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.