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The Crowd: Another year CHOC-ful of follies

April 13, 2012|By B.W. Cook
  • Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, Dale Skiles and Leslie Cancellieri on stage at CHOC Follies XV.
Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, Dale Skiles and Leslie Cancellieri… (Daily Pilot )

The CHOC Follies recently wrapped up its 15th annual production, "Christina and the Crystal Ball: A Cinderella Story for the Social Net Set." It was a four-show run that played to some 2,300 cheering fans at Orange Coast College's Robert B. Moore Theatre in Costa Mesa.

This year's production raised an estimated $500,000 to support construction of The Voice, a project of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation at Children's Hospital of Orange County. The Voice will enable patients at CHOC to engage in creative activities while being confined to the hospital for treatment.

To date, the Follies have netted nearly $6 million in support of CHOC.

Executive Producer Gloria Zigner joined her dedicated event chairs — Leslie Cancellieri, Sandy Segerstrom Daniels and Dale Skiles — along with Associate Producer Lois Augustine, who was representing the CHOC Children's Foundation, in taking a bow at the final curtain with the production's creative staff of John Vaughan, Doug Austin and Lee Martino.

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The community has gotten behind Zigner in a substantial way, and the Follies' sponsorship is impressive. A few of the patrons who make this event possible include this year's title sponsor, XCARET Family Foundation.

It joined BNY Melon, Fran Cashen, The Crean Foundation, Sally and Randy Crockett, Sandy and John Daniels, Ernst & Young LLP, Marybelle and S. Paul Musco, Ingram Micro, Eve Kornyei, Gerda and Dean Koontz and Phil and Mary Lyons in supporting the Follies, along with Henry Mayhew, Judy Morr, Susie and Steven Perry, The PIMCO Foundation, Sue and Ralph Stern, US Trust, Valerie Whiting, and Nancy and Tom Wilson.

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The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Dream Gala raised more than $800,000 at the recent 2012 soirée held at The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel.

Event chairwoman Tracy McCarter and her dedicated Dream Gala committee created an event labeled "Imagine A World Without Diabetes." The evening honored the firm of Stradling, Yocca, Carlson & Rauth in memory of Eleanor Leatherby.

A cocktail reception and tequila bar welcomed the black-tie crowd examining the silent auction and enjoying a wine tasting and vintage wine auction, while surrounded by a spectacular setting sun over the Pacific Ocean.

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