The Crowd: Lunch in support of neurological diseases

Editor's note: This corrects the spelling of Christopher Duma and Judy Voltmer's last names.

A very special luncheon — intimate and inspirational — unfolded March 27 at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort. The Foundation for Neurosciences, Stroke and Recovery (FNSR) welcomed 60 passionate guests for luncheon by the bay and to participate in a session with Dr. Christopher Duma, executive director of FNSR, Allison Smith-Conway of Parkinson's In Balance and Todd Bischoff, also a Parkinson's activist.

The luncheon raised $15,000, which will be used by FNSR to support individuals and families affected by neurological ailments. Among the guests supporting the event were Kathy and Tom Ferry, Richard and Judy Voltmer, Dennis and Sarah Drislane, Victor and Tamara Pinenta and Claudia Schou. For more information on FNSR founded in 2004, go to

Get out your calendars and see if you are available April 10 for a little Sunday night revelry at A Restaurant in Newport Beach. It's all about doing something for the homeless in our community and it's sponsored by a hardworking agency known as Serving People in Need or SPIN.

A Restaurant working with donors and honorary chairs Dick and Karen Nichol and the entire board of SPIN led by the super-dedicated Mary Lou Shattuck, invite Newport-Mesa to a celebrity bartender and dinner gathering that will find local luminaries Peggy Goldwater and Bob Clay, Alison and Kimo McCormick, Teddie Ray, Barbara and Kyle Eidson, Lynn and Ed Selich and "The Real Housewives of Orange County" co-star Alexis Bellino and her husband, Jim Bellino, serving no-host happy hour-priced drinks behind the A Bar from 5 pm to 8 p.m.

The restaurant has also created a special SPIN Plate Special priced at $25 for the prix fixe dinner, of which $10 from each reservation will go to the charity. If you are staying for dinner there is no cover. Just coming for drinks, SPIN will collect a $20 tax-deductible donation at the door.

Space is limited. Call A Restaurant at (949) 650-6505 and reserve your table to help someone who simply needs a leg up on life.

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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