Jean Wegener, the closest thing in Costa Mesa to the "unsinkable" Molly Brown, announced this week that her beloved Serving People In Need, otherwise known as SPIN, has firmed up Nov. 5 at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach, for its annual gala gourmet food and wine event.
Hotel Executive Chef Jeff Littlefield, who has been a long-standing friend of SPIN, will join local star chef Alessandro Pirozzi, owner of the popular Cucina Alessá in creating a spectacular Italian-themed evening. Pirozzi was recently named Chef of the Year on the Orange Coast. He supervises three Italian bistros: one in Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach.
Funds raised will benefit SPIN's programs that assist in homeless housing, substance-abuse recovery, meals, job training and more. Contact Kim Frazier at SPIN for more information at (714) 751-1101 ext. 19 or write KimF@spinoc.org.
The O.C. Barons' League presented the 2011 USO Tour of Hope on Aug. 13 at Santa Ana Country Club. The annual gathering is all about assisting the American Cancer Society. Over the years, the group has helped raise a remarkable $5 million in the fight against cancer. Funds go to research, education, advocacy and vital patient services.