— A grand evening in
on Monday brought together America's business, cultural and social elite honoring
The occasion celebrated the
Medal of Excellence bestowed upon Segerstrom, who attended the gala escorting his chic bride,
, and joined by extended family along with more than 100 Newport-Mesa guests who had flown in for the evening.
The medal was presented to Segerstrom, developer of South Coast Plaza and founding chairman of the Orange County Performing Arts Center and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, by former Carnegie honoree
, chairman, president and CEO of Macy's Inc. New York Mayor
proclaimed June 7 as "Segerstrom Center for the Arts Day" in the city.
Recognized for outstanding leadership in arts philanthropy, Segerstrom has forged a unique relationship with Carnegie Hall working with the renowned executive and artistic director
. In fall 2009 that partnership created a programming schedule billed as "Ancient Paths, Modern Voices," which brought Chinese culture from New York's Carnegie stage to the Segerstrom Center in
in conjunction with the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, led by
. It was the first time Carnegie Hall festival programming had ventured forth outside of New York City.
This year, debuting in October 2010, the partnership will bring to Orange County audiences a program billed as JapanOC, a close cousin of JapanNYC at Carnegie Hall focusing on the vibrant array of both traditional and contemporary Japanese culture.
The success of the continuing venture was celebrated by more than 350 guests attending the black-tie evening on the Starlight Roof at
on tony Park Avenue. Former CitiCorp and Smith Barney Shearson
, who also serves as chairman of The Carnegie Hall Foundation, and his beautiful wife,
, wearing an elegant and classic shimmering grey cocktail suit welcomed the Segerstrom family and their
and his wife,
and his wife, former chairwoman of Paramount Pictures
, telecommunications czar
and his, wife,
along with family members
and the ultra glamorous
wearing an exquisite copper-colored flowing satin gown under a floor-length-coordinated evening coat were all front and center for Henry Segerstrom.
Also turning out to support Henry and Elizabeth were
Susan Pack, Pamela Hoefflin, Judy Zankel, Laura Pomerantz, Bruno Laguardia, Lucia Hwong Gordon
and co-chairs of the evening in from Orange County
Gloria and R.J. Brandes
, chairman of Belgravia Capital Corporation/JMB Realty Corp.
The entertainment for the celebration came from world-renowned opera star Denyce Graves. Maestro
served as chair for the honorary artists committee that included the high-profile contributions of
, all of whom have been associated with Henry Segerstrom over many years in different capacities.
Also spotted in the crowd were
Tim Jessell, Dean and Kaly Corey, Moira Kamgar, Linda and Alan Beimfohr, Sabra Bordas, Michelle Rohe, Zee Allred and Drago Gligic, Debra Gunn Downing
and Henry Segerstrom's daughter