Two very glamorous Orange County women, Pat Rypinski and Patricia Ann
Marshall, both of Newport Beach, greeted the arriving crush Thursday
evening on the patio fronting the new Bridge of Gardens at South Coast
Some 150 guests converged on the terrace in support of the Candlelight
Concert, a major holiday fund-raiser benefiting the Orange County
Performing Arts Center and presented by the Center's board of directors.
The terrace was transformed from its stark contemporary landscape into
a magical European topiary garden replete with living statues. It was all
created by sponsors Mikimoto Jewelry Co. and House Beautiful Magazine to
celebrate the success of co-chairs Rypinski and Marshall in creating what
promises to be the evening of quintessential holiday glamour on the
This year, the Candelight Concert, known for both its culinary and
entertainment razzle-dazzle, will be fronted by the legendary Harry
Belafonte. Once again, the Four Seasons Hotel will cater dinner on the
stage of Segerstrom Hall, followed by holiday music provided by the
Pacific Chorale, not to mention a nightcap reception and dancing till
dawn in Founders Hall.
On Thursday evening, despite a fall chill, the best-dressed local
crowd turned out to support the Center. Mingling in the garden, the
elegantly attired Suki McCardle with husband Randy McCardle joined
friends Cerise and Laurence Feeley with their beautiful daughter Eden and
her fiance, James Arthur Rock, set to be wed over the Thanksgiving
Patti Edwards stayed warm in her loden green wool suit trimmed with
dyed green fur at the shawl-style collar. Husband Jim Edwards was upbeat,
talking life, politics and the latest on his theater business with
colleagues and friends, including Robert Follman, sans wife Carole, who
was busy working on their new home in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
"We've been going there for years," shared Bob, adding, "It has to be
the wildest city on Earth."
Follman circled the party with his daughter Robin Follman, well known
to Orange County audiences for her exemplary operatic performances in
Fortune tellers, palm readers and Tarot card interpreters delighted
the crowd. No one came away unhappy with their predictions.
Center fund-raiser and raconteur Terry Jones, attending the party with
his pretty blond bride, Judy, kept asking if the palm reader advised that
the subject was coming into a great fortune.
Why? Well, the Center is building a multimillion-dollar project. Why
Also in the crowd, on the arm of husband Tom, was Joan Riach, wearing
a black wool winter pants suit trimmed in fur at the collar.
"Patti Edwards is always so well-dressed," mused Joan, wearing an
almost identical outfit to Patti's.
Vesta Curry, wearing her signature hat, joined friend Elizabeth
Vincent, who was looking exceedingly snappy in a red wool winter holiday
coat. Big Canyon's Nancy Sorosky was nothing short of Holly Golightly,
bouncing around the affair spreading smiles.
Also attending were Byron and Ronnie Allumbaugh, Darrel and Marsha
Anderson, Mikimoto's Bill Thomas, Ruth Ding, Catherine and Jim Emmi,
Gloir and Irwin Gellman, Maralou and Jerry Harrington, Roger and Gail
Kirwan, Donna Phelps, Mary Jean Simpkins, Doti Stillwell, Pat and Gene
Hancock, and the Boyd family, led by matriarch Gail Bronson Boyd of Palm
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Stand Alone Photos and Captions
1. Three Orange County mental health organizations -- the John Henry
Foundation, NAMI Orange County and The Mental Health Assn. of Orange
County -- will benefit from the $60,000 raised at the recent "Get
Involved For Mental Health" inaugural fashion show benefit held at the
Waterfront Hilton Beach Resort, featuring the fashions of Neiman Marcus,
Fashion Island. Pictured from left, Tania Forder Carrel, Susan Smallwodd
and Desiree Peschong were all major organizers of the fund-raiser.
2. Julio Bocca and Ballet Argentino recently performed at The Orange
County Performing Arts Center. At the after-performance reception, Bocca
posed for the camera with a young, aspiring ballerina in the crowd, Alana