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IMG_3011Always one to come up with a fun party theme, this year’s Providence Speech and Hearing Center’s 47th annual gala, “Prom Night at Providence,” hit the mark! Many of the nearly 300 guests dressed in prom attire, including Julie Edwards from Laguna Niguel, who wore a crystal tiara, long dangly earrings and a sequinned pink sash to denote her prom court status. She said, “I knew I should have been on the prom court 20 years ago, and now I have my chance!”

Held at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, guests were greeted by the Mater Dei High School cheerleaders, offered signature cocktails – “Ricky Business Margarita” and “A Rebel Without a Cosmo” – and had an opportunity for a professional prom night photo. Once inside the ballroom, guests were wowed by the Montage GLEE Song and Dance Group from the Orange County School of the Arts, after which emcee Rick Fitts thanked event sponsors and PSHC Board President Bruce May recognized the board and prom night co-chairs Joan May, Robbie Nicoli and Jo-e Immel.

Auctioneer Dawn Marie Kotsonis revved up the bidding in the live auction, coaxing bids for a trip to Las Vegas, a villa at The Resort at Pelican Hill, a bowling party for 20 at the Concourse Bowling Center in Anaheim, an adorable puppy, and a luxury Corum timepiece. Following a riveting drum roll, the prom court was announced. King and queen honors went to Eve Brackmann and Eric Parent, with Dave and Shari Wensley, Cyndi and John Giovannone, and Linda and Alan Rahn sharing the court honors. The RamFunkshus band kept things lively playing music from all the decades, and an impressive $185,000 in net proceeds was garnered for the remarkable work Providence does in the community for comprehensive hearing services for children and adults.

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