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Thanks to luxury jeweler Lugano Diamonds, underwriters and sponsors for Court Appointed Special Advocates’ (CASA) upcoming Black & White Ball were invited to an elegant party at its Newport Beach location. With assistance from Linda Young’s Elite OC Productions, guests entered a beautiful white tent just outside the Lugano Diamonds showroom, where tulips of champagne were offered and lounge seating on modern white leather and chrome furniture was provided, while a talented pianist tickled the ivories on a baby grand piano. With the stunning black banded contemporary chandeliers sparkling, guests donated a bottle of wine to the Black & White Ball’s wine auction and those so inclined enjoyed the cigar bar, cutting their own cigars and enjoying a smoke outside.

Once inside the elegant Lugano Diamonds surroundings, located on the bottom floor of the multi-tiered high-rise, guests were greeted by Lugano Diamond’s owners Moti and Idit Ferder. While marveling at  the magnificent jewelry, the partygoers enjoying a delicious assortment of Asian-inspired cuisine, catered by the Island Hotel. The Peking Duck was a particular favorite, as well as the chicken and beef skewers and the handmade-on-the-spot sushi by an accompanying sushi chef. Desserts of fruit tarts, bite-size cheesecake, chocolate confections, and more, satisfied everyone’s sweet tooth. A full bar offered guests their choice of drinks, and the William Cole Vineyards in Napa Valley offered a wine tasting, as well as providing its highly-rated wines for the party. Lugano’s walk-in vault was quite the draw, as guests enjoyed lounging in it, while a gifted guitarist provided background music.

Larry Wilson, CASA’s Black & White Ball Advocate of the Year, spoke about his love for CASA, and CASA board of director members Ted Nark and Mark Steiman acknowledged CASA’s success in training advocates to serve as mentors for the community’s most severely abused, abandoned and neglected children. Lugano Diamonds’ Vice President Stuart Winston’s gracious remarks touched all as he reiterated the jeweler’s commitment to supporting the nonprofit. Among those deeply touched were the Black & White Ball’s chairs Wendy Tenebaum and Lourdes Nark.

Photos courtesy of Teresa Taylor

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