2016 People Archive Stories

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  • Activist Chloe Allred uses art to help others overcome shame By: Sam Dunn | Body painting by Charlotte Dean, Photography by Jim Meyers
    Look closely at the recent Academy Awards telecast of Lady Gaga’s riveting performance of her Oscar-nominated song, “Til It Happens to You,” and you’ll notice a young woman with intense hazel eyes standing right behind her. Chloe Allred, an MFA student at Laguna College of Art and Design, was one of the 50 survivors of se
    Fri Apr 29, 2016
  • Rita Goldberg’s Cultured Approach to Newport Beach By: Jodie Tillman | photography by ana venegas
    Growing up in New York, Rita Goldberg received an informal arts education – ballet productions, films, the Met on weekends. She spent summers in Europe, wandering the world’s great museums. Such a rich curriculum only left her hungry for more. So when her husband’s job brought them to Newport Beach nearly 30 years ago, she went
    Fri Apr 29, 2016
  • Table for Ten By: nancy Luna | photography by bob hodson and tony lattimore
    Towering floral centerpieces. Foie gras. Filet mignon. Farm-tinis. Held at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa in Dana Point, the annual Table for 10 culinary extravaganza netted $300,000 for two charities: Vocational Visions and The Teen Project. Lauri Burns, founder of The Teen Project, said funds help support her effort to giv
    Fri Apr 29, 2016
  • CHOC Cherishes Children Gala By: Coast Staff | photography courtesy of choc
    The CHOC Cherishes Children Gala moved to the City National Grove of Anaheim, known more for hosting concerts than galas. And a concert is just what the donors and supporters of CHOC experienced as Grammy Award-winning performer Keith Urban presented what seemedto be his full concert set list, much to the delight of the crowd. Amon
    Fri Apr 01, 2016
  • From Huntington Beach to Alvin Ailey By: Sam Dunn | Photography by Andrew Eccles
    All those years being driven by her grandmother back and forth on the 405 from her Huntington Beach home to dance practice in Santa Monica were worth it for Danica Paulos. She’ll be among the principal dancers when Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to Costa Mesa for six performances this month, plus a free Arts Plaza performance, &l
    Fri Apr 01, 2016
  • My OC: Lawrence Higby, political partisan and arts patron By: Sam Dunn | Photography by Riley Kern
    In this contentious election season, who better to talk to than a political animal like Lawrence Higby? The Newport Beach resident is a native Southern Californian who, after receiving a political science degree from UCLA, jumped straight into politics by joining the presidential campaign of Richard Nixon. Then, during the Nixon administration,
    Fri Apr 01, 2016
  • My OC: Nicole Mather's Business Makes Good Scents By: Sam Dunn | Photography by Ed Crisostomo
    You might say Nicole Mather’s life of haute parfumerie happened by divine inspiration. After she married a Pimco executive, Mather left a high-powered career in financial services and research sales. While working at such firms as Goldman Sachs, she had found the most exciting part of her work to be interviewing entrepreneurs about how the
    Fri Feb 26, 2016
  • National Charity League's Debutante Ball By: Coast Staff | photography by bird studios
    The saying “pretty is as pretty does” was never more true than describing the dozen young women honored at the Laguna Chapter of National Charity League’s 27th annual Debutante Ball at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Having logged more than 3,600 hours volunteering in South County communities and serving in NCL since t
    Fri Feb 26, 2016
  • Bravo to Bravery: Reality TV stars challenge the stigma of gynecomastia By: Noelle Medina
    Reality TV costars of Bravo’s “Newlyweds: The First Year,” Brandon Liberati and Craig Ramsay appeared at the Center Club in Costa Mesa recently for a cozy evening of cocktails and conversation about gynecomastia, abnormal swelling of breast tissue in men caused from an imbalance of hormones that affects about 65 percent of men.
    Thu Feb 25, 2016
  • It's Definitely his Nature BY DAVID FERRELL | photography Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films
    Greg MacGillivray was the type of youngster who took on projects. He built a go-kart. He set up a home darkroom. When he was 13, his parents gave him a Kodak 8 mm camera, and he began shooting short films and showing them to his friends in Corona del Mar. “I loved doing that,” MacGillivray, 70, remembers. “I loved the c
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • A Salute to Everyday Heroes By: Theresa Walker | Photography by matt masin
    What’s it like to be saluted as a hero in a roomful of other heroes? “Amazing,” said Cameron Granger, 14, who, along with his sister, rescued three teenagers from a riptide at Huntington State Beach. Their swift action earned them the 2015 Youth Hero of the Year Award at the Orange County Register’s third
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • Ante up for Autism By: Nicole Polizois | photography by taca
    Imagine living in a world where no parent has to hear the words, “Your child has autism.” This was the mission of Talk About Curing Autism’s ninth annual Ante Up for Autism gala held November 7 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach. The event raised over $500,000 for the efforts of the Irvine-based national nonprofit to educate, empow
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • Tea Time with Orangewood By: Coast Staff | photography by ann chatillon
    More than 200 Orange County ladies (and a few gentlemen) gathered in December for tea at The Balboa Bay Resort, which netted more than $95,000 to support the Samueli Academy – a public charter high school in Santa Ana funded by Orangewood Foundation. Chair of the holiday-themed tea, Lupe Erwin, brought her mother with her to
    Fri Jan 29, 2016