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The Crowd: SOS nets $187,000 after Chef Dinner

November 15, 2012|By B.W. Cook | By B.W. Cook
  • Chef Alessandro Pirozzi (Cucina Alessa & Mare Culinary Lounge), Chef Alan Greeley (the Golden Truffle) and Chef David Man (Island Hotel) work together to plate the third course for the SOS Celebrity Chef Dinner.
Chef Alessandro Pirozzi (Cucina Alessa & Mare Culinary… (Daily Pilot )

The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa welcomed an overflow crowd Nov. 9 for the 22nd annual Celebrity Chef Dinner benefiting Share Our Selves. Nearly 300 guests helped raise $187,000 in support of SOS Orange Aid Project, which collects food from restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries and caterers for distribution to low-income Orange County residents.

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Barons Rock for Cancer Cure

They called it "Rock and Roll for a Cure." The Orange County Barons Ball, co-chaired by Jeanie Gibson and Karyn Sanderson, unfolded recently at the Santa Ana Country Club, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society.

Debbie Douglas, representing the group, estimates that there are more than 11,000 people in Orange County who will be diagnosed with cancer in the coming year. Funds raised will provide medical treatment, wigs, emotional counseling, referral and free transportation for medical visits for Orange County cancer patients in need.

To date the OC Barons League has raised nearly $5 million for the cause.

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Ans host CASA benefit

And speaking of causes, two of O.C.'s most remarkable women, Helene An and her daughter Elizabeth An, of AnQi Gourmet Bistro and Noodle Bar at South Coast Plaza, hosted a $50,000 charity dinner last week benefiting Court Appointed Special Advocates of Orange County, or CASA.

Three celebrated chefs created a lavish dinner for 20 guests that was billed as an "Around The World Gastronomic Feast." Ten generous couples donated $5,000 each to raise the impressive sum for CASA. Participating in the event were Josiah Citrin of Melisse and Celestino Drago of Enoteca Drago.

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Segerstrom Center, LA Opera present 'Foscari'

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts recently joined with LA Opera presenting a very special concert performance of Verdi's "The Two Foscari" in the René and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

The stunning performance featured the renowned Plácido Domingo, supported by a fully staged production and cast from the critically acclaimed Los Angeles Opera. The O.C. crowd was over the moon, offering standing ovations galore at both the intermission and the finale.

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