The Crowd: Raising funds like the Dickens

October 31, 2013|By B.W. Cook
  • Pacific Chorale Immediate Past Chairman Mart Hubbard and Margie Hubbard (co-chairs of Dickens Underwriting Dinner) with Pacific Chorale board member Vina Williams Slattery and Tom Slattery (co-chairs of A Dickens Feast).
Pacific Chorale Immediate Past Chairman Mart Hubbard… (Jan Landstrom )

The generous Mart and Margie Hubbard once again invited dedicated donors supporting the Pacific Chorale to a midweek dinner at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach.

The Oct. 16 gathering raised an impressive $120,000 in underwriting to cover the cost of producing the Chorale's Dickens Feast, which will take place Dec. 22 with a concert and dinner at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the Westin South Coast Plaza.

Fifty-five guests arrived at Big Canyon greeted by the Hubbards and the evening's co-chair, Jan Landstrom. The crowd was treated to cocktails on the Big Canyon terrace, followed by a wonderful dinner buffet in the dining room interspersed with entertainment provided by Pacific Chorale singers Ricky McKillips and Denean Dyson. The talented pair were accompanied by pianist and arranger David Clemensen.

In the holiday spirit, Landstrom created the illusion of an early Christmas, complete with a lighted tree and dinner place settings adorned with glittering red bags of chocolate stars wrapped in silver foil. PBS SoCal's Maria Hall-Brown joined fellow anchor Ed Arnold in serving as emcees for the evening.


In the crowd were John Alexander, artistic director of the Pacific Chorale, Elizabeth Pearson, president of the Pacific Chorale, Warren Coy, chairman of the board of the Pacific Chorale, and Tom and Vina Williams Slattery, co-chairs of the upcoming Dickens Feast. Also front and center were Mary and Phil Lyons, Hans and Valerie Imhof, John and Marcia Cashion, Bob and Kimberly Bernatz, Benton and Wanlyn Bejack, Christopher Town and Robert Celio.

For reservations and information for the Dickens Feast/'Tis the Season concert, please call (714) 662-2345.


Mothers, daughters support National Charity League

The Newport Beach Civic Center hosted members of the Newport Chapter of the National Charity League, Inc. for the 2013 Philanthropy Fair on Oct. 17.

The evening event brought together 175 mothers and more than 200 daughters who joined forces to support more than 20 local philanthropies in Orange County. Among the beneficiaries were Serving People In Need (SPIN), Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter, Human Options and the Second Harvest Food Bank.

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