Sponsored by FOSAZ (Friends of Santa Ana Zoo), the nonprofit has supported the zoo for more than 30 years. Its commitment has made all the difference for the community and more importantly for the residents of the zoo.
This year's party was billed as "Hot Egyptian Nights," and keeping tradition alive, the arriving crowd was greeted once again with a signature cocktail for the evening. What else but … Cleopatra's Kiss!
Catering was in the hands of Parties by Panache. Music provided by "Class of '69" and an amazing silent and live auction helped to raise the financial bar.
The honored guest of the night was O.C. Register columnist Frank Mickedeit. An ardent zoo supporter, he has even spent three days and nights in a cage creating a webcam documentary.
South Coast Plaza joined with the Orange County Performing Arts Center to welcome cast and crew of the Bolshoi Ballet to Orange County. A smashing Monday luncheon at one of the most exceptional bistros on the California Riviera, Marché Moderne, brought together some of the most talented dancers, choreographers, producers and costume designers in the world of dance. They are calling the performances "Reflections," set to premiere in Costa Mesa on Jan. 20 to 23, 2011. The dance company will then return to Moscow to perform "Reflections" Jan. 27 to 30.
Debra Gunn Downing, South Coast Plaza's executive director of marketing, and Terry Dwyer, president of the Performing Arts Center, welcomed the crowd, which included distinguished producer Sergei Danilian and costume designer Igor Chapurin. Female stars of the upcoming premiere and members of the Bolshoi Company included Natalia Osipova, Yekaterina Krysanova, and Yekaterina Shipulina.
Their male counterparts, Alexander Volchkov, Vyacheslav Lopatin, Denis Savin and Ivan Vasiliev all enjoyed the welcome luncheon at long banquet tables placed on the Marché terrace that were adorned with red-velvet summer blooms in low glass square vases.
The O.C. Performing Arts Center has become nationally recognized as a center of dance. Also in the crowd, the center's driving artistic programming force, Judith Morr, its executive vice president, hobnobbed with members of the Russian delegation. For more information, visit OCPAC.org or call (714) 556-2787.