March 18, 2011
A big turnout for the Pacific Coast Wine Festival benefiting the Pacific Symphony netted more than $150,000 for the arts organization. The sold-out wine auction and tasting at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach attracted 300 local residents in their finest cocktail attire, enjoying a multi-course dinner while sampling many of the world's most coveted wines. The lively affair was produced by honorary Chairs and Pacific Symphony board member Nancy Kelley and her husband Kim . "I am not only thrilled that the Pacific Coast Wine Festival exceeded its financial goal for the Pacific Symphony, but delighted that it was such an interactive social event," said Nancy Kelley.
April 6, 2011
THURSDAY 'God Is Speaking To You' Elise Moore from Nashville, Tenn., will be speaking about prayer from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Costa Mesa Community Center, 1845 Park Ave., Costa Mesa. The event is sponsored by the Christian Science church. For more information, visit http://www.cs-nb.com. Juvenile Diabetes Shopping Fundraiser Items bought at Saks Fifth Avenue in South Coast Plaza will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. There will also be a morning runway fashion show.
October 4, 2013
Step aside, sailing aficionados. The football fans are coming to Newport Beach. Restaurant and hotel managers throughout the city are joining in preparation for the 2014 Bowl Championship Series game Jan. 6. Although the game will be played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the players, bands, media and alumni associations will spend their nights in Newport Beach. With the teams will come a whole host of supporters, creating what city organizers believe will be the largest event cohort that Newport Beach has ever entertained.
February 14, 2012
Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich promised to drive down the price of gasoline and change the culture in Washington during a Southern California fundraising tour that included stops in Newport Beach, Tustin and Pasadena. He emphasized lower gas prices during his Monday night stop at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, according to an interview with the Orange County Register. "I think we focus on very big ideas like $2-a-gallon gasoline, 4% unemployment, allowing young people to have personal Social Security savings accounts, and we rebuild our momentum," he told the newspaper.
March 26, 2013
Re. "Pats on the back for police," March 21: Wow! I am blown away. I just attended the 42nd annual Police Appreciation Breakfast at the Island Hotel in Newport Center hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. What an inspiring morning. The house was packed — more than 500 people honoring the heroic actions, teamwork and dedication of the police officers, staff and volunteers who serve the city of Newport Beach. We live in a great city — beautiful environment, wonderful public facilities, interesting and ample community events, fiscally sustainable, little traffic — the list is endless.