The Crowd: A dose of Sugar Ray for charity

September 12, 2013|By B.W. Cook
  • Jean Wegener, Mary Lou Shattuck, Kim Frazier of SPIN preparing for the 25th Anniversary Gala on Nov. 1 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa.
Jean Wegener, Mary Lou Shattuck, Kim Frazier of SPIN preparing… (Hasib Rahmani )

The invitations will be in the mail next week for what promises to be one of the most fun and worthwhile social events on the fall social calendar.

Serving People In Need (SPIN) will celebrate its 25th anniversary Nov. 1 with a gala dinner and concert at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa. Costa Mesa-based SPIN, led by the indefatigable Jean Wegener and her dedicated development executive Kim Frazier, have organized a very special evening that will star the rock group Sugar Ray, fronted by Orange County native and lead singer Mark McGrath, performing a private concert for the Friday night crowd.

If that is not enough, one of America's most famous chefs, Charlie Palmer, whose empire of restaurants and boutique hotels stretches from coast to coast, has generously agreed to create a fabulous dinner including wine pairings working closely with the Hyatt chef, Manfred Lassahn.

Wegener shares that a recent independent report conducted by Focus Strategies of Sacramento for the OC Partnership compared 60 transitional housing programs operated by 33 providers, determining that 91% of SPIN's clients successfully completed the program and did not return to homelessness.


"SPIN outperformed the others with regard to the cost of our program and the success of our program comparing three years' worth of data," Wegener added. "SPIN's housing program makes sure the children no longer live in poverty and are stably housed at the end of the program with their parents able to afford permanent housing based on their own income."

To support SPIN and be a part of the 25th gala celebration, order tickets to the black-tie-optional party at $250 per person. Please call Frazier at (714) 751-1101, ext. 19, or email to make your reservation.


SCR opens the social season

Talk about a classy evening. Julianne and George Argyros opened their stunning Italian palazzo on the Newport bayfront for a chic dinner reception at sunset Tuesday, honoring the many patrons who have supported South Coast Repertory for decades.

In pure Argyros style, the host and hostess, with their trademark self-deprecating style, told the handsome crowd gathered in the stately two-story foyer in their home, "We are honored to host this reception in our home, but this evening is not about us. It is about all of you who have worked so hard and have contributed so much to make SCR one of the most honored and recognized theatrical companies in America."

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