Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the foundation’s inception, Festival of Children hosted a USO-themed opening night party Sept. 5 at South Coast Plaza’s Garden Terrace. The summer soiree kicked off September’s community-wide outreach event at South Coast Plaza. Local political dignitaries, including Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry, business leaders and charity representatives were among the more than 400 individuals in attendance. Befitting the theme, guests enjoyed all-American cuisine, “trooptinis” and a retro-inspired live musical performance. Estancia High School graduate Elizabeth Piercy was honored with the organization’s annual FRED Award for knitting more than 900 hats for local hospital patients and children in Africa. Founder and Executive Director Sandy Segerstrom Daniels also shared a few milestone achievements with guests, noting that over the years the nonprofit has served more than 2 million kids, with a goal of bringing together the efforts of charities, companies and individuals to improve the lives of children. —A.H.