The CHOC Cherishes Children Gala

| March 21, 2017 | Parties

The CHOC Cherishes Children Gala hit a high note with Alicia Keys and a $5.1 million fundraising tally.

THE PARTY You might not expect to see a Grammy Award-winning artist performing under a tent, but this was no ordinary pop-up—nor was it just any concert. This was a chic temporary venue created by Monarch Beach Resort—one large enough to accommodate nearly 1,000 guests and grand enough for a show by Alicia Keys. The reason? The CHOC Cherishes Children Gala, which raised $5.1 million.

THE GUESTS Co-chairs Stephanie Argyros and Gigi Kroll mingled with the VIPs: Susan Samueli was spotted among the A-list crowd, along with Beau and Brandee Bianchi, whose wines were poured at dinner.

THE HIGHLIGHTS This year’s Children’s Champion Award went to the Sharon D. Lund Foundation. But it was a live auction (a trip to French Polynesia sold for $36,000, and a Harry Winston diamond pendant and ring fetched $25,000) and a fund-the-need session that got the room buzzing. The latter drew donations ranging from $500 to $100,000, plus a $1 million gift from the Argyros Family Foundation. Yes, these were moments to cherish. -Tina Borgatta

Photos by Bob Hodson


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