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Volume 7, Issue 50  |  June 24, 2022


Newport Beach Annual Mayor’s Dinner, an evening of fanfare, recognition

Photos by Bob Ortiz

On Thursday, May 19, the 40th Annual Mayor’s Dinner was held at the new VEA Newport Beach, formerly the Newport Beach Marriott & Spa, with hundreds gathered on the new event lawn then proceeding into the ballroom for a memorable evening of festivities. The event was presented by Speak Up Newport (SUN), with a warm welcome by its president, Ed Selich.

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Newport Beach City Council Candidate Robyn Grant and SUN President Ed Selich

Master of Ceremonies was KCAL 9 and CBS 2 Orange County reporter and Newport Beach resident, Michele Gile, who introduced the invocation given by Rabbi Reuven Mintz from Chabad Center for Jewish Life followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Newport Beach Fire Chief Jeff Boyles with the assistance of the Newport Beach Police Department Color. Debbie Snavely, general manager of VEA Newport Beach, also shared welcoming remarks.

Newport Beach Annual Mayor s Snavely and Gile

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(L-R) VEA Newport Beach General Manager and Master of Ceremonies Michele Gile at the podium addressing the evening’s attendees

In attendance were city, county and state dignitaries, councilmembers and council candidates, police and fire first responders and personnel, city staff from various departments including the city manager, members of the NMUSD board of trustees, philanthropists, community and civic leaders/groups, and interested residents and business people. The 15 mayors, past and present who were in attendance, were honored together on stage.

Newport Beach Annual Mayor s Boyles Avery

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(L-R) Newport Beach Fire Chief Jeff Boyles with Julie Avery and Newport Beach Councilmember Brad Avery

Newport Beach Annual Mayor s Gallagher Dixon

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James Gallagher, California Assembly Minority Leader and Newport Beach Councilmember Diane Dixon

Newport Beach Annual Mayor s O Neills

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Newport Beach Councilmember Will O’Neill and his wife, Jennifer

Newport Beach Annual Mayor s Weigands

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NMUSD Board of Trustee Area 6 Krista Wiegand and husband Erik Weigand, NB Planning Commissioner and Newport Beach City Council Candidate

One of the highlights of the evening was the State of the City Address by Newport Beach Mayor Kevin Muldoon. In addition, Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District made a special presentation recognizing Speak Up Newport’s 40th Annual Mayor’s Dinner.

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Newport Beach Mayor Kevin Muldoon delivers his State of the City Address

Newport Beach Annual Mayor s Brenner and Tift

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Newport Beach Councilmember Joy Brenner and Tom Tift

Newport Beach Annual Mayor s Bloms

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Newport Beach Councilmember Noah Blom and his wife, Marin

Newport Beach Annual Mayor s Harps

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Newport Beach City Attorney Aaron Harp and his wife, Lori

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Newport Beach Community Development Director Seimone Jurjis and his wife, Mylene

The total raised at the dinner including matches was $23,000, earmarked for scholarships to seniors at Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar high schools through the Speak Up Newport Scholarship Foundation. Underwriters, SUN board of directors, in addition to dinner co-chairs Debra Allen, Kathy Harrison and Joe Stapleton, were recognized.

Newport Beach Annual Mayor s Stapleton

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Newport Beach City Council Candidate and Mayor’s Dinner Co-chair Joe Stapleton and Julie Jacobs

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Lido House General Manager Andre Bose and Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Steve Rosansky 

Newport Beach Annual Mayor s Table

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Newport Beach’s movers and shakers pose together at Table 8

Newport Beach Annual Mayor s Mayors

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Newport Beach Mayors, past and present, honored at the 40th Annual Mayor’s Dinner

Check out more photos of the 40th Annual Mayor’s Dinner below

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