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The Crowd: Ferders feted for sponsorship efforts

September 09, 2011|By B.W. Cook
  • World-class jewelers Moti and Idit Ferder of Lugano Diamonds join Terry Dwyer at a reception honoring Lugano Diamonds' commitment to support the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' 25th anniversary season.
World-class jewelers Moti and Idit Ferder of Lugano Diamonds… (Daily Pilot )

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts recognized the efforts of donor Lugano Diamonds of Newport Beach at a cocktail reception prior to the opening of the "West Side Story" run. Lugano Diamonds, owned by Moti and Idit Ferder, was applauded as a corporate sponsor of the center's private hospitality room, which the Ferders will underwrite throughout the center's 25th anniversary year.

Both The Center Room in Segerstrom Hall and The Donor Lounge at The Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall are open to donors before performances as well as during intermissions, and are also used for special events and receptions. The Ferders' current contribution to the center comes in addition to years of support of the Candlelight Concert and the Guilds of the Center annual fashion show fundraiser.

Center president Terry Dwyer commented, "The Ferders' generosity is exceptional and we are grateful for their additional gift this year during our 25th season."

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In the crowd enjoying pre-performance cocktail and hors d' oeuvres were Susan Strader, Mary and Richard Cramer, Rick Van Fossan, Bill Corkett, Hagi and Moshe Partouche, Yael and Ory Gur, Lugano executive Stuart Winston and Newport's ultra fashionable Barbara Bowie and her lovely daughter Becky.

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The social crowd will be headed to the Ritz-Carlton hotel Saturday for the 2011 South Coast Repertory gala being labeled "The Black and White Ball." On Friday, SCR will present Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," directed by Kyle Donnelly on the Segerstrom Stage.

Dana Green, who portrayed Helena last season in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," returns to SCR on the bill with Corey Brill, a young actor new to the SCR theatrical family. For more information, visit the SCR website, www.SCR.org.

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The social season 2011 kicks off in great style with the return of "Romance of the Mission" Sept. 16. The Mission Preservation Foundation will honor the Rev. Msgr. Arthur A. Holquin, for his unwavering commitment to the preservation of Mission San Juan Capistrano.

The event is one of the most elegant and purposeful of the year, beginning with a 6 p.m. reception in the mission's gardens, followed by a concert at dusk in the ruins of the Great Stone Church, which will feature baritone Rod Gilfry. A candlelight dinner will follow in the central courtyard, prepared and served by the legendary Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel.

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