It was an extraordinary evening in Newport Beach when Elephant Cooperation, a nonprofit dedicated to saving African elephants and helping children hosted a sold-out soiree at the Resort at Pelican Hill. More than 300 guests attended the fete, which featured cocktails and dinner, a live auction, a live canvas painting by Matt Shapira and a few surprises, including the adoption of baby elephants, an unexpected $250,000 donation, and a performance by Machine Gun Kelly. George Argyros, Jr. served as the evening’s emcee, and Raabia Hawa, a former model turned ranger who has dedicated her life to saving elephants, was honored as the 2017 Conservationist of the Year. The evening’s event, which raised more than $900,000 for the elephants and children of Africa, was an incomparably memorable ode to both.
Hosted at the recently renovated Center Club of Orange County in Costa Mesa, the 11th annual Charity Classic “Hops & Vines” fundraiser proved more than memorable. More than 350 guests enjoyed premium wines, craft brews and scotch, along with an array of appetizers and live music at the event, which raised approximately $40,000 for local causes serving the OC community, including the evening’s featured charity, Working Wardrobes. “Hops & Vines” also benefitted the ALS Therapy Development Institute, and the Employee Partner Care Foundation. Besides several new sponsors, this year’s event featured Ric Franzi as emcee and former L.A. Rams quarterback-turned-winemaker Vince Ferragamo, who brought his acclaimed Tuscan wine Caressa J. Overall, the 11th annual fundraiser was all about making new friends and connecting to worthy causes—a winning combination, indeed!
Photos courtesy of Center Club of Orange County/Tony Lattimore and Eveline Shih-Pitcairn
It was the privilege of bask Magazine to recently host a one-of-a-kind shopping experience and unique property tour of 18 Coral Ridge, a magnificent estate in Crystal Cove built by luxury home builder J. Sylvester Construction and listed by Annie Lozada of The Sterling Company, co-listed by JoJo Romeo of Surterre Properties. More than 200 attendees enjoyed lite bites by David Wilhelm, chef and owner of Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, and sipped on delicious libations prepared by Blue Marble Cocktails. With the exquisite property in Crystal Cove’s coveted enclave on view, along with shopping and savory cuisine, the lavish event dazzled guests, and funneled 10 percent of all proceeds raised during the evening to a beneficiary whose work is truly priceless—Miracles for Kids.
Photographs courtesy of Tony Florez
It was an ultra-elegant evening as Pacific Symphony’s “2017-18 Classical Opening Night Celebration & Concert” launched its highly anticipated 39th season. More than 320 guests attended the black-tie event held at the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel, which honored Symphony musicians, and members of the Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation, and raised $200,000 for the Symphony’s award-winning artistic and education programs. The posh fete featured champagne, gourmet delicacies and an exquisite opening performance by the orchestra, led by Music Director Carl St. Clair and spotlighting Beethoven’s epic “Fifth Symphony,” Strauss’s romantic “Don Juan,” and selections from Wagner’s thrilling “Die Walküre.” It was an opulent and festive affair that hit all the right notes!
Photos courtesy of Andre Niesing Photography