This was a party worthy of coverage in Town & Country magazine. The 37th annual Candlelight Concert, which celebrated the performing arts in Orange County, raised more than $1 million for the O.C. Performing Arts Center's artistic and educational programs. Chaired by two of the communities most philanthropic and classy women, Liz Merage and Eve Kornyei, the evening attracted a contingent of the region's best and brightest for what arguably is the grandest of charitable events on the Orange Coast.
It was a night of high spirits and reminiscing for many in the crowd who have attended the concert year after year, generously donating significant sums of money in support of the performing arts. Raising $1 million after expenses is no easy task in this economy. Serious underwriting was needed to cover the cost of organizing the event, which featured a show by legendary songwriter-singer Smokey Robinson, who was backed up by talented musicians, singers and dancers.