11th Annual Crystal Cove Alliance Gala

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DSC_3059-(ZF-1882-86730-1-021)Crystal Cove Alliance (CCA) supporters enjoyed a beautiful sunset at the nonprofit’s annual gala, held Sept. 28 on a bluff overlooking the shore. The sold-out event, Wish You Were Here, raised $285,000 and celebrated the best of historic Crystal Cove with fun, beach-inspired decor and entertainment. More than 420 attendees sipped mai tais, sampled hors d’oeuvres and bid on silent auction items—including drinks with CCA’s own president and CEO, Harry Helling—during a relaxing cocktail hour. A live band kept guests energized throughout dinner, which featured a four-course meal by The Resort at Pelican Hill and Montage Laguna Beach. Harry, along with Laura Davick, CCA founder and director of external affairs, welcomed guests and thanked special honorees Tricia and Michael Berns, who provided a $1 million gift to the organization earlier this year to support its efforts in the education, conservation and restoration of Crystal Cove. —A.H.

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