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The Samueli Theater hosts Project Access

A James Bond-themed Keys to Success Gala

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It was a view to a thrill at the James Bond-themed Keys to Success Gala for Project Access in September. The 10th annual fundraiser netted more than $288,000 to help this nonprofit provide low-income seniors and families in California, Colorado and Arizona access to health services, education support and other programs.

The Samueli Theater in Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts was transformed into a James Bond-style “Casino Royale” complete with costumed Bond girls, cocktails, a cigar station, raffles, a silent and live auction, a photo booth and a magician.

But it wasn’t all fun and games – there was official business too: Project Access founder and board chairman Jonathan B. Webb, president of Affordable Housing Access Inc., introduced new Project Access CEO and president Kathy McCarrell while acknowledging the organization’s former leader, Kristin Byrnes.

This year’s Keys to Success Award honoree Danuel Stanger, chief asset officer for Bridge Investment Group Holdings, was introduced to the audience via an entertaining video before receiving the honor from Webb for all his efforts on behalf of the organization. “Start Small, Dream Big” was the gala theme everyone was encouraged to take forward.

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