Christmas At The Ritz

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The Women of Chapman

The Women of Chapman once again made Newport Beach the place to be on the first Saturday in December as they held their 25th annual holiday soirée at The Ritz Restaurant and Garden. It’s one of the few places where it’s still socially acceptable to start with a first martini at 11 a.m.; by 4 p.m. the bar is among the most fascinating spots in town. And in between, it’s all about philanthropy as these ladies who lunch gathered 380 guests to support the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, raising some $238,000 toward the group’s $1 million commitment to endow student filmmakers. Models dripping in jewelry from Newport’s Lugano Diamonds and donning the latest fashions by Fendi, South Coast Plaza, circled the sold-out restaurant. As always, the highlight was the liveliest raffle around with grand gifts generously donated by top O.C. boutiques, jewelers and others. Our table of eight defied the odds with three big winners, the result of the power of positive thinking, no doubt!

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