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May 01, 2014|By B.W. Cook

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Kitchen champion plans dinner

The pretty and super-talented chef Jamie Gwen, host of her own nationally syndicated radio show as well as author of four bestselling cookbooks, fronted the recent Champions to CureDuchenne gala at the Balboa Bay Resort.

A March 29 black-tie dinner featured a menu by chef Jamie, who is also a certified sommelier. Debra Miller, founder and chief executive of CureDuchenne, was on hand to thank chef Jamie for her significant contribution to the evening that also honored Doug Freeman, a nationally recognized businessman and tax attorney who was largely responsible for creating a viable model for CureDuchenne's fundraising and philanthropic outreach.

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For those unfamiliar, Duchenne is a form of muscular dystrophy that affects boys, usually diagnosed by age 5. Most are in a wheelchair by age 12 and rarely survive past their mid-20s. There is no approved treatment for Duchenne. Funding supports research aimed at finding a cure. To learn more, go to http://www.cureduchenne.org or call (949) 872-2552.

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Bealls honored at UCI

UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts paid tribute to Newport's philanthropic Joan and Donald Beall at a March 10 ceremony that was the third annual presentation of the Claire Trevor Commemorative Star. Dean Joseph S. Lewis III and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Howard Gillman were in attendance to honor the Bealls.

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Gloria Zigner does it again

More than 2,200 OC citizens filled the Robert B. Moore Theatre at Orange Coast College recently for four performances of the 17th annual presentation of the CHOC Follies under the supervision of Gloria Zigner, executive producer and creator. It was announced this week that the follies have netted more than $7 million for Children's Hospital over its amazing 17-year run.

This season's production — billed as "CHOCton Abbey," a satirical spoof of the popular PBS drama "Downton Abbey" — featured an enormous cast of talented volunteers led by follies co-chairs Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, Dale Skiles and SueAnn Cross. Once again produced by the dedicated and talented team of Lois Augustine, John Vaughan, Doug Austin and Lee Martino, the show enjoyed a four-performance run punctuated with roaring laughter and thunderous applause.

"I can't believe it's been 17 years," gushed Zigner, wiping away a tear. "It's all for the kids."

Indeed it is.

THE CROWD runs Fridays. B.W. Cook is editor of the Bay Window, the official publication of the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach.

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