Benefits and Benefactors


Stars Come Out for Festival Gala

Joe Mantegna, second from right, with guests at the Festival of Arts’ gala.
Joe Mantegna, second from right, with guests at the Festival of Arts’ gala.

Al Jarreau performed to nearly 3,000 fans at the Festival of Arts and celebrity guests enjoyed a private showing of the Pageant of the Masters during an end-of-season gala last month that raised $250,000.

Television’s Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, A.J. Cook, and Matthew Gray Gubler of “Criminal Minds” turned out for the event.

Hank Kurtz and Lynn Erwin of Carlsbad won the raffle for a Hawaiian getaway to Maui. Ginger Thomas won Lugano Diamonds’ earrings and Bill Larsen from Ocean View, Dela., was the big winner of a 2014 Mazda 6 GT.

Proceeds will benefit future arts programming and the building fund, earmarked for planned renovations on the grounds, a statement says.

Fun Time Supports a School in Africa

A fundraiser for the Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania, which operates Orkeeswa Secondary School near Monduli, Tanzania, will be held from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9 at The Ranch, 31106 Coast Highway.

United Methodist Church has sponsored two trips to the school and plans another. Orkeeswa School staff will make a video presentation during the event.

Guests will be ferried by trolley across the golf course to an open air venue for a BBQ, entertainment by a jazz ensemble and surf band Saltwater Highway.

Tickets, a $30 tax-deductible donation to IEFT, are available on-line at: For more information contact: [email protected].

Salon Treats Go Beyond Blow-Outs

Laguna local Patricia Musselman’s Belo Blow Dry Bar hosts a free, back-to-school trunk show from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18

The salon show at 302 Forest Ave. features MAST bags and La Reunion jewelry and a portion of proceeds will benefit PUP, Protecting Unwanted Pets of Laguna Beach.

Belo Blow Dry Bar is open seven days a week. Appointments: 949-494-9714.

You’re Invited to a Tea Party

The R Star Foundation, which helps women and children in Nepal, invites all to Ileana’s Tea Party, a fundraiser to be held from 2- 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept 21, at 17151 Greenleaf Lane, Huntington Beach.

Enjoy tea and sandwiches, entertainment and a silent auction. For more information contact [email protected].

Getting to Zero Dazzles with Fashion and Fundraising

A three-act show, live auction and donation drive was attended by nearly 400 guests, a benefit for AIDS Service Foundation of Orange County last month.

The Getting to Zero Guild hosted the event at Marc Pridmore Design Gallery in Costa Mesa, which raised $38,500 for the effort.

Master of Ceremonies Guy Babusek introduced three sets of fashion looks from designers Betinnis Fashions of Brea, J. Hilburn and Undercover Men’s Wear.

AIDS Services Foundation provides assistance to the HIV affected population.



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