Celebrating 10 years of jazz at The Ocean Institute, Dana Point, a sold-out crowd came together for two evenings of incredible music, fabulous food and, most importantly, a purpose of raising funds to support the institute's educational programs. They accomplished their goal with style and success, raising $180,000 net.
The jazz and gourmet dining event unfolded on Feb. 3 and 4, presented by organizers at The Ocean Institute in conjunction with partners 94.7 The Wave radio, which was represented by anchors Pat Prescott and Kim Amidon.
Producer and jazz artist Rick Braun once again was at the helm of the fundraiser, joining fellow artists David Benoit and Mindi Abair in helping attract the sold-out jazz loving crowd.
The festivities began on the evening of Friday, Feb. 3, with a less formal program supported by some 290 patrons, who came to hear Braun and friends, while sampling delicacies from IL Fornaio and wines hosted by Pear Valley Vineyards.