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The Crowd: Season comes alive with MenAlive

The Crowd: Season comes alive with MenAlive

MenAlive, Orange County's 100-member gay men's chorus, welcomed the holiday season with an old-fashioned Christmas musical celebration...

The Crowd: Women inspire, influence at AnQi

The Crowd: Women inspire, influence at AnQi

They called it an afternoon of inspiration. New York-based fashion designer Donna Karan has created a national program,...

The Crowd: A celebration for higher education

The Crowd: A celebration for higher education

Chapman University's American Celebration has become over its 15-year run Orange County's premiere charitable gala focused on higher...

The Crowd: A win for SPIN and its donors

The Crowd: A win for SPIN and its donors

There is an important underlying message intrinsic to the elegant gourmet charity dinner thrown on behalf of the hungry, the homeless, the...

The Crowd: A generous check for Childhelp

The Crowd: A generous check for Childhelp

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The Crowd: A bumper crop for Second Harvest

The Crowd: A bumper crop for Second Harvest

For 22 years, a group called the Harvesters has gathered in the fall to raise funds in support of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange...

The Crowd: SPIN in need of matching funds

Serving People In Need (SPIN), the Costa Mesa-based nonprofit assisting working-poor families in O.C. with housing and basic life...

The Crowd: Make it 51 for South Coast Repertory

The Crowd: Make it 51 for South Coast Repertory

The 2015 social season on the Orange Coast was launched with panache by South Coast Repertory.

The Crowd: Stars help get funds flowing for Ocean charity

The Crowd: Stars help get funds flowing for Ocean charity

Never doubt the value of the celebrity connection when it comes to charitable fundraising. Even in this age of over-exposure, star power...

The Crowd: At smoker, a good man isn't hard to find

The Crowd: At smoker, a good man isn't hard to find

It was "guys' night out" last Friday night on the Newport bayfront. The 20th annual Men's Smoker and Lobster Clambake took over the lawn...

The Crowd: Gala dips into California history

The Crowd: Gala dips into California history

Orange County has become the center of the world of charitable galas.

The Crowd: Graduates join the scholarship 'Club'

The Crowd: Graduates join the scholarship 'Club'

It was arguably the most inspirational evening of the year at the Balboa Bay Club.

The Crowd: 'A World Without Love'? Not with PBS SoCaL

The Crowd: 'A World Without Love'? Not with PBS SoCaL

The programming offered by PBS SoCaL is arguably the finest available on the airwaves. This in spite of the ever-present on-camera...

 The Crowd: Bringing back the refined continental table

The Crowd: Bringing back the refined continental table

In a time when white, starched dining table linens have largely been replaced by plastic place mats, the Les Amis d Escoffier Society of...

The Crowd: Jamie Lee Curtis rocks — at the Island Hotel

The Crowd: Jamie Lee Curtis rocks — at the Island Hotel

The 27th annual Circle 1000 Founders' Brunch Celebration unfolded April 28 at the Island Hotel Newport Beach. The event welcomed actress and...

The Crowd: A farewell march for Philharmonic leader

The Crowd: A farewell march for Philharmonic leader

The Balboa Bay Resort welcomed the Philharmonic Society of Orange County May 2 for its 60th anniversary celebration dinner. The gala evening...

The Crowd: Guilds spin the wheel for spring

The Crowd: Guilds spin the wheel for spring

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts remains the cornerstone of culture in Orange County.

The Crowd: Teens help teens at Westin gala

The Crowd: Teens help teens at Westin gala

They say it is the most challenging time of life, and also the most wondrous. How did any of us survive our teenage years?

The Crowd: Raising a French toast to fashion

The Crowd: Raising a French toast to fashion

He worked on wardrobe design for stars Loretta Young and Marilyn Monroe through his association with the house of Jean Louis. His film and...

The Crowd: The '20s roar again for diabetes research

The Crowd: The '20s roar again for diabetes research

The 2014 Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) Dream Gala was billed as "Let's Misbehave," and they certainly did.

The Crowd: A very, very polite group of teens

The Crowd: A very, very polite group of teens

The casual, hang-loose world in which we live may have opened some doors previously closed to many folks, but along the way, the rush to...

The Crowd: A beautiful coda for philharmonic leader Corey

The Crowd: A beautiful coda for philharmonic leader Corey

It's off to France for Kaly and Dean Corey, president and artistic director of the Philharmonic Society of...

The Crowd: A gala for the love of children

The Crowd: A gala for the love of children

She sauntered up to the microphone, which was attached to a clear Plexiglas podium on the fashion runway. Her slinky, fitted, coral-...

The Crowd: It's never too wet for Jazz Festival

The Crowd: It's never too wet for Jazz Festival

It's hard to imagine, given the spectacular weather of the past week, that for a brief moment California was being soaked by torrential rain...

The Crowd: 1221 adds up to student assistance

The Crowd: 1221 adds up to student assistance

The value of education remains a priority for a majority of Newport-Mesa parents, as well as for citizens at large.

The Crowd: Saluting the real-life Lt. Dans

The Crowd: Saluting the real-life Lt. Dans

The valet lineup at Newport Beach's tony Cannery restaurant was unusually busy for a Tuesday night in February. The armada of black Benzes,...

The Crowd: Bottega Veneta is full of spring

The Crowd: Bottega Veneta is full of spring

The stunning contemporary Bottega Veneta boutique at South Coast Plaza closed to the public last Thursday evening for a cocktail reception...

The Crowd: A golden night of caring for CHOC

The Crowd: A golden night of caring for CHOC

They called the evening "50 Golden Years of Caring."

The Crowd: Medley fans have the time of their lives

The Crowd: Medley fans have the time of their lives

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bill Medley, Grammy-winning member of the Righteous Brothers and O.C. native son,...

The Crowd: It's the Year of the Horse, of course, of course

The Crowd: It's the Year of the Horse, of course, of course

Welcome to the Year of the Horse. The Lunar New Year debuts Friday. Last week in the O.C., the Consul General of the People's Republic of...

The Crowd: Cue the spotlight for SCR namesakes

The Crowd: Cue the spotlight for SCR namesakes

It is a very special week for South Coast Repertory.

The Crowd: Would you guess this man can sing?

The Crowd: Would you guess this man can sing?

Society tends to label people based on their profession. With these labels comes the inevitable value judgment, and what follows is a...

The Crowd: 'Tis the season for Chorale support

The Crowd: 'Tis the season for Chorale support

The glow of the holiday season spills over into the New Year, sending a message of goodwill to citizens of the Newport-Mesa community.

The Crowd: Reaching out to children in need

The Crowd: Reaching out to children in need

On this week heralding 2014, folks are busy making resolutions to lose weight, get a Life Lift, stop smoking and win the lotto. But the most...

The Crowd: Christmas at the Ritz dazzles

The Crowd: Christmas at the Ritz dazzles

It's the end of an era. Beginning in 1987, the Ritz Restaurant Newport Beach has hosted "Christmas at the Ritz" benefiting Chapman...

The Crowd: Candlelight illuminates local charity scene

The Crowd: Candlelight illuminates local charity scene

It was a grand night on the Orange Coast. The 40th anniversary celebration of Candlelight Concert on Dec. 6 exceeded all expectations,...

The Crowd: Looking to spring with Donna Karan

The Crowd: Looking to spring with Donna Karan

Donna Karan and Nordstrom South Coast Plaza invited some 40 fashionistas to an early holiday luncheon in the designer salon...

The Crowd: Celebrating the belles of the ball

The Crowd: Celebrating the belles of the ball

In time-honored tradition, the National Charity League, Inc. presented its 53rd Debutante Ball, introducing 26 young ladies from the Newport...

The Crowd: Lecture delivers more than decorative tips

The Crowd: Lecture delivers more than decorative tips

The Decorative Arts Society welcomed author and designer Adam Lewis, who spoke about "The Great Lady...

The Crowd: Celebrating the champions of Chapman

The Crowd: Celebrating the champions of Chapman

The remarkable transformation of Chapman University from a small-town college of little reputation to a serious university with a growing...

The Crowd: Taking a SPIN for a good cause

The Crowd: Taking a SPIN for a good cause

"2013 marked our 25th anniversary, and this year's gala was, fittingly, the most successful we have ever had," commented Jean...

The Crowd: Stars on crusade against cancer

The Crowd: Stars on crusade against cancer

When it comes to charitable event fundraising in the O.C., one woman rises to the top of the "A" list. Lil Spitzer, the...

The Crowd: Raising funds like the Dickens

The Crowd: Raising funds like the Dickens

The generous Mart and Margie Hubbard once again invited dedicated donors supporting the Pacific Chorale to...

The Crowd: DARTS hits its fundraising target

The Crowd: DARTS hits its fundraising target

The Decorative Arts Society (DARTS) launched its 2013/14 charitable lecture series in grand style this past week.

The Crowd: A Toi story at South Coast Plaza

The Crowd: A Toi story at South Coast Plaza

There are fashion shows and then there are fashion experiences that emphasize the creative aspect of an industry unknown to most people.

The Crowd: The stark truth about human trafficking

The Crowd: The stark truth about human trafficking

In July, a Saudi Arabian national, Princess Meshael Alayban, 42, was arrested by authorities in Orange County after one of her maids...

The Crowd: On a mission to help the Mission

The Crowd: On a mission to help the Mission

It is an annual tradition that is part of the cultural and religious history of California. More importantly, it is an event that attracts a...

The Crowd: SCR takes center stage at gala

The Crowd: SCR takes center stage at gala

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...

The Crowd: Giving WINGS to graduate women

The Crowd: Giving WINGS to graduate women

They soared on the wings of eagles. A group of Newport-Mesa women, led by Stephanie Bernardy and

The Crowd: A dose of Sugar Ray for charity

The Crowd: A dose of Sugar Ray for charity

The invitations will be in the mail next week for what promises to be one of the most fun and worthwhile social events on the fall social...

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