Girls Night Out – Boys & Girls Club

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Did someone mention the four “F’s? Food, fashion, fun and fabulous cocktails?

The Boys and Girls Club Annual “Girls Night Out” took place at the beautiful Wilson family home on Rockledge bluff in Laguna Beach, Thursday October 1, 2015. In its seventh year, the event has become one of Orange County’s most anticipated fundraising experiences. In addition to a fantastic views right on the sand, the evening featured martinis flowing from the bar, hors d’oeuvres hosted by Starfish restaurant and mouth-watering deserts that looked like precious jewels. (Look, as long as the bubbly is flowing you’ll have no complaints from this Food Stalker).

Presented by Newport Lexus and chaired by Molly Zurflueh, the residence was transformed into a unique venue filled with more than 250 ladies who shopped, sipped cocktails and supported the Boys & Girls Club. In the “House of Pampering,” guests enjoyed massages, makeup applications and aura readings as they took in beautiful ocean views and admired live models sporting fashions from South Coast Plaza boutiques. A silent auction showcased local items and a live auction featured a chance to win an eight-day getaway to Casas de las Brisas in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The live auction was full of excitement with women raising their paddles for this worthy cause. The money will go toward the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach’s after-school programs.

A little background: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Laguna Beach has been serving the children and families of our community for over half a century. Since inception, they have provided a positive place for children and teens during their off-school hours and remain in the forefront of youth development for all children regardless of their background or socio-economic status. I recall sending our youngest son Ryan when he was in elementary school and he loved all the activities. In the face of many cutbacks in public spending for critically needed youth programs our Club’s success has been maintained through a strong commitment to access and service delivery. The Club membership has grown from 250 in the late 1970’s to serving 2,000 members in 2014.

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach has a strong standing in the community and is one of the leading nonprofit agencies in Laguna Beach. I am inspired by this generous group of women who come together in community to make the future brighter for our children. Rockstars!

Special thanks to Girls Night Out host Holly Wilson for opening your heart and home, VP of Events Paula Arnold and to all the Sponsors who gave so generously: Newport Lexus, Ashwill Investments, State Street Foundation, Starfish, Savee Couture, Addison Taylor Fine Jewelry, Mystic Nail Lustre, Montage Laguna Beach, Wilson Automotive, Golden Door, Disneyland, ARIA, The Ranch 4.0, Surf N Sand, Inn at Laguna Beach, St Regis, Sisley, LUCY, OUT Incorporated, Mi PLace, The Beach House, Fetneh Blake, Neiman Marcus, Tommy Bahamas, Rococo, Seaside Soles, Thompson Therapy, Leslie Cunningham, Surf City Photo Booth, Natalie Griepp and Multi-Media artist Deborah Paswaters for her artistic painted women and everyone who volunteered and donated items.

With an Italian background, she cites her Mother and grandmother ( Mamie ) as the major influence of her love for food.  Yes, homemade pasta hung from the clothesline in the kitchen and rolling 100 meat balls for a holiday dinner was the norm.  Raised in Pennsylvania. she spent time in Atlanta, Georgia and ultimately settled along the stunning coast of Laguna Beach, Ca. Self taught in everything, she learned to appreciate the amazing flavors, scents and uses for exotic herbs and spices and applies her knowledge to cooking today. Despite enjoying other creative endeavors like painting, photography and clothing design, she realized she would never love another career the way she loves all the stories surrounding food.  And it's capturing those stories that has not only become her greatest passion but a culinary drug worth passing around!  After all, food is a shared experience and no one better to share it with than the entire world. And thus the Food Stalker was born, utilizing all that passion and her fearlessness to capture even the most impossible stories. It's one thing to write about food, but far more exciting to actually capture it and all those stories that make every scent come to life.  And once she sets out, there's no stopping her, because no one follows that scent better than her---and no telling where she'll end up next.  

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