Glitz and glamour is what awaited the attendees of this year’s Life Without Limits Gala on Saturday the 26th of March at Newport’s Balboa Bay Club. Children ambassadors to UCP-OC greeted each person with a smile and a wave as they arrived to the event, and then ushered them into the cocktail reception where they had a wine and silent auction. Guests were offered specialty “Wickedtinis” and hors d’oeurves as they waited to enter the Grand Ballroom for the dinner and live auction.
Once you entered the ballroom you were ushered into an elegant world of sparkling emerald and stunning candlelit trees, each place setting fully equipped with emerald glasses and playbill for the evening. The main course was a mouth watering filet mignon and garlic roasted prawns with the musical talents of 19 year old Marna Rough and Sage Hill High School sophomore, Caitlin Cohn to entertain.
The night also honored Julia and George Argyros for their years of steadfast support for children with disabilities. The Reverend John and Mrs. Anne Huffman shared stories of friendship and philanthropy prior to the award presentation, and the couple was joined by their children and grandkids. The event was supported by DLD Insurance Brokers Inc, The Argyros Family, The Dubia Family Foundation, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, The Tunney Foundation and Fish & Richardson.
A live auction included packages worthy of the King of Oz. There was a Montecito beach house, Top Gun Fighter experience, Grammy tickets, a trip to New York including a shopping spree at Bergdorf-Goodman, theater tickets and accommodations at the renowned Plaza Hotel (sold 4 times!), a complete Hawaiian vacation and a sports lovers dream weekend with Lakers tickets, golf and luxurious Bentley. The night raised a total of over $380,ooo for UCP-OC. Live entertainment by Liquid Blue ended the night on the dance floor.
Make sure not to miss out next year on this unforgettable night, as you wine and dine in style to support UCP-OC!
Please follow this link to look at the pictures from the event! http://lilystein.smugmug.com/CLIENT/UCP-Gala
written by: Elizabeth Wylie