It was an evening of illumination.
The 2011 PBS SoCal gala on Saturday evening attracted a crowd of nearly 500 guests converging upon the Orange County Fair & Event Center's hangar building in Costa Mesa. Co-chairs of the mega successful party Peggy Goldwater Clay and Ardelle St. George themed the fourth annual gala "Illumination," and they pulled out all the stops.
Arriving at dusk for a hosted cocktail reception, guests were entertained by a series of Cirque performers including acrobats, dancers, mimes, stilt walkers and fire twirlers. There was even a human butterfly appearing in an enormous plastic bubble and coming to life via its own metamorphosis. The black-tie evening was attended by Orange County philanthropists helping to raise more than $550,000 net for PBS SoCal, formerly known as KOCE.