Laura’s House Annual Gala

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Continuing its mission to end the cycle of domestic violence, Laura’s House hosted its annual gala, Step into the Roaring ’20s, at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa on Sept. 14. More than 250 guests embraced the evening’s vintage theme—inspired by “The Great Gatsby”—by donning dapper suits, flapper dresses and intricately beaded headbands. Following a cocktail reception and silent auction, attendees proceeded to an elegantly appointed ballroom where NBC Channel 4’s Vikki Vargas officiated the proceedings and Sensation Showband provided musical accompaniment. During a multicourse dinner featuring braised short ribs with red wine jus, Laura’s House Executive Director Margaret Bayston honored Wells Fargo for its contributions to the Ladera Ranch-based philanthropic organization, which has expanded its portfolio of resources since its founding in 1994 with a residential shelter; counseling, legal and transitional services; and children’s programs. The gala, which collected $250,000 to benefit Laura’s House initiatives, concluded with a drawing for a dazzling Tiffany & Co. Jazz pendant. —T.E.

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