It is arguably the most amazing social event on the fall calendar in Orange County.
For the 29th year, Chapman University presented "American Celebration," which attracted a black-tie crowd of some 750 of the region's most philanthropic citizens. They came, they saw and, in the end, they donated in excess of $2.1 million (net) to support scholarships for Chapman University students. The entire event was nothing short of incredible.
Each year a celebrity guest of honor fronts the excitement. Show business legend Jerry Lewis, whose daughter is a student at Chapman, was the perfect honoree. Elegant and eloquent, Lewis accepted Chapman's Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award on stage with University President James Doti. A massive screen projected clips from Lewis' career, including the classic staircase dance scene from the 1960s-era film "Cinderfella."