The Crowd: Doris Roberts fronts Newport fundraiser for Alzheimer's Assn. [Corrected]

The Orange County chapter of the Alzheimer's Assn. held its fifth annual "Visionary Women" luncheon at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa.

In the Nov. 5 column "The Crowd: Doris Roberts fronts Newport Fundraiser for Alzheimer's Assn.," Antonello Ristorante should be listed as in Santa Ana, not Costa Mesa. Also, the event titled "Canyon Acres raises funds at Antonello Ristorante" is separate from the "Spooktacular 2011" event. The photo captions also had the incorrect names for those photographed.

Fronting the affair was five-time Emmy Award winning actress Doris Roberts. The co-star of television's "Everybody Loves Raymond" helped event organizers raise an impressive $75,000 to fund local Alzheimer's services as well as advance ongoing research.

Chaired by Kirsten Mangers with support from the Visionary Women's Leadership Circle members Julia Argyros, Jacque Dupont, Susan Johnson, Lauren Kear, Sandra McDaniel, Beverly Newton-Redfern and Marla Robinson, the upbeat luncheon spread the all-important message of hope to both those suffering and to those caring for the victims of Alzheimer's disease.

For more information on the work of the O.C. Chapter, go to or call 1(800) 272-3900.


'Spooktacular 2011'

The Providence Speech and Hearing Center threw a major Halloween party, which organizers billed as "Spooktacular 2011." The recent Saturday night extravaganza unfolded at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Newport Beach, co-chaired by Joan May, Robbi Nicoli and Jo-E Immel.

It was a night of costumes, cocktails and conversation underwritten and supported by donors including Pacific Premiere Bank, Phonak, Comerica Bank, The Word and Brown Companies and Stradling Yocca Carlson and Rauth, attorneys at law.

Funds raised benefit Providence programs "enriching life through gifts of speech and hearing." To learn more go to


Canyon Acres raises funds at Antonello Ristorante

Antonello Ristorante, Santa Ana was the romantic setting for an evening under the fall stars on behalf of Canyon Acres, a family services organization providing "housing, care, treatment and supportive services" for abused, neglected children and their families.

The annual dinner gathering is sponsored by a men's group known as Padrini d' Antonello. Every year they honor O.C. philanthropists for their civic contribution. The 2011 "Shining Star" honors went to Pat and Mary Dirk.

Chairing the event were Erin Lastinger and Windell Stout with a committee putting on the $250 per person dinner including Matthew De Armey, Thad Foret, Monty Ruff, Myra Erickson, Rob Morey and Julie Ruff.

Since 1980 Canyon Acres has been serving the needs of children all over Southern California. Please visit to learn more.


'Evening under the stars'

The Costa Mesa High School Foundation raised a remarkable $29,000 recently at the inaugural "evening under the stars," held in the beautiful Noguchi Gardens.

The foundation partnered with the city of Costa Mesa and the Costa Mesa Conference and Visitor Bureau to create the party catered by none other than Maestro's Steakhouse.

High school students from Costa Mesa handled the music and entertainment. All of the proceeds, with funds raised through sponsorships, tickets sales and silent auction items sales, benefit the school directly.

THE CROWD runs Thursdays and Saturdays. B.W. Cook is editor of the Bay Window, the official publication of the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach.

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