An extravagant evening in
Super-generous underwriter John Tu, chairman of Kingston Technology Corp., and his 28-member band, known as "
The John Tu band was the tip of the iceberg.
The affair attracted a who's-who crowd of Orange County givers. Total proceeds from the gala are estimated at nearly $800,000, a phenomenal success in tough economic times. The largesse is due in great part to the support and participation of this years honored couple, Bette and Wylie Aitken, who shared the spotlight with the Orange County High School of the Arts as the honorees of the evening.
In recent years Wylie Aitken, a mega-successful Orange County-based attorney, and his wife Bette have become major players on the social scene, underwriting and supporting a diverse portfolio of causes, most prominent among them arts and culture-related endeavors. In his youth, Wylie pursued an acting career, which at some point translated into the legal profession. Certainly the skills he learned as a performer no doubt propelled his legal career into the stratosphere. As a tremendous community asset, the Aitkens have, in turn, generously shared their success with the Orange County family and make a big difference in the arts scene for thousands of people who have no idea who they are.
The Aitkens joined two additional exemplary donors John and Mary Tu and the highly regarded S. Paul and Marybelle Musco in raising the financial bar to the incredible $800,000 figure. Each of them were responsible for significant six-figure contributions to KOCE-TV. Additional support came from the