RVOC — July 2010
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O.C. Takes NYC!

The crème de la crème of O.C.’s art, business and society worlds joined with NYC’s cultural elite to honor Henry Segerstrom as he was awarded Carnegie Hall’s Medal of Excellence at the Waldorf Astoria hotel. It was only the fourth time the medal for outstanding philanthropic leadership in the arts has ever been awarded. Everywhere we went over the weekend we saw friends of Henry, and all we spoke to were intensely proud that he was getting the national attention he so richly deserves. As we interacted with New Yorkers at the gala and throughout the city, many asked us about Henry, and Why he’s being honored. I tried to put it succinctly: “Imagine if one family built Manhattan’s prime retail and commercial property, plus provided the foundation and funding for much of the art and culture in the city—and they did it in a matter of decades, not centuries.” Terry Lundgren, chairman and CEO of Macy’s, presented the award, amusingly explaining how, as a 28-year-old South Coast Plaza Bullock’s manager, he first met Mr. Segerstrom. Songs by opera star Denyce Graves were a highlight, but it was all topped by Henry’s moving and charmingly off-the-cuff acceptance speech. Bravo, Mr. Segerstrom!

–Kedric Francis

SucculenT Soirée

On the drive to the very exclusive Palette to Palate party for patrons of Laguna Art Museum, I was asked if I’d been to hosts Jennifer and Anton Segerstrom’s home. “No,” I said. “But I know it’s going to be amazing.” Well, let’s just say when you see an Ed Ruscha off the foyer, you’re in for a treat. But that goes for any party put on by Elyse Miller, who orchestrates the annual Palette to Palate dinner to perfection. Studio chef Craig Strong, who provides the “palate” part, attended the party, as did a who’s who of museum trustees, artists and collectors.

–Kedric Francis

Taste this!

Share Our Strength’s fourth annual Taste of the Nation filled Newport Beach’s The Island hotel with some of O.C.’s fave chefs and eager foodies to benefit No Kid Hungry, Share Our Strength’s campaign to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. Tis event has helped raise more than $73 million for anti-hunger organizations nationwide. The evening’s festivities included plenty of fine food, flowing libations and an auction benefiting the Community Orange County Food Bank and Father Serra’s Food Pantry.

–Merissa Ren

A Jewel of a night!

We’ve been around the Pelican Hill block a few times, so of course we have a list of favorite homes, and Jackie and Colt Melby’s mansion is definitely on it! We’re just not sure which view is more stunning: the one of the coast from their balconies, or of lovely Jackie dripping in Black, Starr & Frost jewels. Celebrating 200 years of fine diamonds and jewelry, BS&F held a beautiful anniversary event at the Melbys’ home in Newport Coast. Guests enjoyed bottomless bubbly, delicious bites, and an endless view of the jeweler’s biggest star gems as CEO Alfredo J. Molina was honored.

–Kedric Francis

Cove cachet

When I was a kid, I helped plant groundcover at an Irvine Cove oceanfront home, where my dad was doing the landscaping. So it’s always a treat to return to the exclusive enclave as a guest and not the help—though still working, of course! Orange County Museum of Art’s patron party for the Art of Dining event was held at Jim and Pam Muzzy’s artfilled estate (on Riviera Drive, naturally!), drawing an influential group of museum donors, supporters, and gala committee members who enjoyed excellent wine and apps, as well as the chance to chat with Art of Dining honoree Sidney Felson.

–Kedric Francis

Show uS the Ropes

Local supporters of the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum enjoyed a memorable evening hosted by Doug and Terri Pasquale at their beautiful bayfront home. Sponsored by Riviera, the evening’s festivities helped raise funds and awareness for The Lighthouse Circle’s expansion plans at the museum, with intentions to make it an interactive cultural destination called ExplorOcean. Guests enjoyed a revealing of exclusive design renderings along with delicious wine and gourmet food.

–Jessica Stalker

Top taco!

We’re always fans of events that allow us to indulge, and Share Our Selves’ Wild and Crazy Taco Night tops that decadent list. For the 17th year, the org, which helps feed hungry O.C. residents, brought together 22 of the area’s best chefs, including the always-innovative Alan Greeley of the Golden Truffle, Sol’s Deborah Schneider and the brilliant Bill Bracken from The Island, for a creative cook-off using tortillas as a canvas. Fillings spanned from Peking duck to taro to suckling pig, and even meatballs. Guests washed the feast down with Patrón Margaritas and raised $33,000 for the worthy cause.

–Kathryn Romeyn

Head over heels

A crowd of well-heeled women came out to strut their stuff around Newport Beach at the second annual Stiletto Strut, hosted by Neiman Marcus, Riviera and Fashion Island. The sky-high walkathon benefited Beckstrand Cancer Foundation, which focuses on improving the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. Ladies sauntered through the courtyard fueled by popchips and Fiji water, and grabbed up Twenty tees before enjoying a luscious lunch at Neiman Marcus. While guests kicked back their pretty pumps, models presented the latest spring looks and proved their stilettomastery down the runway.

–Merissa Ren

The kids are alright

A week doesn’t pass without us attending an event that benefits our community’s youth. At the Childhelp luncheon, Children of the Night president Dr. Lois Lee was honored for her efforts rescuing children from street prostitution since 1979. At the 12th annual Marconi Fight Night guests helped raise $500,000 for Augie’s Quest, founded to cure ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), and the Marconi Foundation for Kids, which saves at-risk youth from a destructive lifestyle. And at the OCHSA gala, guests enjoyed a student performance to help raise funds for the school’s art programs.

–Petrina Friede and The Editors