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The Perfect Fit

The CHOC Glass Slipper Guild’s 28th annual “A Magical Evening Under the Big Top” took place on May 21 at The Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach. More than 300 guests attended the celebratory affair, which honored The Fetal Care Center of Southern California, a partnership between CHOC and University of California, Irvine, and its patients, doctors and supporters in the community. The event netted $500,000 and its top-level sponsors included Lugano Diamonds, Alaska Airlines, the Fetal Care Center of Southern California, UC Irvine Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine and the Vyas Family Foundation.

Guests walked the red carpet to enter an outdoor circus soiree for the evening’s cocktail reception. Attendees enjoyed circus performers and panoramic ocean views while perusing silent auction items.

After the cocktail reception, guests made their way into a decorated outdoor lawn that reflected the Big Top theme, where they enjoyed dinner, the event program and a live auction and raffle. Dr. Peter Yu, a CHOC pediatric surgeon and co-medical director of the Fetal Care Center, came to the stage to thank CHOC donors and to share the innovative and life-saving care CHOC and UC Irvine are currently providing and where they are headed in the future.

“We are grateful for the generous support of the Glass Slipper Guild, bringing hope to families and children with serious birth defects,” Yu said.


Rousing Rivalry


Kure It Cancer Research’s fifth annual Rivals Cup Golf Tournament took place on June 10 at Pelican Hill Golf Club, raising an estimated $300,000 to support the organization’s mission, “Together We Can Eradicate Cancer.”

The addition of a “Celebrity Fourth or Fifth” option proved inviting for golfers and prompted a sold-out contingent of 149 golfers. Celebrities included several past NFL and NBA players.

Sponsors included The Nahin Group, US Storage Centers/Westport Properties, Sperry Equities, Main Electrical Supply, BYLT Basics, Briggs Electric, NPV Advisors, Lexus Nexis, Kings Seafood, UBS Financial Services and NEFT Vodka.

Burton Young, president, Sperry Equities and course sponsor, co-chaired the event with Todd Perry, CFO, Briggs Electric and board chair, Kure It Cancer Research, and Andy Chaffee, strategic accounts, LexusNexis.

Participating board members included Drew Hoeven, chairman and CIO, Westport Properties; Charles Byerly, president and CEO, Westport Properties; Paul McDonald, senior vice president, Fidelity National Title; and Marianne Nahin, realtor, the Nahin Group. Elite OC Productions planned and executed the tournament. The event recognized Lugano Diamonds, title sponsor and Aston Martin Newport Beach, the car sponsor.

Kure It has recently funded $100,000 research projects at both the UCLA Jonsson and USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Centers.


Family Affair


Family Assistance Ministries (FAM) celebrated its annual gala on May 20, its first live gala in two years, at the historic Casino San Clemente. The event welcomed more than 250 guests and raised a record-setting $315,000.

Sponsors of the event included Filger Manufacturing, Frome Family Foundation, Optivest Foundation, Sonance, William Maxwell & Company CPAs, ConAm Building Co. and Zumasys Inc.

Guests enjoyed a program that included a silent and live auction, full-course dinner and a lively fund-a-need. Monahan Construction was recognized during the event for its support of the recently reopened FAM Resale Boutique and The Shoreline Church was lauded for its ongoing partnership with FAM to support the needs of the underserved in the community. In addition, FAM received the Nonprofit of the Year award from the office of Patricia Bates, senator, California’s 36th Senate District.


Summer Fest, Summer Feast


After a two-year hiatus, the Hoag Summer Fest returned on June 22 at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina in Newport Beach. More than 1,500 guests attended this year’s beach-themed event hosted by Hoag Hospital Foundation.

In addition to live entertainment, 35 top local restaurants showcased their culinary concepts in small bites.

More than $341,000 was raised to benefit the Hoag Employee Education Scholarship Program, which supports Hoag staff in achieving their career aspirations through the pursuit of advanced education.

The 2022 Hoag Summer Fest restaurant partners that donated their time, talent, food and beverages included Argaux, A & O – Balboa Bay Beach Resort & Club, Bluewater Grill & Oyster Bar, Bosscat Kitchen & Libations, Chaak Kitchen, Cannery Seafood of the Pacific, Descanso, El Cholo, FishBonz Seafood Grill, Foley Family Wines, Hi-Time Wine Cellars, Huntington Beach Fire Department, Kona Ice, Lido Bottle Works, Louie’s by the Bay, MDADC Mobile Kitchen, Milk and Cookies, Miss Mini Donuts, Morning Lavendar Café, Mountain Mike’s Pizza, Newport Rib Company, O SEA, Oliver’s Osteria, Otaca Tequila, Picnic Grazing Co., Porch and Swing, Starfish, Straub Beer Stations, Sweetfin, Ten Sushi & Cocktail Bar, The Bungalow Restaurant, TK Burgers, W Café & Restaurant, Zeytoon, Zotovich Vineyards and Winery.


Bits & Pieces


On June 23, the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) hosted Stand & Salute, a collaborative online Giving Day that raised more than $260,000 to support five local nonprofits serving veterans and their families in Orange County, including 2-1-1 Orange County; Goodwill of Orange County; Strong Families, Strong Children, a program of Child Guidance Center; Support The Enlisted Project (STEP) and Working Wardrobes. … Families Forward recently unveiled its new logo and branding that reflects the breadth and scope of the organization and helps strategically advance its goals. … Alzheimer’s Orange County, founded in 1982, commemorates its 40th year of providing support services to thousands of residents of Orange County who are affected by memory loss disorders, as well as to frail older adults living in our community.

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