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57th annual Adoption Guild Patroness Spring Luncheon

Friday, Mar 2

Anyone looking to “adopt” a worthy cause can do no better than join the rest of Orange County society at the 57th annual Adoption Guild Patroness Spring Luncheon, “Celebrating Family.”  It will be held on March 2 at the Newport Beach Country Club, where 250 guests will dine together in the ballroom while watching a fashion show sponsored by Grayse, the new design house from mother/daughter duo Marie Gray and Kelly Gray.

These two Orange County icons (formerly of St. John Knits) will dress the models in the spring collection from Grayse, which puts a modern spin on luxurious separates. Of course, the fun begins much earlier, as guests enjoy a welcoming champagne reception inside and outside on the terrace overlooking the golf course, where they can check out the must-have wares of local vendors who offer jewelry, handbags, clothing, linens, and fashion accessories.

The event, which runs from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m, is always a big draw and tickets sell out early, due to the prizes offered by generous donors.

Tickets are tax-deductible: Holy Family Services (now HFS) is a state-licensed, non-denominational nonprofit 501(c)3 agency providing quality adoption services to residents of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties.

For tickets and more information, visit the website at, or contact Maria Zucht:

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

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Ocean Institute Jazz Festival March 2-3

Friday, Mar 2

Don’t miss out on the Ocean Institute Jazz Festival coming up Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3. The two-day event combines world-class jazz music featuring Jeffrey Osborne, Paul Brown, Michael Paulo and friends with a 5-star dinner on Saturday.

The Jazz Festival is the Ocean Institute’s biggest fundraiser of the year and proceeds directly support its Adopt-A-Class program. It gives underserved students the life-changing opportunity of being immersed in hands-on STEM education at the Ocean Institute. Enjoy gourmet food, top jazz musicians and a beautiful sunset over Dana Point Harbor while knowing you are contributing to critical education for under-served children.

On Friday, March 2,  ‘Taste of Orange County’ features the best local restaurants offering delicious bites from their Executive A VIP Reception with Artist Meet and Greet starts at 5:30 p.m., general admission opens at 6 p.m. with a reception hour showcasing local restaurants; a live auction and world-class jazz performance follows.

Tickets cost $75 to $250. VIP ticket includes premier seating and exclusive VIP Reception.

On Saturday, March 3, enjoy an intimate and unique 5-course gourmet experience from local world-class resorts while listening and dancing to smooth jazz! This gala evening is exceptional with limited seating for a lucky few. Don’t miss out on an opportunity for fine dining and fantastic jazz in this incredible setting. A reception with cocktails and passed canapés lasts from 5:30 to 7 p.m.,  a world-class jazz performance, and the live auction runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Gala tickets cost $500.

Tickets and more information, available at

Ocean Institute is at 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive in Dana Point.

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Childhelp’s 32nd Annual “For the Love of a Child” Fashion Show and Luncheon

Thursday, Mar 15

The Orange County Chapter of Childhelp invites you to the 32nd Annual “For the Love of a Child” Fashion Show and Luncheon on Thursday, March 15 at 11 a.m at Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach. It’s a magical day benefiting the children of Childhelp with a runway fashion show inspiring daring creations and dazzling sparkles, sponsored by our friends at South Coast Plaza.

This year’s event, hosted by Honorary Chair, Patti Edwards, and co-chairs, Linda Burns and Tami Smith will feature opportunity raffles, a grand prize raffle, and a fabulous luncheon The recipients of this year’s awards: “Childrens Friend Award,” Tilly Levine; and “Our Inspirational Award,” Beverly Cohen.

Benefitting Childhelp’s California programs and services, Childhelp Orange County has been strengthening families and bringing together a community to support victims of child abuse since 1970. Their members speak out and stand up against abuse… for the love of a child.

Tickets start at $150 and can be purchased here.

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

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10th Annual Dancing for Tomorrow’s Stars Gala

Saturday, Mar 17

The 10th Annual Dancing for Tomorrow’s Stars Gala will be celebrated on Saturday, March 17 at the City National Grove of Anaheim. It begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. and features dinner along with a dancing competition, which pairs community leaders with professional ballroom dancers in a format similar to the popular ABC television production “Dancing with the Stars,” followed by open dancing. The event raises fund for the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa.

The 2018 dancers include Brianna Baker; Jonathon Curci at First Team Real Estate, Christie's International; Kelly Emmes; Thad Foret at The Winery Restaurant;
 John Long; Anne Manassero at Manassero Farm’s.

You can vote for your favorite dancer, too at

Celebrating over 75 years of philanthropic services to the children in the community, the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa is a self-funded, member volunteer, non-profit organization.  Proceeds from all fundraising efforts are distributed through community philanthropic programs and are staffed by member volunteers.

 Ticket price is $250 per person and includes dinner. Purchase tickets online at, or 949.645.6929.

The City National Grove of Anaheim is at 2200 East Katella Avenue in Anaheim.

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