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Puttin' on the Ritz

| February 16, 2015 | Parties

There’s a saying among the Women of Chapman: It isn’t the holidays until Christmas at The Ritz. Except this was the first year in 28 that there was no Ritz. So the committee, headed by Adrienne Brandes and Donna Bianchi, superbly re-created the setting of the beloved Newport Beach restaurant in the ballroom of the Island Hotel—right down to the famous Ritz Egg. The 405 luncheon guests took chances on opportunity drawings (shopping sprees, getaways, even a string of Tahitian pearls), and at the end of the day, the group had raised more than $223,000 for Chapman University programs. And that made for a very happy holiday. –Photos by Tony Lattimore and Peggy O’Donnell


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