The Segerstrom Center for the Arts launched its 25th-anniversary season in grand style. The Founders Plus, an organization comprised of citizens who were the early visionaries involved in the creation of the center, came together for a silver anniversary dinner in the Samueli Theater.
It was a gathering of longtime friendships, as some 120 members of Founders Plus and their dinner guests reminisced on the early days when the Segerstrom Center — formerly known as the Orange County Performing Arts Center — was nothing else but agricultural land.
The evening marked the inauguration of the Founders Plus Legacy Endowment Program, which, along with other significant Founders Plus financial support, enables the center to provide programs for schoolchildren in the community and tickets to many performances throughout the year. It's an effort for O.C. citizens who might not be able to attend otherwise.
The Founders Plus evening was hosted by Shari Esayian, president of the group, who joined the Silver Celebration gala chair Ruth Ding in welcoming many of the most significant philanthropic partners who have been mainstays of the center's growth.