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March 15, 2013
The Estancia TeWinkle Schools Foundation is raising money Saturday night for a marching band at Estancia High School and band room equipment at TeWinkle Middle School. Each year, the foundation holds a gala where it recognizes distinguished alumni. This year the event will honor Estancia graduates Assemblyman Allan Mansoor from the class of 1982 and Daniel Foster, a U.S. Army Specialist and Silver Star Medal recipient from the class of 2006. The foundation was founded in 2003 with the help of a $1-million grant from C.J. Segerstrom & Sons.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | September 28, 2012
Mission San Juan Capistrano hosted its annual Romance of the Mission fall gala Sept. 14. It starred actor and singer Davis Gaines , perhaps best known for his role in "The Phantom of the Opera," performing in the ruins of the mission's Great Stone Church. Chairing the Friday evening event under toasty late-summer skies were Jan and H. Warren Siegel , a retired Orange County Superior Court judge. The Siegels were also the honored guests of the night recognized for their years of dedication to mission projects.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | April 24, 2014
They say it is the most challenging time of life, and also the most wondrous. How did any of us survive our teenage years? Recently, the Westin South Coast Plaza welcomed Lauri Burns , founder of the Teen Project, as keynote speaker for a spring event billed as "teens helping teens. " The Teen Project partnered with South Coast Plaza producing a retail fashion show accompanying the event, which took place March 30 on the rooftop deck of the Westin at dusk. Organizers planned an early-evening festival featuring games and prizes, food stations and, most importantly, an address by Burns, who knows all too well the angst of the teenage years.
NEWS
May 7, 2005
B.W. COOK Organizers of the Orange County Special Olympics reported that a recent gala dinner event has netted $180,000 to date. Event chairman Betty Belden Palmer, one of Orange County's most dedicated philanthropists, shared that expectations are running high for Special Olympics to top $200,000 in donations when all the funds are tallied. The third annual celebration dinner, entitled "Olympians On Parade," attracted some 450 guests to the Disneyland Hotel recently for an evening of dining, dancing and honoring gifted athletes with special circumstances living in the Orange County community.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | July 18, 2012
The 29th annual gala produced by the Cystic Fibrosis Guild welcomed nearly 500 guests to the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa for a summer soirée. It netted an impressive $535,000 benefiting Cystic Fibrosis research and care. Gala chairs Dan and Gayle Demsher welcomed the overflow crowd, with Cystic Fibrosis Guild President Sue Hook . She presented the guild's highest honor, the Breath of Life Award, to Susana Huston , Beth and Bob Huston and Helen and Bob Zieman . The awardees were lauded for their unwavering support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and its lifesaving efforts.
NEWS
March 12, 2005
Elia Powers It has been six months since Cheri Phelps finished her last chemotherapy treatment, and the 50-year-old Irvine resident said her spirits are high. Two years ago, it was a different story. She was diagnosed with a late stage of colon cancer and said she couldn't get a unanimous decision from doctors about appropriate treatments. "I was in need of a group that understood my problems," Phelps said. "I was trying to protect my family -- I didn't want them to be exposed to how difficult this was on me."
BUSINESS
July 6, 2007
M. Zuckerman Public Relations and Marketing, a Newport Beach-based firm, has been selected by Mission San Juan Capistrano to handle public relations for the "Romance of the Mission" fundraising gala on Sept. 14. The gala will divert all its proceeds to restoration and preservation of the South Museum Wing of the mission, which was built in 1778 and has remained mostly intact since. Vittorio Grigolo, a world-renowned Italian tenor, will sing at the gala. The firm, founded by Madeline Zuckerman 30 years ago, is headquartered in Newport Beach and has a branch office in Palm Springs.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2009
The Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Club will host its second annual Harnessing Hope Gala fundraising event Saturday in Newport Beach. The Oktoberfest-themed event will feature live music, dancing, authentic German food and live and silent auctions. The riding club gives children and adults with disabilities ranging from cerebral palsy to autism a chance to go on therapeutic horseback rides. The gala is 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Village Crean, 2300 Mesa Drive. For more information, visit www.backbaytrc.
BUSINESS
December 2, 2008
Five attorneys were recently recognized by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Assn. at a gala at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa. About 400 people attended the benefit, which raised $50,000 for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation through the dinner and silent auction Nov. 21. Former Angels infielder and Hall of Famer Rod Carew, whose teenage daughter died of cancer, gave the keynote speech. Awards were given to Darren Aitken, Raymond Boucher, Kimberly Valentine, Richard Cohn and Robert Robinson for their roles in winning big cases on behalf of victims in personal injury, malpractice and other similar suits.
LOCAL
By Allison OlmsteadCommunity Correspondent | April 22, 2009
 The Queen of Hearts Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising funds for ovarian cancer research at UCI – Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, is proud to announce Sandi Hanscom as the 2009 Gala Chair  Responsible for organizing the 2009 Queen of Hearts gala, Set a Course To Save A Life .  Queen of Hearts has raised almost a $1 million dollars since the Foundation got its start in 2000 and founder, Kim Beaudette believes...
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ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | April 24, 2014
They say it is the most challenging time of life, and also the most wondrous. How did any of us survive our teenage years? Recently, the Westin South Coast Plaza welcomed Lauri Burns , founder of the Teen Project, as keynote speaker for a spring event billed as "teens helping teens. " The Teen Project partnered with South Coast Plaza producing a retail fashion show accompanying the event, which took place March 30 on the rooftop deck of the Westin at dusk. Organizers planned an early-evening festival featuring games and prizes, food stations and, most importantly, an address by Burns, who knows all too well the angst of the teenage years.
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NEWS
By Hannah Fry | April 17, 2014
When asked to name their favorite teacher, many students have a clear choice. However, those teachers are rarely, if ever, recognized. The Costa Mesa Library Foundation set out to change that this year with its first favorite teacher contest. TeWinkle Middle School teachers Denise McKenzie, Rebecca Millam and Misty Smith and College Park kindergarten teacher Cindy Fernald were each nominated by current and former students as contest finalists. More than 200 students, some of whom had parents's help, submitted nominations for teachers in the Costa Mesa area.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | March 20, 2014
She sauntered up to the microphone, which was attached to a clear Plexiglas podium on the fashion runway. Her slinky, fitted, coral-colored silk pants under a matching tunic caught the attention of a very well-dressed audience. Kristen James , president of the Orange County Chapter of Childhelp, welcomed the crowd to the 28th annual "For the Love of a Child" fashion show and luncheon sponsored in great part by South Coast Plaza. For nearly three decades, Childhelp Orange County has matured and grown into one of the most active social-charitable groups on the Orange Coast.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | November 16, 2013
As Costa Mesa friends and neighbors toasted to good times at the OC Mix, a sweet voice sang in the background. Amanda Moore, a 16-year-old Costa Mesa High senior, tickled her keyboard and covered Carrie Underwood ("Before he cheats") and Fleetwood Mac ("Landslide") among other prominent musicians. Moore's talent was undeniable and she could one day make songs that others will cover. For now she was the perfect touch during the Costa Mesa High School Foundation's annual gala Nov. 9. Everyone was there to help raise money for the foundation and to help a school that has such talented students as Moore, an aspiring musician and artist.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | September 26, 2013
There was a time, not many years ago, when Orange County was the cultural stepchild of Los Angeles. Boy, have things changed. Today, on many fronts, the O.C. leads the charge in such areas as the performing arts, visual arts, healthcare and scientific advancement, and all the while enjoying a standard of living that is enviable worldwide. The proof of Orange County's cultural achievement was displayed Saturday evening at a first-class event marking the golden anniversary of South Coast Repertory.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | August 23, 2013
When Jean Watt walked into the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club around noon Friday, she thought she had simply been invited to lunch with two friends. Instead, when Watt reached the bottom of the stairs leading toward the club's outdoor patio, about 20 people greeted her with applause. The longtime Newport beach environmentalist had been named, much to her surprise, the Newport Beach Citizen of the Year. Watt, known for environmental stewardship, placed her hand over her chest and looked confusedly across the smiling faces of those gathered, including past award recipients.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | July 25, 2013
The glory of summer on the Newport Coast was celebrated recently at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club as over 200 guests converged for the annual "White Party. " Benefiting the Newport Harbor Sailing Foundation (founded in 1997), the annual summer tradition raised $43,000 net, which will be used to fund local Newport-Mesa high school sailing teams. Also receiving support will be the sailing teams from Sage Hill School and Mater Dei High School. Event chairs Leslie and Dennis Shannon advised that the financial assistance helps the sailors with traveling expenses, which can be costly given the fact that regattas and races take place worldwide.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 2013
There were several highlights during the sixth annual Pipeline to a Cure Gala, benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Saturday night. Certainly Mike Ness of Social Distortion taking the stage for a rare collaboration with local 80s cover band Flashback Heart Attack stood out among those highlights at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. Ness and his wife, Christine, who live in Newport Beach, were honored during the event that...
NEWS
July 18, 2013
Mike Ness of Social Distortion and his wife, Christine, will be honored during the sixth annual Pipeline to a Cure Gala, benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa on Saturday. The event is also a celebration of the benefits that surfing brings to the CF community. Mike and Christine Ness, who live in Newport Beach, are the 2013 Emily's Heroes honorees. They are known for their commitment to Pipeline to a Cure before the inaugural event.
NEWS
March 15, 2013
The Estancia TeWinkle Schools Foundation is raising money Saturday night for a marching band at Estancia High School and band room equipment at TeWinkle Middle School. Each year, the foundation holds a gala where it recognizes distinguished alumni. This year the event will honor Estancia graduates Assemblyman Allan Mansoor from the class of 1982 and Daniel Foster, a U.S. Army Specialist and Silver Star Medal recipient from the class of 2006. The foundation was founded in 2003 with the help of a $1-million grant from C.J. Segerstrom & Sons.
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