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MaxLove Project’s 3rd annual “Farm to Fork Dinner”

Saturday, Sep 23

MaxLove Project—an Orange County nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of child cancer survivors and their families—will celebrate their third annual “Farm To Fork Dinner” on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m at Tanaka Farms in Irvine.

The Farm to Fork Dinner is a farm-to-table dining experience, serving MaxLove families and community members. The evening features Happy Hour with handcrafted cocktails, a 4-course family-style dinner showcasing seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients prepared by Chef Azmin Ghahreman of Sapphire Laguna, and an after-dinner lounge with dessert and live music.  

Farm to Fork features the culinary talents of Ghahreman, who has been committed to childhood nutrition throughout his career, launching “Sapphire at School” in 2008, a lunch program that prepares fresh, wholesome meals for over 4,000 O.C. students daily.

“What Maxlove Project is doing is a groundbreaking effort to teach patients and their families how choose better diet and nutrition by educating all involved,” Ghahreman said. “As a culinarian it is my job to facilitate this need. After all ‘food is medicine.’”

Though tickets, $100, are still available to the “App-Off” portion of the event (where several Orange County “MaxLove Project Gold Apron Society” chefs will share their farm fresh starters), tickets to the dinner have SOLD OUT more than a month ahead of the event for the first time in its short but powerful run.

Last year, Farm to Fork Diners raised $206,000 to combat childhood cancer and aid survivors. MaxLove Project’s inaugural Farm to Fork Dinner in 2015 raised $35,000 to benefit children’s cancer survivorship research and support programs; the event is the organization’s largest annual fundraiser.

Sponsors and MaxLove supporters include: Lily’s Sweets Sugar-Free Chocolate (presenting sponsor); Tanaka Farms; Sapphire Culinary Group; Zov’s Restaurants; Haven Gastropub; Electric City Butcher; Eilo; Putnam Accessory Group; Straub Distribution; The Hunt Collection; Newport Meat Company; The Recon Group; Human Longevity, Inc.; ZSweet; ONEHOPE Wine; Bonterra Vineyards; Tito’s Handmade Vodka; Dr. John’s Sugar-Free Candy; and Lagunitas Brewing Company.

Donations can still be made to MaxLove Project in support of this event. Additional information can be found at

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Saturday, Sep 23

Cruisin’ For A Cure, the largest one-day charity car show in the nation, is returning to the OC Fair & Event Center on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. in conjunction with Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. More than 3,500 cars will cruise through the fairgrounds for 1.5 miles and/or park and be on display.  There’s no restriction on what make, model or year an entry car can be – classics, muscle, trucks, exotics, customs, vintage, movie cars, and even new cars. This isn’t your typical car show—there’s live entertainment, top-of-the-line industry sponsors, over 200 vendors and exhibitors, and free prostate cancer screenings.

“We figure having the guys here with their toys is the best way to get them tested, and the timing is perfect. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month!” says event organizer Debbie Baker.        

At last year’s show, 815 men were tested and 153 of them were advised to seek additional medical attention. 

“For most guys, the doctor’s office is not somewhere we’re particularly enthused about spending time, so integrating non-invasive, preventative medicine into an event that caters to the demographic of men who’re the most at-risk for this disease is nothing short of brilliant,” posted Bradley Iger, a freelance automotive journalist who covered Cruisin’ For A Cure for in 2016.

Men in attendance can take advantage of FREE prostate cancer screenings performed by the doctors and staff from the KSK Cancer Center of Irvine, CA.  “The organizers of Cruisin’ For A Cure didn’t put this event together just to see an assemblage of interesting vehicles.   They want to save lives,” said Dr. Kenneth Tokita, a Radiation Oncologist with KSK Cancer Center of Irvine.        

Automotive industry movers and shakers Troy Ladd of America’s Most Beautiful Roadster, Chris Jacobs of Overhaulin’, Chip Foose of Foose Design, Larry Wood, Hot Wheels Designer, Carson Lev of Redphin Productions, and Barry Meguiar of Meguiar’s Inc. will meet fans along with Dave McClelland, ‘The Voice of the NHRA’ in The Hangar building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tickets are $15 per person. $13 with AAA card.  Children under 12 are free.

OC Fair & Event Center is at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa.

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2017 SPIN Gala

Saturday, Sep 23

Join SPIN's Gourmet Wine Pairing Dinner at Big Canyon Country Club on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 6 to 10 p.m. It will feature both a silent and live auction, as well as other entertainment.

When you register to attend, you will also have the chance to participate in an opportunity drawing to win a pair of Lugano Diamond and Ruby earrings valued at $10,000! Tickets for the drawing are $100 and the winner will be announced at the gala. 

Funds raised from the winner dinner and gala will help support SPIN’s mission to help the homeless and working poor through quality programs and services centered on building self-sufficiency. They focus on offering a hand up, not a hand out, to help individuals get back on their feet. They strive to help end homelessness in Orange County.

For tickets, visit here or contact SPIN at 714.751.1101, ex. 19.

1 Big Canyon Dr, Newport Beach

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Be More Than Pink

Sunday, Sep 24

The 26th annual Susan G. Komen Orange County’s Race for the Cure, will take place on Sunday, Sept. 24, at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. Komen Orange County is excited to announce a partnership with the Los Angeles Chargers, who will raise awareness and funds through the creation of team Chargers for the Cure.  Travis Benjamin, wide receiver and return specialist has been named Honorary Race Chair.  Benjamin has been personally impacted by breast cancer: his mother, grandmother and aunt have all fought the battle against this disease.

Themed “Be More Than Pink,” this year’s race encourages participants to do more: to fundraise and to get more involved!  The nonprofit’s goal is to raise $2 million at Race for the Cure to fund Komen’s Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50 percent by 2026.  Funds raised will support expanding access to cancer care for the underserved population and research focusing on aggressive breast cancer types and metastatic disease.

Komen Orange County’s first male chair, Doug McKay, community grant and giving chair for Macy’s Orange County, will serve as the Race Chair for the fourth consecutive year.  Having lost his wife to cancer at age 27, he carries a deep understanding and passion for the mission of this event.  McKay is guiding the race leadership committee in the strategic planning to make the event a success.

“On any given day in Orange County, at least five women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and one will die from the disease.  For many of them, it does not have to be so. Early detections and treatments can save their lives,” says McKay.  “It’s one thing to be aware of breast cancer, it’s another to do something about it.  We’re very thankful for the thousands of people who participate in the race, who make pink so much more than a color by cheering for our cause, donating and raising funds!”

The Komen Orange County Race for the Cure is open to participants of all ages and skill levels, who are welcome to run, walk or stroll the course.  For early birds, the first 5K begins at 7:15 a.m. with a “PLUS Timing Chip” option for those who plan to run the course.  The Kids One-Mile Fun Run & Walk presented by Knott’s Berry Farm begins at 8 a.m., and a second 5K will begin at 9:45 a.m. for those who prefer a more relaxed pace.  At 8:45 a.m., thousands of survivors will fill the steps of the Pacific Life Insurance Building after the Breast Cancer Survivor Parade, followed by the Survivor Tribute – a memorable and moving ceremony highlighted by the national anthem and the release of white doves to recognize survivors and pay tribute to those who lost their battle to the disease.

General registration for adults is $35; breast cancer survivors, $30; youth under 18, $15; and day-of registration, $40 for all participants.

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Casa Teresa Masquerade Gala

Friday, Oct 6

Casa Teresa is hosting their annual Gala fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 6 at The Island Hotel. Funds raised at the Masquerade Gala will go to support the program which provide pregnant women in crisis a loving home to begin their healing journey. Come support these amazing ladies at this fun event.

Tickets cost $250 per person. For more information, visit here

Natalie at (714) 538-4860 x28 or via email

Island Hotel Newport Beach is at 690 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach.

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Knock Out Diabetes at UCI Diabetes Center Fight for A Cure

Thursday, Oct 19

The Fight for a Cure is on at the 11th annual Celebrate the UCI Diabetes Center and Fundraiser and Networking Cocktail Party on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Newport Beach Country Club in Newport Beach.

The evening includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, research update, opportunity drawing and wheel and silent auction.

RSVP by October 7 to or purchase tickets here.

Newport Beach Country Club is at 1 Clubhouse Drive in Newport Beach.

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