Mission San Juan Capistrano hosted its annual Romance of the Mission fall gala Sept. 14. It starred actor and singer Davis Gaines, perhaps best known for his role in "The Phantom of the Opera," performing in the ruins of the mission's Great Stone Church.
Chairing the Friday evening event under toasty late-summer skies were Jan and H. Warren Siegel, a retired Orange County Superior Court judge.
The Siegels were also the honored guests of the night recognized for their years of dedication to mission projects. They welcomed a sold-out crowd of 300 guests raising significant funds to complete reconstruction of the new gatehouse at the mission. It is under the charge of Costa Mesa-based Hofmann-Finn Development Co. and is set to be finished in March.
Major support for the evening and for the gatehouse project Gate came from donors including the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, which underwrote the gala dinner; the O'Connell Family Foundation; Sheila and Jim Peterson; Microsemi; Melinda and Tony Moiso; Lula Halfacre; E.J. Tracy and Tracy Industries; and Connie and Peter Spenuzza.