An extravagant evening in Newport Beach unfolded last Saturday at The Island Hotel on behalf of KOCE-TV Public Television. The grand gala, co-chaired by Peggy Goldwater Clay and Ardelle St. George, was themed "That's Entertainment." The party certainly lived up to its title.
Super-generous underwriter John Tu, chairman of Kingston Technology Corp., and his 28-member band, known as "California Dreamin'" (with Tu on the drums ), absolutely blew away the 250 black tie-clad guests who had gathered to support KOCE-TV.
The John Tu band was the tip of the iceberg. Orange County High School of the Arts founder Ralph Opacic sang a rendition of "Don't Get Around Much Any More." KOCE board member Heidi Cortese joined dance partner Eddie Alba doing the foxtrot to "The Business of Love." South Coast Plaza executive Sarah Corrigan joined KOCE president Mel Rogers in singing a duet that was a takeoff on the famous Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash rendition of "Jackson."