2016 People Archive Stories

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  • 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
  • Performing Goodwill By: Noelle Medina | photography by Lisa Renee
    For the second annual Goodwill of Orange County Gala, think Aruba. The Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort presented a perfect seaside backdrop for the island-themed affair on November 7. John Stamos and his longtime pals the Beach Boys returned to perform for a generous crowd.More than 550 guests dined, clinked cocktails and shared bidding stra
    Thu Dec 24, 2015
  • Ritz Holiday Blitz By: Coast Staff | Photography by Tony Lattimore, Peggy O’Donnell
    Always anticipated in the community as a cornerstone of the O.C. charity event season, the 29th annual Women of Chapman holiday luncheon, Christmas at the Ritz, also marked the last that outgoing President Jim Doti will attend in the position he’s held since 1991. The mood among the 280 guests at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach &
    Tue Dec 22, 2015
  • Fall Into Giving By: Noelle Medina
    To the Association of Fundraising Professionals, giving is always in season. More than 850 family, friends, and philanthropists gathered on November 19 at the 30th annual National Philanthropy Day (NPD) Orange County Awards Luncheon. Guests enjoyed a program emceed by PBS So Cal’s Maria Hall Brown and Rick Reiff, honoring some o
    Mon Dec 21, 2015
  • Fashionista Rachel Zoe lends her advice on living the look By: Sam Dunn | Photography by Zuma Press
    Fashion is everything. Those who know Rachel Zoe – and really, who doesn’t? – know this is more than a catchphrase. It’s the motto this stylist-to-the-stars lives by and the belief she evangelizes through an empire that includes a clothing line, the Bravo reality series “The Rachel Zoe Project” as well as &ldq
    Tue Dec 01, 2015
  • My OC: Rick Riess of the Montage By: Sam Dunn | Photography by Leonard Ortiz
    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
    Mon Nov 30, 2015
  • Artistic Vision: Lynn Welker By: Samantha Dunn
    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
    Mon Nov 30, 2015
  • My OC: Ginny Ueberroth Says to Health with You By: Samantha Dunn | Photography by Cindy Yamanaka, Ann Venegas and Roland Lance Lane
    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
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • Twila True's Heart is in Two Worlds By: David Ferrell | Photography by Cindy Yamanaka and True Sioux Hope Foundation
    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
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • Milena Kitic Sings the Praises of Newport Beach By: Samantha Dunn
    Belgrade-born Milena Kitic might be the world’s most down-to-earth diva. A world-class mezzo-soprano best known for playing Carmen in major opera productions throughout Europe and American, Kitic is also the kind of person who, if she schedules a morning meeting, invites you to come to her home and whips up a berry smoothie to go with past
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • Narong Prangcharoen, Pacific Symphony's artist-in-residence By: Timothy Mangan | Photography by Ed Crisostomo
    The classical symphonic canon includes a number of pieces inspired by geographical areas. Mendelssohn’s “The Hebrides” Overture comes immediately to mind, as does Respighi’s “The Pines of Rome” and Richard Strauss’ “An Alpine Symphony.” As far as we know, though, no one has ever tried to comp
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • Cathy Rigby brings out the star in every young performer By: Samantha Dunn | Photography by Kevin Sullivan
    A chorus of ragamuffins belts out “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” during a sweaty rehearsal for a production of “Annie” at the McCoy Rigby Conservatory of the Arts in Yorba Linda. Eyeing every move for a misstep or a limb out of line is conservatory director and co-founder Cathy Rigby, who bounces 3-yea
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • Festival of Children Foundation By: Coast Staff
    September was national Child Awareness Month, and the Festival of Children Foundation aimed to honor it in style with its opening night party under the stars at South Coast Plaza’s Garden Terrace. The 450 guests, including political dignitaries, business and community leaders, and representatives from over 75 children’s charities, en
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • SCR's Patron Pals By: Nicole Polizois | Photography by Deborah Robinson
    A picturesque summer evening set the scene for a celebration of South Coast Repertory’s gala patrons, hosted by SCR Emeritus Trustee Tod White and his wife, Linda at their bayside home. “Since Tod joined the board, we’ve enjoyed every minute of SCR, and especially love the gala festivities,” Linda said. The patron
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • The 10th Anniversary of Caterina's Club By: Samantha Dunn | Photography by Steven Georges
    More than $225,000 was raised at a gala celebrating the 10th anniversary of Caterina’s Club, the nonprofit founded by chef/restaurateur Bruno Serato in honor of his mother. Since its inception, the program has served up more than 1 million pasta dinners for hungry “motel” children, so named because their working-class par
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • Photos: Field of Honor 2015 By: Lawrence Sherwin
    During this week's Field of Honor 2015, 1776 Flags waved to honor past and current members of the military as part of Armed Forces Day. Field of Honor has been presented at Castaways Park in Newport Beach by the Exchange Club of Newport Harbor for six years. The Marine Corps Color Guard from Camp Pendleton presented the colors. The National Anth
    Fri May 22, 2015
  • Super Natural By: David Ferrell
    By digging her hands into the soil, by lovingly caring for her carrots, squash and herbs, Kathryn Agresto helped to grow not just a garden, but a movement. She is one of Orange County’s trailblazers in farm-to-table cuisine, a trend founded on the ideal of eating natural, homegrown produce.Inspired by the gardens her parents once pla
    Sun May 03, 2015
  • Playing his Cards Right By: David Ferrell
    Among Adam Pliska’s many distinctions are these odd facts: He happens to look a good deal like President Barack Obama, a resemblance that draws comments in poker rooms from Las Vegas to Paris and even as far afield as China&rsqu
    Sun May 03, 2015
  • Wing Man! By: David Ferrell
    The name alone makes Wing Lam memorable. Wing. It conjures all sorts of soaring images, not to mention bird jokes. Then there’s the look: the black goatee of a Ming Dynasty emperor, dangling like a five-inch comma beneath his ch
    Sun May 03, 2015
  • Love, Italian-Style By: Kedric Francis
    Romance along the coast comes in many forms, including Venetian gondolas cruising Newport Harbor. Whether it’s a first date, an anniversary or a proposal, prepare to be serenaded in Grand Canal-style by a gondolier as you take the slow and scenic route touring the beautiful bay. Valentine’s Day is prime time for these stand-up entrep
    Thu Feb 05, 2015