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Holiday at the Harbor - December 21, 2019

Story by Monica Asbury
Photos by
Monica Asbury & Jim Stroms

 

 

Glistening green and blue lights greeted OCR Members as they entered the harbor on their way to the Dana Point Yacht Club for the Annual Banquet, Holiday at the Harbor.

 

A capacity crowd enjoyed cocktail hour by socializing and viewing over 45 Silent Auction items that were generously donated by members, advertisers and our sponsor, Circle Porsche. Bidding wars apparent with pens feverishly being exchanged with members trying to outbid another for the cherished prize! Many members were seen lurking and stalking their treasures!


Once the dinner bell rang, President Barry Michaels opened the event with a brief business update then onward to a delicious buffet. Monica Asbury provided Holiday and Porsche trivia and ‘mementos for winners! Once dinner commenced, three impartial dessert judges were pulled from the audience, Dan Ross, Barry Malone and Nicholas Lopez. While the judges struggled with their decision, they finally awarded First Place to Pam Gray for her Flourless Espresso Cake, Second Place to Sherri Graybehl for her Bourbon Pecan Pie and Third Place to Monica Asbury for Cherries in the Snow. However, all contestants deserved to win as their entries were spectacular!


As the final countdown for the Silent Auction came to a suspenseful conclusion, $14,397 was collected and due to a special “Double Down for Veterans” Semper Fi Foundation, our collection was matched for a total donation of $28,794! What a blessing! A heartfelt thanks to our member, who wishes to remain anonymous, who donated $10,000 to kick start our Semper Fi contribution. He truly is an inspiration.

 

This story and photos can be found in the February 2020 Pando on pages 8-11

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