There are social events that are all about posturing and community connections. And there are social events that are all about coming together to make a difference for a community purpose.
Last week in Costa Mesa, Circle 1000, in support of The Hoag Cancer Institute, attracted a sold-out breakfast crowd at the Orange County/Costa Mesa Hilton hotel, who were all intent on standing up to cancer.
This 24th annual gathering had nothing to do with fashion or social standing. It had everything to do with survival.
In the Hilton's basement ballroom stood the cancer survivors, some with more than 20 years of life after beating the disease. Others in the crowd, who were still fighting the disease, were surrounded by loved ones — friends and family fighting right alongside the courageous.
Yet despite the seriousness of the morning confab chaired by the dedicated Pame Schmider of Shady Canyon joining underwriting chair Margaret Larkin of Lido Isle, the breakfast was joyful and full of promise and positive energy.