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The Crowd: Palmer's hand in many dishes

April 20, 2012|By B.W. Cook

Saks Fifth Avenue hosted guests of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) at a kick-off reception in advance of their upcoming Black & White Ball, set for May 19 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa.

Elegant hostess and restaurateur Elizabeth An supervised the catering of Asian-inspired hors d'oeuvres from AnQi by Crustacean, as champagne flowed and Saks provided a chic fashion show of black-and-white cocktail attire and evening gowns.

An joined sisters Catherine and Hannah and their father, Danny, along with Lourdes and Ted Nark. Both families are set to be honored at the May 19 ball.

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Also in the crowd of revelers were Christina and Bill Lyon, Betty and S.L. Huang, Inga and Mark Beder, Marsha and Darrell Anderson, and Richard Moriarty and Lauren Blackwood.

The evening was co-chaired by Wendy Tenebaum, Nancy Eaton, Susan Kirkland and honoree Lourdes Nark.

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Chapman benefit pageant raises boat-load of cash

The hands-on Beckstrand Cancer Foundation, helping cancer patients by providing lifesaving funding for living essentials, received a generous donation of support from students at Chapman University.

The annual "Delta Queen" pageant at Chapman, sponsored by the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, raised an impressive $30,000 for Beckstrand under the leadership of Ryan Wilkenson, executive director of the pageant.

To date, the fraternity has raised and donated $135,000 to Beckstrand.

Television star Eva LaRue of "CSI: Miami" and her daughter, Kaya, joined Beckstrand executive director Lil Spitzer and Chapman trustee David Wilson, of the Wilson Automotive Group, in judging the pageant.

Newport's Donald and Dee Dee Sodaro were the 2012 honored guests, receiving the S. Paul Musco Award for philanthropy through Chapman University.

THE CROWD runs Thursdays and Saturdays. B.W. Cook is editor of the Bay Window, the official publication of the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach.

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