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Crowd: "Havana Nights" fundraiser held to support breast cancer patients

They call their group “THE BCF,” and it’s all capitalization intended. Breast Cancer Fundraising, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping newly diagnosed patients, held its 14th eventThe tenth Annual event September 16 at Lido House, Newport Beach.

Producers called the evening on the coast “Havana Nights,” a lively cocktail party with entertainment and auction. Primarily subscribed by sponsor Fletcher Jones, joining generous and enthusiastic donors American Integrated Resources, Bacardi, COCO on the Go and Redlands Community Hospital, among many others, make the event a financial success for breast cancer patients in need of the support.

Nilo G. Low, founder and president of Breast Cancer Fundraising with Charlotte Martin, a breast cancer survivor and director of giving for the group.

(courtesy of BCF)

“The BCF fills a gap in our current healthcare system. When a patient is newly diagnosed with breast cancer, we provide her with resources and products to help alleviate some of the challenges she will face on the way to recovery and recovery,” Nilo G. Low, Founder and President of the BCF Foundation. “The BCF WeCare package is a pot of strength and provides hope for newly diagnosed patients. From a yoga mat and chemotherapy beanie to comfortable socks and neck pillow, the goal is to make sure patients know they are not alone.”

One last nod to summer

Sherman Local Treasure Library and Gardens hosted the 2022 Newport Beach Garden Tour and Summer Garden Party recently, raising more than $80,000 for the century-old library and garden in Corona del Mar.

“Guests enjoyed delicious food from 608 Dahlia Restaurant, Bouquet Bar, Posy Frame, artists painting on the garden and selling their artwork, and live music by Dave Aguiar and The Garden Party Players,” he said. Beverly Morganrepresent the library.

Mary Kennedy won a $100 gift certificate for the best garden hat.

Mary Kennedy won a $100 South Coast Plaza gift certificate for the best garden hat at the annual Sherman Gardens event.

(Jeanine Hill Photography)

Attendees wear their favorite garden party hat to enter the hat contest upon arrival. The judges of the hat contest were Alan GibbonsEditor at Orange Coast Magazine, Rene RaphaelHe is a designer in the Design Program at South Coast Plaza, and Kathy Van Kat From Recycled Rags, a high-end clothing consignment store in Corona del Mar. Awards were given to Mary Kennedy best garden hat, Pam Edmondson For the best DIY / handmade hat, Lorna Cohen For the hat with the greatest heart, and Emma Hennessy It won the award for the best children’s hat.

Morgan reports: “Silent auctions and raffles for prizes donated by businesses in the area contributed to the most successful park tour in the history of Sherman Library and Gardens.”

Alan Gibbons, Debra Jane Downing, Julie Lilo and Pam Janeiro at the Sherman Library and Gardens Summer Garden Party.

Alan Gibbons, left, Debra Jean Downing, Julie Lilo and Pam Janeiro stand in front of the live Posey Frame, created by Sherman horticulturists at the Sherman Library and Gardens summer garden party.

(Jeanine Hill Photography)

“I am overwhelmed by the generosity of our members, volunteers and the community who continue to generously support Sherman Library and Gardens,” he stated Scott Leveloir, Executive Director. “Proceeds from the Newport Beach Garden Tour & Summer Garden Party will support children’s education programs, which we look forward to growing in the next year.”

Helping families and children with design

The Newport Decorative Arts Society (DARTS) gathered its members for a summer session to give 13 local OC nonprofits a total of $275,000 in donor gift money raised during the past season of lectures and receptions with renowned professionals from the worlds of interior design and architecture. Landscape design and decorative arts. An anonymous donor has increased the giveaway with a gift of $60,000 to two additional nonprofits.

Over the past 25 years, more than $3.6 million has been raised and distributed to outstanding local charities that generally focus on the county’s health, family, and child care needs.

DARTS members Janet Corsi, Hila Bertia and Sharon Henwood at their recent scholarship presentation luncheon.

DARTS members Janet Corsi, Hila Bertia and Sharon Henwood at their recent scholarship presentation luncheon.

(Natalie Graham)

“The past two years have been difficult for charities, not just to raise funds, but to meet the needs of the growing number of women, children and families in Orange County who are at risk or in need,” said Madeline Hayward, president of DARTS. “This year we have attempted to cover children from young children through adulthood as well as provide family support to help them achieve a stable family with food, parenting knowledge, and life skills to provide a better future for all family members. We are proud to continue our grant program to help these non-profit organizations local profitability on providing much-needed shelter, counseling, education, and basic needs services here in Orange County.”

Madeleine Hayward, President of DARTS, and Lizzie Lowe of Hope Harbor at DARTS give an introductory lunch.

Madeleine Hayward, President of DARTS, and Lizzie Lowe of Hope Harbor at DARTS give an introductory lunch.

(Natalie Graham)

DARTS scholarship recipients include; Breast Cancer Solutions, Building a Future, Casa Youth Shelter, Katrina Club, Family Support Network, The Convivial Center, Fristers, Homeless Intervention Services, Builders of Hope, Laura House, Laurel House/Harbor, South County, Transitional Living Center for Women. The additional donor gift of $60,000 will help fund two special projects, including a new Katrina Kitchen truck, which will distribute children’s meals throughout Orange County, and a new child-safe play yard at the Transitional Women’s Life Center.

For more information about the Decorative Arts Society and membership opportunities, visit

bed for each child

The Service for People in Need (SPIN) will hold its annual gala on October 7 at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, Corona del Mar.

Described as an evening in the “spirit of giving,” SPIN advocates will gather to raise funds to support permanent housing for families with children in need of help keeping the family together under one roof.

Kim FraserEvents Director, Nonprofit Organization Mission Statement: “Home is the beginning of hope and dreams.”

In 2021, SPIN helped 750 families (1,800 adults, 1,630 children) find permanent homes. The main support for SPIN comes from Richard And the Kim CrawfordAnd the Curtis And the Jill SheetzAnd the Wayne And the Mary Lou ShattuckAnd the Maureen FlanaganAnd the Rachel OwensAnd the The And the Susan DegrassiAnd the Craig And the Kate DumagalaAnd the Charles And the Regina GranvilleAnd the Mikhail And the Tara Gilmore And the Gazelle with banana pouramong several others.

Fantastic night in the fun zone set on November 4th

The Balboa Island Museum in Newport Beach is gearing up to take over the peninsula’s fun zone for its annual Fun Zone Festival Friday, November 4, and promises to be the most fall fun of fall at the bay overlooking playground.

The party starts at 6pm with special cocktails and amazing dinner stations, created by OC Caterer and awesome party planner Linda Young From Elite OC Productions. This will be followed by wild and crazy entertainment, celebrities, clowns and a live concert.

As the crowd roams the popular attractions and amusements, the money raised will benefit the much-loved Balboa Island Museum, and its year-round exhibits and programs are open to all.

Museum directors Shirley Bibs and my daughter Tiffany Pepes Howy Put your heart and soul into the annual gala because it is the most important fundraiser of the year supporting the Museum. Even today, Julia Argyros The Argyros Family Foundation once again generously offered to cover part of the cost. Additional support is needed.

Tickets are $200, including all food, drinks, carnival games, prizes, entertainment, and priceless nightly fun. Go to for more information and tickets.

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