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On this episode, host Rick Howick welcomes Kimberly Jetton to our studios in the Tower of Hope, on the campus of Christ Cathedral. Kimberly is the Executive Director of the Orange Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Orange. Today, she’ll share with us about the upcoming Orange Catholic Foundation Gala 2022 – “A Night of Country Under the Stars.” The gala’s special appeal will benefit retired priests in the Diocese of Orange.

In addition to honoring previous OC Catholic Radio guest Dr. Vincent Nguyen; the evening’s entertainment will be provided by none other than Gary LeVox, lead vocalist from the popular country group Rascal Flatts!




Originally broadcast on 3/12/22


Mission Preservation Foundation’s 2018 benefit gala will feature NBC’s America’s Got Talent star and youngest-ever solo platinum artist Jackie Evancho. Held on the grounds of historic Mission San Juan Capistrano on Sept. 14, the gala will support mission preservation efforts while honoring longtime supporters Madeline and James Irvine Swinden. 

A benefit gala highlight is a performance in The Great Stone Church by American classical crossover artist Jackie Evancho. The singer gained global recognition since she first appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent at just 10 years of age. Now 18, she has released a string of platinum and gold albums with U.S. sales of over 2.5 million. 

“I’m so happy to be performing at the Mission San Juan Capistrano – it is so beautiful and I get great inspiration from singing in such a special place,” said Evancho. 

Madeline and James Irvine Swinden have long supported the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano as devoted advocates of the arts, education and health sciences. Madeline co-founded the Friends of the Mission in 1996, is the founding chair of the benefit gala and has served on the Mission Preservation Foundation board for many years.  

“The Mission Preservation Foundation unanimously supported the recommendation of Board President George O’Connell to honor the Swindens for their long-standing involvement, leadership, and generosity. Together, they have truly worked for Mission San Juan Capistrano’s successful preservation and furthered its appreciation as a place of inspiration to the arts. For over 20 years, the couple remains committed to ensure that inspiration and education is celebrated for generations to come,” says Mission San Juan Capistrano’s Executive Director Mechelle Lawrence Adams. 


The Island Hotel in Newport Beach was the site of the Ruby Gala, celebrating 40 years of providing support and resources to more than 6,000 expectant mothers in need in Orange County.

Some 350 supporters attended the Oct. 21 event and the nonprofit raised more than $200,000 that will fuel the support services Casa Teresa provides to mothers and their babies. The residential program offers welcoming shelter, educational and training programs and helps women become independent and self-supporting.

“It was an amazing event. We were thrilled to celebrate with our Casa Teresa family of donors, supporters and volunteers. We were deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support and are so excited for what lies ahead in 2017,” said Lisa Wood, Casa Teresa CEO.

Sponsors include Regina and Richard Hunsaker, the J.W. and Sandra L. Mitchell Charitable Fund and a host of other patrons.



On a warm Friday evening in September, more than 450 supporters of the Mission San Juan Capistrano opened their hearts and their wallets at the annual Romance of the Mission benefit gala to raise funds for the Mission Preservation Foundation, the entity that provides much-needed financial support to restore and maintain the historic mission. The event brought in $550,000, with net proceeds totaling $236,000.

The evening included a concert by season XIV “American Idol” finalist Clark Beckham. Honored at the event was longtime community partner The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

Beckham’s explosive performance spanned several musical genres including renditions of Georgia, Hallelujah duet with vocalist Chanelle Ray and a benefit gala tradition, When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano.

“Performing in the sacred grounds of the Ruins of The Great Stone Church was the greatest honor of my life,” commented Beckham following the concert.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel was recognized for its unwavering support of the Mission’s preservation efforts over the course of the benefit gala’s 13 years. Mission Preservation Foundation board member and Ritz-Carlton General Manager Bruce Brainerd accepted the award presented by board chair George O’Connell.

Mission San Juan Executive Director Mechelle Lawrence Adams shared inspiring remarks during a short program prior to the concert: “As a new year of priorities, changes, challenges and opportunities will unfold before us, I believe the Romance of the Mission gala is the foundation from which we spring board to action and care… in the spirit of community and tradition we come together. To be mesmerized, swept away, inspired and reminded that beauty is right here in the center of historic downtown and that collectively you all have made the Mission what it is today.”

Official Mission bell ringer Nathan Banda rang the historic Mission bells to mark the end of the concert and to further celebrate the evening.

The elegant Spanish theme in bright colors of orange and pink was inspired by an image courtesy of the Irvine Museum Collection, Frank H. Myers (1899-1956) Fiesta in Old Monterey. The original painting was displayed in the Resurgam viewable to guests as they made their way from the concert into the Mission’s Central Courtyard where the Old Fiesta theme continued with one-of-a-kind décor of colorful lanterns overhead and tables set for a gourmet plated four-course candlelight dinner masterfully prepared and served by The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange Bishop Kevin Vann led the invocation prior to dinner. Later, guests raised their glasses in a toast to The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel and all past benefit gala honorees in attendance. An opportunity drawing featured a Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel get-a-way, Montana Sporting Club experience and an 18K white and rose gold diamond cross donated by Jean-Jacques Mamie Fine Jewelry.

Major underwriters included Microsemi, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Inn at the Mission, the O’Connell Family Foundation and EJ Tracy.


Mary’s Shelter hosted Celebrates The Gift of Life, the nonprofit organization’s annual gala on April 16. The gala attracted 215 guests and raised more than $145,000 to support its mission: to empower and equip vulnerable teen mothers and their babies for lives of dignity, hope and self-sufficiency.

“We are thrilled that so many Mary’s Shelter supporters, old and new, came out to enjoy our biggest event of the year, which featured live entertainment, gourmet cuisine, exciting auction prizes and a new video,” said Barbara Nelson, Mary’s Shelter executive director. Rev. Steven Sallot, Vicar General of the Diocese of Orange offered the invocation.

For more than 20 years, Mary’s Shelter has provided a loving home for young mothers and their babies who are homeless or from families in crisis. Mary’s Shelter provides a comprehensive program of residential care to these pregnant and parenting teens and their babies.

Collectively, the shelter has made it possible for pregnant teens to choose life, given a healthy start to over 400 babies and helped even more young girls put their lives on track for a healthy, hopeful and productive future.

To learn more about Mary’s Shelter call 714-730-0930; email [email protected] or visit