Pacific Symphony Hosts 2014 Gala BY THE SEA Tonight

Pacific Symphony Hosts 2014 Gala BY THE SEA Tonight

Hop on board the electric Red Car and escape down to the picturesque seaside of the turn of the last century for Pacific Symphony's 2014 Gala "By the Sea," a lavish evening of carnival fun, coastal delicacies, auction items and thrilling entertainment. To celebrate the orchestra's 35 years in Orange County, the Gala committee has designed a soirée reminiscent of the first boardwalks, Ferris wheels, bath houses and dance floors that lined California's beautiful coast. Taking place for the first time at the ocean-side Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa tonight, May 31, at 5:30 p.m., guests enjoy the shimmering views and fresh salt air as they stroll along "The Walk of a Thousand Lights" and test their skills in a host of carnival games and fun houses along the boardwalk. A romantic ride on the Ferris wheel awaits, as do a bevy of bathing beauties, sideshow entertainers and tempting carnival-inspired treats.

"This year's Gala takes its inspiration from the old seaside amusement parks that were built in the early 1900s in the beach-side towns of California," says Joann Leatherby, who serves as the Gala chair along with Greg Bates. "The Long Beach Pike, just up the road from the Huntington Beach Hyatt where we are hosting the event, was founded in 1902. With its Grand Bathhouse, Majestic Ballroom and Walk of a Thousand Lights, the Pike provided us with a theme that is both entertaining and elegant."

Adorned in blue and metallic art deco, the "Majestic Ballroom" opens at 6:45 p.m. for a gourmet feast of seaside cuisine, an exhilarating live auction and entertainment by Pacific Symphony musicians. The Ballroom was a favorite of many Big Bands of the time, so the Symphony wraps up the memorable evening with its favorite "Big Band," J.T. & Friends, courtesy of Symphony supporter, John Tu of Kingston Technology. Attire is black tie or formal art deco-era fashion, and valet is hosted. To RSVP (tables are $15,000-$100,000; individual seats are $1,000), please contact the special events department at (714) 876-2364 or

Leatherby, who is a dedicated Symphony board member with a long history of philanthropy in Orange County adds: "It's such a meaningful year for Pacific Symphony, as the orchestra celebrates its 35th season in Orange County! Therefore, it's so fitting for our Gala to celebrate some of what makes Orange County, with its access to the ocean and incredible weather, a wonderful home for such a world-class symphony."

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