December 10, 2005
The 19th annual Christmas at the Ritz presented by the Fashionable Women of Chapman University raised an impressive $172,000 for the university. The Fashionable Women really should change their name to the Incredible Fundraising Women inasmuch as the ladies made a pledge to Chapman University to raise $500,000 over a five-year period. They raised the funds in 2 1/2 years, honoring their pledge, and brought in close to $200,000 more last weekend at their annual Christmas luncheon.
April 8, 2006
ORANGE ? Rachel Bomgren hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning as Vanguard University salvaged a nonconference softball doubleheader split with Chapman University on Friday. The Lions (18-20) won the second game, 2-1, on Bomgren's homer. Erin Ladd's RBI single in the fifth inning tied the score at 1-1. Krista Mahan picked up the victory, scattering seven hits and striking out six. In the first game, Vanguard was held to six hits in a 2-0 loss. Bomgren had two hits in the game, with Ladd, Heather Durham, Jennifer Rynda and Jenna Willis adding hits.
October 15, 2003
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November 10, 1999
-- Alex Coolman The School of Law at Chapman University has received a $5-million gift from Newport Beach resident and Chapman trustee Harry Rinker. Chapman President James L. Doti characterized the contribution as "one of the most significant" the school had received during its Millennium Campaign, a fund-raising effort that aims to generate $160 million. Rinker and his wife Diane have previously made sizable contributions to the university. The atrium of its Argyros Forum, a classroom in its Technology Hall and several scholarships are named for the Rinkers.
July 20, 2012
Donna Crean, a well-known philanthropist in Orange County, died Friday morning at her home in Newport Beach, the Orange County Register reported . She had been battling Alzheimer's disease for some time. She was 82. Crean and her late husband, John, created The Crean Foundation, which gave away $5 million to charities in just the last year, according to the Register's report. The Donna and John Crean Mariners Branch Library in Newport was named after the couple, who also donated $10 million to Chapman University in 2010.
January 31, 2003
Rachel 'Toni' Oliphant Rachel "Toni" Oliphant, a Corona del Mar resident better known as one of the three Knott sisters, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure. She was 86. Mrs. Oliphant and sisters Virginia and Marion and brother Russell were the children of Walter and Cordelia Knott, the couple who owned Knott's Berry Farm. Mrs. Oliphant remained active in the growth of Knott's Berry Farm. She was involved in retail as a general partner and director before it was sold to Cedar Fair L.P. in 1997.
October 25, 2003
O'Meara-McGovern John and Polly O'Meara of Newport Beach announce the engagement of their daughter Christie O'Meara of Newport Beach to Jack W. McGovern II of West Palm Beach, Fla. The bride-elect graduated from Corona del Mar High school, Baylor University and Indiana University. The future bridegroom, son of Jack and Cindy McGovern of Olive Branch Miss., graduated from Kennesaw State University in Ga. A Nov. 15 wedding is planned at the Center Club in Costa Mesa.
March 15, 2003
McElfresh-Pitman Mr. and Mrs. Ross and Bonnie McElfresh of Newport Beach announce the engagement of their daughter, Marin McElfresh of Costa Mesa, to Kristofer Pitman of Costa Mesa. The bride-elect graduated from Newport Harbor High School and Chapman University. The future bridegroom, son of Lynette Matheny of Pensacola and Dwight Pitman of San Diego, graduated from Hilltop High School and Chapman University. An Aug. 16 wedding is planned at the Sherman Gardens in Corona del Mar. Carroll-Graveline Addie Carroll of Laguna Niguel and Tom Carroll of Reno, Nev. announce the engagement of their daughter, Colleen Carroll of Laguna Niguel, to Greg Graveline of Newport Beach.
July 21, 2012
Orange County philanthropist Donna Crean died Friday morning in Village Crean in Newport Beach, surrounded by family, a family friend confirmed Saturday. Crean had been battlingAlzheimer's. She was 82. Barbara Venezia, an OC Register columnist and close friend of the family, said a burial will take place Tuesday and a private memorial shortly thereafter. "Donna was the glue that held the family together," Venezia said Saturday. "She was a force to be reckoned with. She had a great sense of humor and a great faith.
September 19, 2013
They soared on the wings of eagles. A group of Newport-Mesa women, led by Stephanie Bernardy and Michele Mullen , came together Sept. 13 at Newport Beach's Haute Cakes Caffe to launch a new women's auxiliary dedicated to fundraising and "friendraising" on behalf of Santa Ana's KidWorks educational enrichment programs. They are calling their group WINGS, an acronym for Women Investing In Graduate Success. The Friday evening event attracted 100 guests raising more than $10,000 to launch the WINGS auxiliary.