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The Crowd: Guilds spin the wheel for spring

May 01, 2014|By B.W. Cook
  • Segerstrom Center for the Arts "Bet on the Wheels" gala honorees Mike and Eve Ruffatto with Center President Terry Dwyer.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts "Bet on the Wheels"… (Nick Koon )

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts remains the cornerstone of culture in Orange County.

The ever-constant devotion of a confederation of local guilds has, over some three-plus decades, provided a combination of enthusiastic moral and financial support. On April 12 in Costa Mesa, The Guilds of the Center gathered their combined formidable forces for the second spring celebration, billed as "Bet on the Wheels."

The evening of casino-style gaming, dining and dancing unfolded in the giant ballroom of the Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center, co-chaired by Amy Larson and Marty Olds. Also front and center for the event was overall guilds chair Marilyn McCorkle, who welcomed honored guests of the night Eve and Michael Ruffatto of Corona del Mar and Denver. Eve Ruffatto is a center board member.

Others recognized included the very talented husband-and-wife jewelers Idit and Moti Ferder of Lugano Diamonds. The Ferders have become most generous philanthropists supporting the arts in Orange County. They shared the spotlight with the much-admired Bev Sandelman, former chair of the guilds, who was honored with the inaugural Guilds Inspiration Award. By the end of the evening, more than $250,000 was raised for the Segerstrom Center.

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An O.C. Duck dynasty

The seventh annual Lady Ducks fashion show luncheon unfolded at the trendy Montage Laguna Beach.

The March 21 event teamed up the fashion patrol from Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza and a cast of handsome male and gorgeous female models, all helping to raise funds for Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). Co-chaired by Caroline Marchant, wife of Ducks alum and Stanley Cup champion Todd Marchant, and Paige Getzlaf, wife of Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, the event attracted a sold-out crowd of donors helping to raise the total financial tally from the past six years to more than $650,000.

The Lady Ducks originally pledged funds in support of creating a fitness center on CHOC's pediatric oncology floor. With that funding challenge met, the 2014 dollars raised are earmarked for the CHOC Children's Small Baby Unit, a specialized unit focused on infants at or under 21 ounces.

A highlight of the Lady Ducks' day at the Montage was a second fashion show that followed the professional runway display produced by Bloomingdale's. Later in the afternoon, it was the children's turn to walk the catwalk as kids from Ducks families joined with CHOC children to strut their best looks to the resounding applause of an appreciative audience.

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