Past Events

MS Gala & Charity Fashion Show Presented by DBS Financial Group

Monday, December 6th, 2010

28th Anniversary MS Gala & Charity Fashion Show Presented by DBS Financial Group

On January 20, 2011, 1,200 of South Florida’s elite and philanthropic residents will be attending the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, South Florida Chapter 28th Annual MS Gala & Charity Fashion Show presented by DBS Financial Group held at the Broward County Convention Center at 10 a.m.

For her third consecutive year, Deborah DelPrete will be chairing The MS Gala & Charity Fashion Show, which is South Florida’s largest luncheon and fashion show and has become one of the most prestigious fundraisers in the community. Last year’s charity event raised more than $450,000 in the fight against MS.

Phillis Oeters will be honored with this year’s Hope Award. Oeters is the Corporate Vice President of Government and Community Relations of Baptist Health South Florida. Oeters serves on several community boards, including, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Beacon Council, United Way, Coral Gables Community Foundation, and Nat Moore Foundation. She is also Chairman of the Board of the Neurologically Injured Compensation Fund for the State of Florida, a billion dollar fund responsible for caring for children injured at birth.

“We are so pleased to honor Phillis Oeters for her extraordinary efforts in advocating for health care for all Floridians and her outstanding work on behalf of the entire South Florida Community,” said Karen Dresbach, President of the National MS Society, South Florida Chapter. “She is South Florida’s very own superwoman.”

Carrie and David Schulman, principles of DBS Financial Group, will serve as the title sponsor for the event. The Schulman’s have been involved with the Gala since its inception in 1983, which has raised more than $4.5 million to help the National MS Society fund research to find the cause of MS, ways to treat MS and ultimately, a cure for the disease.

Designer Rene Ruiz will bring his annual fashion show back to the MS Gala for the eighth year. He will dazzle guests with the debut of his new collection for women and men, and will give Supermodels for a Day an opportunity to strut down the runway in a design made especially for them. Ruiz is credited for helping South Florida become an international fashion center. His Coral Gables atelier showcases ready-to-wear designs, as well as cocktail, eveningwear, bridal and custom couture.

The runway models will glitter with exquisite jewelry provided by J.R. Dunn Jewelers, the official jewelry sponsor of the MS Gala & Fashion Show.

The MS Gala & Fashion Show’s generous sponsors include Philanthropic Partners, Michele & Steve Jackman, Platinum Sponsor, Bienenfeld, Lasek & Starr, LLC and the exclusive Automobile Sponsor, South Florida Audi Dealers.

For further information on the MS Gala & Fashion Show please contact Monica Whiting at the National MS Society, South Florida Chapter at 954-731-4224; 1-800 FIGHT MS; or visit

November 4th – NHBWA Luncheon On Social Media for Small Businesses

Monday, October 18th, 2010

The National Hispanic Business Women Association in partnership with the Orange County SBDC is pleased to present:  

Manal Richa, Orange County SBDC Business Consultant,  Speaking on Social Media for Small Businesses.   Learn how Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter can promote your small business.

This event will take place on Thursday November 4th at the Rancho Santiago Community College District Board Room 107.  Registration begins at 1130am.  Members $10, Non-members $20 and free for students with valid I.D.
For details, visit, call (714)836-4042 or e-mail  Reserve your seat now!  RSVP by November 2nd.

About the NHBWA:  

The National Hispanic Business Women Association (NHBWA) is a non-profit organization in Orange County, California established in 1997. NHBWA’s purpose is to empower and encourage women and business owners to develop and increase their business through educational seminars and speakers, by offering mutual support, the sharing of information, business referrals and networking. We are committed to educating and empowering entrepreneurs from diverse communities in Orange County. Our goal is to provide specialized information in business development, provide our members with informational resources, and offer opportunities to students who wish to pursue higher education and a career in business.

Since its inception, the NHBWA has awarded 83 educational scholarships to deserving students. This achievement has been possible thanks to the support of our members, corporate sponsors and donors.

Save The Date!! 2010 Step Out Walk

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes is the American Diabetes Association signature fundraising walk that takes place in 160 cities across the U.S. to help raise money to find a cure for nearly 24 million Americans living with diabetes and to help improve their lives. Those who participate register and recruit co-workers, friends and family members to walk and raise money. The day of the event (Oct. 9th) is a party to celebrate the fundraising accomplishments of our teams and individual participants as well as an opportunity to promote awareness about diabetes in the local community.

The StepOut Walk will take place on the grounds of America’s First Theme Park, Knotts Berry Farm in Buena Park! The fun begins at the staging area near Independence Hall and circles Soak City before entering Park Grounds. Once inside Knott’s, walkers will pass through Camp Spooky, the Boardwalk, Ghost Town, Calico Square and the Wild Water Wilderness before ending back at the Pavilion. Convenient rest stops and fun surprouses are located throughout the route. We will also have a shorter walk laid out for those who arent ready for the 3 mile walk. As Walkers arrive at the finish line, they are greeted with a hero’s welcom followed by food, live entertainment, product sampling, t-shirt art contest, and other fun activities.

Children are more than welcome to come and participate in the event dressed in their Halloween costumes, there will be sugar free trick or treating too!

So come on out to Knotts Berry Farm to enjoy a day of family fun while supporting the fight to find a cure for diabetes.

Bike for National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Join us October 16, 2010 for the best ride of your life! Bike MS is Southern California’s premier cycling event. We have route options for every level of cyclists, ranging from 15 – 160 miles; you will surely find a route fit for you.

You’ll explore Southern California’s most picturesque areas on your bike. The event starts in the beautiful city of Ventura and passes through the communities of Santa Paula, Ojai, Casitas, Montecito and Carpentaria. Day two takes riders from Ventura through Oxnard and Camarillo. Participants have the option of camping at San Buenaventura State Beach, the site of our start/finish line and festival, or staying in one of the adjacent hotels.

We will be with you every pedal stroke of the way as you take on the challenge and join the movement to create a world free of MS. Enjoy delicious meals and strong support, with rest stops every 15 miles and support vehicles along the route. A fantastic festival awaits you on Saturday afternoon with great food, music, massage tent and a beer garden.

Most importantly, you will not only get an unforgettable weekend, but a chance to make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. The money you raise will support education, advocacy, research and local programs that enhance the quality of life for people with MS and their families.

For more information, visit Bike MS: Southern California.

The McDavids Step Out to a Tea Dance

Thursday, August 19th, 2010
By Riley McDavid   Riley McDavid

“Well laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-deeeee-daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!”

When you hear a yelp like that in our neighborhood, you know Arnie is lurking nearby. At the time Mrs. McDavid and I had just come out of our front door on the way to our car.  She was wearing a colorful cotton summer dress, and I was sporting an industrial strength preppy outfit: blazer, prep school tie, tan slacks, tassel loafers, etc.

 “What’s with all this tonsorial splendor?” Arnie asked as he approached.

“Tonsorial?” Mrs. McDavid said to me.  “You haven’t had a haircut in weeks.”

“He means sartorial, Honey.”

“Ah,” she said, with a knowing nod.

“What’s wrong with the way I’m dressed?” I asked.

“It’s hot and it’s the middle of the afternoon,” he said.  “Usually at this time of day you’re paddling around in a ratty 49er t-shirt, hippy flip flops and those silly plaid shorts that look like they’re underwear. I think they are underwear. Are you sure they’re not underwear?”

“I’m sure.  Anyway the reason that we’re dressed up is that we’re going to tea.”

“Tea?” he said.

“Yes.  High tea actually.”

“You mean they spike the stuff?”

“No, Arnie,” Mrs. McDavid said.   “It’s a British term. Every afternoon the Ritz-Carlton serves high tea.”

“High tea at the Ritz,” Arnie said, suddenly looking quite serious and lowering his voice. “Are you guys sure you want to be seen talking to me?” he said softly.

“Do you drink tea, Arnie?” I asked.

“Heavens to Honolulu, no!  I don’t touch the stuff.  I’m what they call a teetotaller.”

“I think you’ve got it backwards Arnie.

“Whatever,” Arnie said.  “Anyway, you guys get going. And listen — you drive home real careful after drinking all that high tea.” 

If I’d been honest I would have told Arnie that I’d never been to high tea or a tea dance in my entire life.  But off we went, and a half-hour later we were at Age Well’s 15th Annual Founders’ Club Tea Dance, which was hosted by First Bank.

While those of us at the tables enjoyed tea and plates of traditional scones, sinful sweets and delicious nibblies like smoked salmon and cream cheese, a number of speakers from the podium welcomed us, led us in the flag salute, and gave an invocation.

Table 2 at the Tea Dance

The event gave Age Well CEO Dr. Marilyn Ditty and Board President Steve Moyer the opportunity to say a very public “Thank you” to Age Well’s many community partners, individual supporters, and volunteers.

The members of the 2010-11 Board of Directors came forward individually and then sworn in as a group by Orange County Superior Judge John Adams.

Dr. Ditty recounted some highlights of Age Well’s 2009-2010 year.

• She said the 42,000 rides to places like medical appointments, adult day services, and senior centers were double the number of just a year earlier.

Meals on Wheels delivered over 458,00 meals to 1,525 homebound seniors and another 2,326 seniors enjoyed the nutrition and the social benefits of 87,222 congregate meals. Impressive numbers considering that donations to Meals on Wheels were down 15%. “People are feeling the pinch these days,” Dr. Ditty said.  “Still we’ve never turned anyone away from our Meals program and never put anyone on a waiting list.”

• The Case Management team helped 365 seniors with 3,437 hours of case management and another 2,488 hours of in-house supportive services.

• Age Well helped 208 participants and their families by providing more than 82,000 hours of Adult Day Health Care and Adult Care, and provided much needed respite for caregivers and ongoing free caregiver support groups.

Although numbers are important, they don’t tell what Age Well and its volunteers mean to seniors. That important task was left to two speakers — one a client and the other a client and volunteer — whose testimonials each put a human face on the statistics.

Martha Waggoner, a caregiver for her parents, who both attend our Adult Day Health Care Center, spoke passionately about the support she gets and the healthcare and therapy services her folks receive during the day.

Gene Burrus, who is both a volunteer and a client at Dana Point, delivered a witty and eloquent appraisal of what it means to be a volunteer.

After all this, there was dancing to the music of the Sam Conti Band Ensemble. All in all, it was a most positive evening.

 Sam Conti Band Ensemble

Sam Conti Band Ensemble

The next day I ran into Arnie, and he asked me about the event.  I told him many of these same things.

“So what did you like best about the tea,” he asked.  “The food, the speeches, what?”

“Arnie,” I said, “the thing I liked best was spending three hours in the company of so many caring people.”

Next Week: A Mind Game

12th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Save the Date!  This year’s Plein Air Painting Invitational will take place October 10-17, 2010. The Collectors’ Soirée and Sale will take place Saturday, October 16.

Sunday, October 10

Paint Out at Treasure Island Park, South Laguna
50 artists from across the country invited to participate in the week-long Invitational will create study paintings for the event’s feature Trust Your Plein Sight. These are 8×10″ study paintings available for sale at $300 each. The buyer has to trust their instincts, because only after the purchase will the artist’s name revealed. These pieces will be on display at Laguna Art Museum during the week, and will go on sale the evening of the Collectors’ Soirée and Sale.

Monday, October 11 – Friday, October 15
Beginning Monday morning, October 11, the artists will paint throughout the area: on the beach, in the canyons, throughout the streets of the city, and continued through Thursday, October 14.  The public is encouraged to view the painters during the week as they create the very paintings which will hang in Laguna Art Museum. By Friday morning the artists will choose three paintings from among the works they completed during the week to be offered at the Collectors’ Soirée and Sale Saturday evening.


Saturday, October 16

Quick Draw at Heisler Park and Silent Auction (11:00 a.m.) at the Museum
On Saturday morning, all 50 artists will participate in a Quick Draw held in Heisler Park, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and immediately adjacent to the Museum. Under the gaze of hundreds of onlookers, artists will have just two hours to complete a work of art. The works are then moved to the Museum and immediately auctioned. Over 500 people attended this auction in 2009. This is a great chance for the public to see all of the master painters in action, select their favorite artist, watch the paintings being created, and then immediately purchase the paintings in the auction.

Collectors’ Soirée and Sale (6:00 p.m.)
Over 200 guests attend the Collectors’ Soirée and Sale annually at Laguna Art Museum. Attendees at this event have the first chance to view and to purchase, in advance of the general public, the art works created throughout the week including the $300 Trust Your Plein Sight paintings. This is a great chance for collectors and artists to meet and mingle over cocktails, delicious food provided by Las Brisas, and live music. Awards presented that evening include Artist’s Choice, Collector’s Choice, SouthwestArt Quick Draw and the Edward H. Boseker Award. Click the icons above to purchase your tickets today!

Sunday, October 17 (11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.)
Public Art Show and Sale
The Museum is free to visitors who have the opportunity to view and purchase paintings by the participating artists. The painters replaced works that sold during the Collectors’ Soirée with other paintings. Hundreds of plein air aficionados attended this public exhibition and sale. In 2009, the Museum welcomed over 650 guests.

For more information please contact Marni Farmer at or 949.494.8971 x208. Visit Laguna Art Museum for additional information as well.

Art Shack Open House at the Laguna Art Museum

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Art Shack Open House
Sunday, October 3, 2010
2:00-5:00 p.m.

Join us at Laguna Art Museum for our Art Shack Open House on the closing day of the Art Shack exhibition. Select artists will be available to answer questions and give tours of their shacks.

Artists combine art and architecture in Laguna Art Museum’s group exhibition Art Shack guest curated by Greg Escalante. Immerse yourself in 30 different worlds created by such artists as Don Ed Hardy, Shag, George Herms, Paul Frank, Marion Peck, and Mark Ryden, among others. Explore surf shacks, tattoo huts, retro shanties and more! Art Shack is presented by Hurley.
>> The Art Shack Open House is free for Museum Members, free for Non-members with paid admission

>> For more information, please contact Jackie Bunge at 949.494.8971 x207

Art Shack at the Laguna Art Museum

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Art Shack at the Laguna Art Museum June 13, 2010-October 3, 2010

Artists combine art and architecture in Laguna Art Museum’s group exhibition Art Shack guest curated by Greg Escalante. Immerse yourself in 30 different worlds created by such artists as Don Ed Hardy, Shag, George Herms, Paul Frank, Marion Peck, and Mark Ryden, among others. Explore surf shacks, tattoo huts, retro shanties and more–shack up at Laguna Art Museum this summer! Art Shack is presented by Hurley.

Many shacks are enterable, and some include interactive components such as music and film. Don Ed Hardy’s Tat Cat Shack (Tattoo Hut) features an activated tattoo machine.

“In the last ten years we have noticed that many of the artists we have exhibited in the Museum’s popular culture shows have made some type of ‘shack’,” said Laguna Art Museum Director Bolton Colburn. “We’ve worked with Greg Escalante on many of the Museum’s pop culture exhibitions over the years and he brought forward the idea of gathering these art shacks together into a central exhibition that explicates the phenomenon.”

Abandoning the rules of the art market and pressure to create saleable work, art shacks allow the artists to create an experiential environment, narrowing the distinction between art and function, object and environment. 

Though few of us have any direct experience with living in shacks, they are at least present in our collective memory through post-apocalyptic films like District 9 or childhood games like MASH (Mansion-Apartment-Shack-House) that predict your future life and placement in social class. Along the West Coast, we’re quite familiar with surf shacks, date shacks, and Tiki-inspired shacks-romantic, boutique-like bungalows for the leisure visitor.

However, architecturally, a shack is the lowest form of construction, meant to serve the most basic or immediate needs. By definition, a shack is a place of disrepair made of the most humble scrap materials like plywood, corrugated metal, and plastic. According to the United Nations, more than one billion people (one-sixth of the world’s population) live in slums-a settlement made of shacks.

In every sense of the word, a shack is temporal. It even implies to the more humorous, subversive, and misbehaved-to “shack up”-or abandon social norms and “shack up in the mountains.”

Ultimately, the artists in this exhibition aim to defy the norms of rules set against them, questioning the modes of mass production, social restrictions, and perhaps global capitalism.

For more information visit or contact Marni Farmer at and 949.494.8971 x208.

Lake Forest Independence Day Parade

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

 By Robert Seaman
Independence Day 5k runLake Forest Kiwanis pancake breakfastLake Forest parade on Cox TV

What a festive day for Lake Forest residents! The day began with the Firecracker 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by the City of Lake Forest and the EI Toro High School PSTO. All proceeds from this fundraiser go toward purchasing educational supplies, equipment and programs that benefit the students of EI Toro High School.

Next, how about the pancake breakfast prepared by Kiwanis of Lake Forest. The Kiwanis club is a non-profit group of volunteers changing the world through service to children and communities. Kiwanis members help shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged, and care for the sick. They develop youth as leaders, build playgrounds, raise funds for pediatric research, and much more. No problem is too big or too small. Why? Because working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child a chance to learn, experience, dream, and succeed, great things happen!

All proceeds from the Breakfast help our group change the community one youth at a time. As an added bonus – You’ll be there in plenty of time to get a good seat for the Independence Day Parade!

At 10:00 am sharp, the City of Lake Forest presented its 19th annual Independence Day Parade. The theme this year was “All American Spirit”. Thousands of local residents lined the streets to enjoy the free parade. Marching bands, drill teams, horses, girl scouts, boy scouts, car clubs, city leaders, clowns, fire engines and military were amoung the over one hundred parade entries. The entire parade is filmed by and aired on Cox Cable TV;

Rolling the Dice

Thursday, July 1st, 2010
By Riley McDavid Riley McDavid

Black Jack Dealer

I don’t gamble.  I know so little about gaming that until recently I thought Texas Hold ‘Em was an arrest procedure employed by the Dallas police. That all changed Saturday, June 26, when Mrs. McDavid and I went to Florence Sylvester Memorial Senior Center’s 11th Annual Casino Night. For $25 each, we got:

• Admission
• $100 apiece in play money
• Unlimited trips to a bountiful buffet
• Music by the Silver Foxes
• The opportunity to win some great raffle prizes.

I got initiated into the ways of craps thanks to an extremely patient croupier named James. James knew he wasn’t dealing with a Vegas regular when I first rolled the dice, missed the end of the table completely and winged a nearby blackjack dealer. Fortunately there were also plenty of people there who knew what gambling was all about.

Erma Hall, who goes to Laughlin and won a blackjack tournament on a cruise, spent all Casino Night at one blackjack table. Three hours later she had turned her $100 of play money into $1,300, which she then cashed in for tickets on raffle prizes.

Jeane Whieland (“I’m not a big gambler.”) wasn’t so lucky.   She lost all $100 at a Texas Hold ‘Em table, but that didn’t diminish her enthusiasm,  “I like the whole idea of the event,” she said.

For people who were just learning, James the croupier said Casino Nights are like Vegas on training wheels.  “You’re playing with house money, so you can’t lose a dime.”

From nine p.m. until nearly ten, Florence Sylvester Director Shirley Witt had the pleasure of announcing the winning raffle tickets for dozens of excellent prizes: a Magellan GPS, a 19-inch Vizio flat panel TV, a CD player, several $250 money trees, numerous restaurant gift certificates and much more.

The event is the biggest fundraiser for Florence Sylvester, and Shirley thanked everyone who made it happen: her own staff and volunteers; Howard and Betty Baumann who spend many hours organizing the event and lining up donors; the merchants and other businesses and individuals who donate prizes; the Silver Fox musicians; and Saddleback Kiwanis which supports the event.

Both Erma and Jeane said they’d be back next year, as did many others who obviously had had a great time — at the tables and in the buffet line.  And now that the McDavids had had a taste of gaming, would they be back?

“You can bet on it,” Mrs. McDavid said.