If you seek verification that Orange County has grown up, the evidence lies simply in the coming of a new generation of community leaders. In some ways it is hard to comprehend that time has passed, not by years, but by decades. The great men and women of the mid-20th century push on out of the bean fields and into the new technology, passing the proverbial torch to a generation coming of age in their 30s and early 40s.
One such family of demonstrable influence recently held a sunset cocktail reception in Newport Beach to promote the philanthropic mission of their daughter and her associates. George Argyros, the former U.S. ambassador to Spain, and his wife, Julia, welcomed a large and supportive crowd at their residence to promote the work of Stephanie Argyros Gehl, Daneia Sanadiki and Krista Lesh Jajonie.
The three young women call their charitable pursuit Three Moms on a Mission. Their purpose is to raise funds for children requiring surgery to repair birth defects associated with a cleft lip. The mission is worldwide, and the three O.C. women work in association with Operation Smile, "changing lives one at a time."