Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Parties Parties Parties—Revving Up for Gala Season

The Committee: (l. to r.) Jan Seitz Jashinski, Sue Murphy, Sarah McElroy, Patricia Ellis, Sue Hecht, Laurie Smits Staude, Elaine Krajanowski, Socorro Vasquez, Barbara Cline, Mimi Holcombe, Shannon Kennedy, Monica Guillena, Beth Phelps
On Wednesday, July 29, SCR’s always exuberant Gala Committee members got together as a group for the final meeting (and a quick photo) before the official Gala season begins.

And what a season it will be, starting on August 12 with a Patron Party to honor major donors at the beautiful bayside home of Emeritus Trustee Tod White and his wife, Linda.  Exactly one month later (September 12), Orange County’s most fun-loving movers and shakers will congregate around, in and atop The Westin South Coast Plaza for the big event itself, “Encore!,” SCR’s 37th annual Gala.  And that’s not all.  The official “wrap” luncheon—a fun party itself—will be hosted by David Yurman’s South Coast Plaza jewelry store (October 29).  And—specially for Gala committee members in the mood for a shopping spree—Yvonne and Damien Jordan will host an in-store event at David Yurman’s on November 12 to benefit the Gala.

All of this celebratory news was shared with the Committee at its final meeting, which featured lots to ooh and aah about, including Tom Buderwitz’s designs for cocktails in the park, dining and entertainment in the plaza ballroom, and lounging and dancing in the pavilion and under the stars.

For 36 years SCR’s Gala has opened the social and theatrical seasons in Orange County, and the 37th shows signs of eliciting the most applause of all—that’s why it’s called “Encore!” 

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