The son of a spy, born in Panama while his father was on assignment, who goes on to a career managing some of the world’s finest luxury properties – when you hear these details about Rick Riess, “glamorous” might be the word that pops to mind.
But in person, Riess, who took the reins as managing director of Montag
Move over, Tinseltown party planners. Chapman University’s annual American Celebration had it all – star power, polished entertainment and one of the most sophisticated suppers ever tossed in a tent.
Oscar nominee James Caan (“The Godfather”) received the school’s Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award at th
In celebration of National Adoption Month, a crowd of 340 guests attended Olive Crest Orange County’s The Power of One luncheon to hear keynote speaker David Pelzer, best-selling author, inspirational speaker and internationally recognized humanitarian.
“For over four decades, Olive Crest has become the premier facilitator of
Sporting island-style attire, more than 350 supporters of Laura’s House filled Newport Beach’s Island Hotel for the Bahamas Nights gala, sponsored by Laura Khouri and Michael K. Hayde, for the signature fundraiser for the nonprofit dedicated to ending domestic violence.
Guests – including TV personality, philanthropist
Dressed in black tie, 350 supporters of the Irvine Public Schools Foundation filled KIA Motors headquarters for the sixth annual Spirit of Excellence gala, which raised more than $425,000.
Following a red carpet arrival, cocktail reception and silent auction, partygoers followed the sounds of live entertainment to take their seats for th
The county’s top style-makers gathered at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts for Harvesters 23rd annual Fall Fashion Show and Luncheon, raising $675,000 for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.The fashionable flock of more than 400 guests, including event chairs Melissa Knode and Susan Croul, were greeted with a Champagne r
The artist: Ohio-born Lynn Welker says she has always been an artist. “Even though I don’t recall, my best friend tells me our kindergarten teacher used to hold up my drawings as an example for the class,” says Welker, who now lives in Newport Beach. She attended the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Ar
Making his way along the slippery landscape of a local tide pool, Kasey Eunice hops from wet rock to wet rock. The world here, he explains, is as teeming as it is vibrant. Purple sea urchins sway with the roiling currents. Mussels and barnacles create a buffet for seagulls and, depending on the tide, fish. In the sun baked water of the pools the
Call him Blackie from “General Hospital,” Uncle Jesse on “Full House” or “ER” doctor Tony Gates, or even Jimmy Martino from his recent sitcom “Grandfathered,” but whatever you do, call John Stamos a fan of the Beach Boys. When he was still a teen, Stamos – a Cypress native who played drums in
A warm evening in late September at The Montage Laguna Beach was a fitting tableau for the 26th annual Collector’s Choice Juried Art Auction and Fundraiser for the Laguna College of Art and Design. A fashionable flock of more than 330 guests walked among the paintings and sculptures before heading into the grand gallery for cocktails and o
New sculptures debutTen sculptures – the result of a competition that elicited 81 entries – have been added to the 14-acre Newport Beach Civic Center Sculpture Garden on Avocado Avenue and San Miguel Drive in Newport Center. The sculptures, screened by a three-person arts jury and the Newport Beach Arts Commission and ap
Hawaiian big-wave surfer Kala Alexander and former world champion surfer Sunny Garcia have some of the heaviest reputations in the sport. No one messes with these guys. Alexander, who has the words “WOLF PAK” tattooed on his knuckles along with shark-black eyes and a stare to back them up, built a reputation on “regulating&rdqu
Today when people see Ginny Ueberroth, they see the well-heeled chair of the influential Ueberroth Family Foundation and the longtime partner of Peter – onetime baseball commissioner, chairman of the United States Olympic Committee and presidential candidate. But some part of Ueberroth will always be that young wife and mother of four in t
Poolside at the Island Hotel, the launch party for the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival seemed more like a Bravo network’s “Top Chef” reunion. Chefs Louis Maldonado and Brian Huskey waited at the Patron bar for margaritas while Rick Bayless and Rick Moonen engaged in some deep conversation. Earlier, Hubert Keller huddled
Encore, South Coast Repertory’s 52nd season gala, opened Orange County’s theatrical and social season with bold elegance at the Westin South Coast Plaza on September 12.Partygoers walked a royal purple carpet into Town Center Park beneath colorful banners. Guests sipped the evening’s “mainstage martini” while
It was cocktails by sunset and dancing by moonlight at the 13th annual Crystal Cove Alliance Moonlight Gala. More than 400 supporters gathered on the bluff of Crystal Cove on September 26 to raise more than $300,000 for the Crystal Cove Alliance, the organization devoted to the preservation of this local treasure trove of natural and historic re
The sound of cocktail shakers mingled with the strains of Spanish guitars at the Romance of the Mission gala in San Juan Capistrano. Held September 18, days before Junipero Serra’s canonization, a sense of history colored the evening. Pealing bells, an enormous banner heralding St. Serra and theatrical lighting illuminating the Great Stone
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.
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Twila True’s preferred way to reach Pine Ridge, the vast, impoverished Sioux territory in South Dakota, is by small chartered plane, enabling her to avoid the commercial airport in Rapid City 90 miles to the north. The approach takes her directly over beautiful rolling countryside. If she arrives in the evening, True enjoys a sense of spec
Kids of all ages dressed up on Halloween for a morning of costumed surfing at Newport Beach Pier. Superheroes, witches, and a shark strutted their stuff to the delight of parents, surf fans and a bevy of photographers. In spite of the crowded surf line, there were only smiles and laughter as the warm weather and water and consistent easy w
An exclusive group of OC fashionistas and -istos flocked to South Coast Plaza for the unveiling of its newest retail addition, COS. The night before the London-based store opened its doors to the public, guests enjoyed an evening of shopping to support the Orange County Museum of Modern Art, which received twenty-percent of the evening’s p
Dog surfing is a big time deal in Huntington Beach aka Surf City USA. Sunday's seventh annual Dog Surfing competition brought out dogs of all sizes and breeds to try their paws at riding the waves at Dog Beach. Hundreds turned out to cheer their favorites, watch the dogs hold on while they shredded the waves, share the love and enjoy the s
Once in a blue moon, there is a blood moon. Sunday, September 27, 2015 was the rare day when the moon was at its closes point to the earth and the moon is at its largest and brightest (a supermoon) and there was a total lunar eclipse (when the moon is completely in the earth's shadow). This produces a glowing orange moon which was visible all ov
Some 17,000 signed up to run in the annual Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure, held on a foggy, perfect Sunday morning for running, Sept. 28. Thousands more cheered and saluted survivors as the runners made their way around the the 5K course over in Fashion Island. Breast cancer has no age or sex bias and there were men, women, children
The long-awaited opening of Orange County’s first Urth Caffé, an organic coffeehouse from Los Angeles, has finally arrived. The owners spent more than a year restoring the Laguna Beach landmark The Cottage to its original appearance from 80 years ago. The historic Craftsman-style bungalow, one of the oldest buildings in the city, da