Nearly 500 men and women who truly care about the welfare of children who have suffered many forms of abuse joined together Nov. 14 for the annual Childhelp Holiday Boutique and Luncheon fundraiser.
The Hyatt Regency Hotel, Irvine, was the setting for the massive turnout at the full-day event chaired by Gina Van Ocker and Joy Whitlock-Estrada. A record $130,000 net was raised for the Childhelp programs, including services at The Merv Griffin Village in Beaumont, a residential facility supported in part by the Orange County chapter of Childhelp.
Van Ocker and Whitlock-Estrada were supported by a committee including Rhonda Gibb, Nancy Cardin, Christine Foster, Mary Allyn Dexter, Gwen Forquer, Lyn Barr, Rhonda Gibb, Kristen James and Jennifer Kite. Also providing support were Katherine Meredith, Diana Miner, Katy O'Malley, Pam Pharris (chapter president), Dale San Filippo, Joyce Simon, Nancy Whitlock, Susan Whitlock and Shan Womack.
Major donors included Jacquie and Michael Casey, Kathy and John Slavik and Patti and Jim Edwards. Also recognized for their generosity were the owners and stylists of Images Salon in Corona del Mar. The salon donated $16,100 from a recent "cut-a-thon" fundraiser.