The Crowd: Girls, mothers celebrate under the big top

May 09, 2012|By B.W. Cook
  • CIRCUS THEME: National Charity League , Juniors., 2012 Mother-Daughter Luncheon co-chairs Becky Scanlan, Samantha Anderson and Erin Greenwald at the “Under the Big Top” event at The Balboa Bay Club & Resort.
CIRCUS THEME: National Charity League , Juniors., 2012…

A picture-perfect Saturday afternoon in Newport Beach was the backdrop for "Under the Big Top."

The circus-inspired theme was chosen for the 2012 National Charity League, Juniors Mother-Daughter luncheon and fashion show held at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort. It was one of the most exceptionally designed events held in the Bay Club ballroom, transforming the massive space into the interior of a romantic circus tent.

National Charity League, Juniors President Jenny Gehl joined co-chairs Samantha Anderson, Erin Greenwald and Becky Scanlan in welcoming some 500 mothers and daughters under the big top.

The event ultimately raised more than $100,000 for the group's charities. The beneficiaries include High Hopes Head Injury Program, Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, and the Harry and Grace Steele Children's Center at Orange Coast College.

The upbeat event included the introduction of sixth-grade mothers and daughters graduating out of the National Charity League, Juniors program, some of whom began as kindergartners. The purpose of the endeavor is to foster a strong mother-daughter relationship in connection with passing on to the new generation a concern for philanthropic, cultural and social involvement in the community.


Young ladies lunched on a mini corn dog on a stick and cheese pizza while their mothers enjoyed the famous Balboa Bay Club California Cobb salad. For dessert, it was warm churros with coffee cream Anglaise dipping sauce, along with frosted doughnuts and chocolate milk for the girls.

A number of dads were on hand to assist with helping sell the raffle tickets and raise the financial bar. Dads in the crowd were John Calder, Robert Montgomery, Tim Storm, David Greenwald, Eric Hoffman, Anthony Curci, Eric Anderson and Tim Scanlan, to name a few.

Ladies deserving kudos for their hard work included Suzanna Richter, Jennifer Middlemas, Laura Baskurt, Allison Rabin, Cory Lang, Erin Barnes, Allyson D'Eliscu, Marcie Garner, Leslie Montgomery and Kathryn Hoffman, who helped to coordinate the spring fashion presentation produced by Saks Fifth Avenue at South Coast Plaza.

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