The Crowd: Clambake raises $144,000

More than 200 guests celebrated the Children's Bureau Clambake at the Oak Creek Golf Club, Irvine, in early June.

The culinary staff of the Island Hotel in Newport Beach prepared a wonderful summer feast of barbecued steak and grilled lobster as the crowd enjoyed their dinner, interspersed with dancing under the stars to the music of the Dwight Kennedy Band.

To sweeten the party they included a "build your own smores station," helping party planners raise an impressive $144,000 for the bureau's child abuse prevention programs in Orange County.

Chaired by the dynamic duo of Newport's Barbara Eidson and Brenda Walters, the evening was sponsored by the Crean Foundation, Disneyland Resort, Capital Group Cos., QBE First, the Bascom Group and more.

The bureau assists some 10,000 at risk children and parents each year providing services including counseling, healthcare, education and family resource options. To learn more go to


Designer preview brings bucks for OCMA

The annual Nordstrom Designer Preview unfolded last week at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Laguna Niguel for another standing room only evening of cocktails, conversation and fashion.

The Orange Coast crowd came in droves, spirits high and checkbooks ready to seize the moment for the latest fashion trends on display from designers including Donna Karan, Pucci, Erdem, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Missoni, Naeem Khan and Roberto Cavalli.

The $150 tickets benefited the Orange County Museum of Art. By the end of the evening the sea of stiletto heels brought in a total of $45,600 for the museum.


Nordstrom, Topman partner up

In related fashion news, Nordstrom announced a new and unique partnership with Topshop Topman. The British luxury fashion brands will debut in 14 Nordstrom stores across America on Sept. 10. Among the selected retail stores to feature the brand will be Nordstrom South Coast Plaza and Nordstrom Irvine Spectrum.

Launched in 1964, Topshop is considered a major British style authority and the world's largest fashion store in the heart of London's West End, attracting more than 200,000 shoppers every week.


Artist opens new gallery, studio

She calls herself a contemporary impressionist. Newport Beach artist Stephanie Godbey recently opened a new gallery and studio specializing in art classes for both adults and children along with creating an environment ideal as a hosting spot for private parties.

"We are excited to offer event space for girls night out, couples parties, charity events, birthday parties, bridal and baby showers and more," she says.

Working in both oils and acrylics for more than 25 years, Godbey has displayed her artwork throughout Southern California and wanted to establish a gallery to assist other artists as well. She believes that she can teach anyone and everyone how to paint. For more information, email Godbey at

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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