The World Affairs Council of Orange County gathered last month for a year-end celebration billed as "A Salute to the
It was an evening of considerable substance, headlined by guest speaker and guest of honor Mark Kimmitt, a retired Army brigadier general who was the former chief military spokesman for coalition forces in
Kimmitt, who was also assistant secretary of state for political and military affairs under
Joining Kimmitt for this Orange County evening focused on Washington policy were local Congressional representatives, including
The evening began with a cocktail reception followed by dinner and the program, which also honored Orange County Republican political activist Tom Fuentes in absentia. Fuentes, who is gravely ill, was honored with the annual Golden Orange Award from the council. Newport Beach's respected business leader, Jo Ellen Chatham, accepted the honor on his behalf.
Also on hand for the event, Newport's distinguished philanthropist and statesman, Sir Eldon Griffiths, joining Corona del Mar residents Annie and Clement Chu. Jerry Harrington, Serge Tomassian, Nora Valenzuela, and Liz and Rod Maxson all front and center for the annual World Affairs Council gathering. Funds raised from the $95 per person ticket price will benefit "Wounded Warriors," which assists injured service men and women.