14 newportbeachindy.com JUNE 24, 2016 C harity S potlight SHINING A LIGHT ON LOCAL NONPROFITS AND PHILANTHROPISTS Pacific Chorale Holds “Music of the Night” Season Finale Gala Pacific Chorale CEO Elizabeth Pearson with Laguna Beach residents Rob Harryman, Dr. Walton Montegut, John Gustafson and Jim Moore Decorated table By NB Indy Staff It was a dazzling “Music of the Night” evening when Pacific Chorale closed its 48th season on June 12 with a block-buster concert and gala that netted nearly $100,000 for the organization’s education programs. The first part of the evening began at 5:30 p.m. with a performance by the Chorale in the Segerstrom Concert Hall featuring music the choir is taking on its European Tour to Budapest and Vi-enna in June and July, including works by Hungarian, German and American composers designed for performances in large cathedral spaces. After the concert, guests moved to the Avenue of the Arts Hotel (formerly the Wyndham Hotel) for an evening of celebration, including auctions, awards and Broadway musical entertainment. To tie to the theme of “Music of the Night,” the hotel dining room was deco-rated in red, white and black décor, and each table boasted a bouquet of roses with a white half mask embedded in it. For dinner, guests enjoyed a three course meal featuring grilled top sirloin with scallops, sautéed salmon, and wild mushroom vegetarian ravioli. The des-sert consisted of petite key lime panna cotta with raspberry coulis and choco-late ganache tower with fresh berries. Judy Morr, the long-time Executive Vice President of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, received the Chorale’s annual “Entrepreneur in the Arts” Lifetime Achievement award for her work in the arts throughout her career. Morr has been instrumental in bringing ballet to Segerstrom Center, including attracting the American Ballet Theater’s west coast school of Dance to the Seger-strom Center for the Arts, with support from philanthropist William J. Gillespie. The entertainment at the end of the evening featured world-renowned Davis Gaines (of “Phantom of the Opera” and “Les Misérables” fame) performing songs from musical theater roles that he has performed on stage. Attendees at the event included Newport Beach residents Mary and Phil Lyons, John and Marsha Cashion, David and Donna Janes, Mark and Donna Hoover, and Jan Landstrom. Other attendees included Laguna Beach residents Hans and Valerie Imhof, Rob and Nancy Daley, Al Roberts and Ken Jilson, Janice Johnson, John Alexan-der, Tom Nielsen, Rick Reiff and Mary Ann Brown, and Elizabeth Pearson. Representatives from the corporate Davis Gaines entertains at post-concert gala. Honoree, Lifetime Achievement, “Entrepreneur in the Arts” Judy Morr sector included Lucy Dunn of the Orange County Business Council, Chris and Susan Lindley from Capital Group, Michael Vantrease of Plaza Bank, Karen Perrone of First American Trust, and Tom Pridonoff of Accent Plastics. Pacific Chorale has delighted national and international audiences with con-certs of great choral music performed at the highest musical standards since 1968. Under the artistic leadership of John Alexander, the organization produces a series of concerts each year at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, where it serves as the sole resident choir. The mission of Pacific Chorale is to enrich and educate the community by emonstrating outstanding leadership in the performance, creation and preserva-tion of choral music. Pacific Chorale is recognized for ex-ceptional artistic expression, preserving and performing classical choral music as well as stimulating American-focused programming. Pacific Chorale presents a substantial performance season of its own and is sought regularly to perform with the nation’s leading symphonies. Under the inspired guidance of Artistic Director John Alexander, Pacific Cho-rale has infused an Old World art form with California’s hallmark innovation and cultural independence, developing innovative new concepts in program-ming, and expanding the traditional concepts of choral repertoire and performance. The organization boasts over 30 world premieres and has released 14 self-produced recordings. More info: PacificChorale.org. Mike Trout Hits a Home Run for Big Brothers Big Sisters By NB Indy Staff Star Angels baseball player Mike Trout has stepped up to bat for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire. As their ambassador, Trout is encour-aging fans to participate in the ‘Hit it Big with Mike Trout’ Pledge It campaign to benefit the nonprofit and its focus on one-to-one youth mentoring programs. Throughout the 2016 baseball season, fans can visit pledgeit.org/miketrout and pledge any amount (as low as $1) for each home run Trout hits, or make a one-time contribution to support BBBS and its life-changing mentoring pro-grams for local children facing adversity. Founded in 2014 by former Penn State football player Scott Shirley, Pledge It is an online fundraising plat-form that allows teams and athletes to raise funds for charitable organizations through their athletic performance. In January, Trout announced his new role as ambassador of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire. The partnership is the first of its kind for the 2014 American League MVP, and stems from his own positive experiences with mentorship. Trout works with the nonprofit to en-hance volunteer recruitment opportuni-ties via social media advocacy, market-ing and fundraising initiatives. One of the best hitters in the game today, Trout belted 41 home runs during the 2015 regular season. If he repeats that feat, an individual pledge of $10 would yield a $410 donation to BBBS by the end of the regular season. For more information, visit ocbigs. org/miketrout.