The Newport-Mesa community rallied in grand spirit Nov. 12 to officially welcome the Oasis Senior Center. The Friends of Oasis Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality services to the senior population, invited local citizens to dinner and a performance by the legendary Debbie Reynolds. It was nothing short of a spectacular opening night gala for the center, and the crowd turned out en force to honor all of the folks who made it happen.
The big event, billed as "Discover Oasis," was chaired by local legend Evelyn Hart, for whom the new main auditorium at Oasis is named. Many in attendance commented on how appropriate it was to have Reynolds, "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," inaugurate the center made possible in great part through the efforts of the indefatigable and totally unsinkable Hart, who has served the Newport-Mesa community for decades with unselfish dedication to the betterment of community life for all. Hart was joined in the gala effort by two additional community "givers" Sharyn Buffa and Pam Curry.