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The Crowd: Big numbers for the 1221 Club

December 20, 2012|By B.W. Cook
  • Todd Pickup and Carole Pickup at the 1221 Club holiday fashion show held at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort.
Todd Pickup and Carole Pickup at the 1221 Club holiday… (Daily Pilot )

More than 100 women dressed in their finest holiday attire came together in the Grand Ballroom of the Balboa Bay Club & Resort for a Christmas luncheon benefiting the 1221 Club student scholarship fund sponsored by the Balboa Bay Club.

Carole Pickup, the matriarch of the Pickup family, who are the new owners of the Coast Highway landmark, hosted the event created around a fashion show that was all about color and style for the season. Carole was joined by her daughter, Devon Martin, and son-in-law Kevin Martin, along with daughter-in-law Natalie Pickup and son Todd Pickup, greeting the upbeat crowd that has over the past 15 years raised and donated in excess of a half-million dollars in student grants for Newport-Mesa high school seniors headed for advanced studies in universities all across America.

The holiday event was a "friend-raiser" with the intention of initiating new members into the organization, which takes its name from the iconic street address of the Balboa Bay Club on Coast Highway.

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Glamorous women in the crowd included the classy Anne Wortmann, wife of John Wortmann, chairman of the Board of Governors of the Balboa Bay Club; Kathy Hamilton, local community philanthropist and activist, wife of banker Noel Hamilton; newly appointed Balboa Bay Club Governor Jane Rivera, wife of entrepreneur Arthur Rivera; leading Newport philanthropist Catherine Thyen, respected columnist Link Mathewson with her stunning gal pal Donna Pickup, and the wife of the former president of the club, Marilyn Wooten.

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We love Liza

Liza Minnelli came to town last week, appearing in a two-night sold-out concert performance in Segerstrom Hall. The diva joined Southern California's MenAlive chorus, led by artistic director Rich Cook, in what was billed as a "Winter Spectacular" concert. Minnelli poured her heart and soul into the performance, delivering a tour de force experience that had members of the audience on their feet offering standing ovations throughout the show.

We have become accustomed to what I hesitatingly label "mediocre entertainment" delivered by multiple television talent shows that fill the airwaves with the work of performers who might more suitably be found in high school singing contests.

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