What's It All About?

An Event 100 Years in the Making

This once-in-a-lifetime event will celebrate Laguna Art Museum’s one hundred year legacy in grand style featuring cuisine by Chef Ben Martinek of Studio, joined by chefs Amar Santana and Craig Strong, dancing, and world-class entertainment.

Guests will be treated to a voyage through major milestones in California art, starting with the historical California painters of the early 1900s such as William Wendt, Anna Hills, and Edgar Payne. Dinner will be infused with the aesthetics of modernist works by artists such as Helen Lundeberg and John McLaughlin. Finally, we will dance the night away under the influence of the light and space movement, exemplified by artists such as Peter Alexander, Lita Albuquerque and James Turrell.

The evening’s entertainment will include celebrity MCs Chuck Henry and Fritz Coleman; music by The Gatsbys, The Tony Guerrero Quintet and special guests, and Soulcirque; and a performance by the anonymous artists The Bumbys.

Your support of this event will directly benefit the museum’s mission of providing a cultural and artistic center, art education for all ages, acclaimed exhibitions, and excellent programming to the community for the next 100 years.

  • For information on tickets and table sponsorship opportunities please click here.
  • For more information on ticket and tables sponsorships, please email Sarah Strozza or call 949.494.8971 x219.

The Cuisine

About Chef Benjamin Martinek

Benjamin Martinek is the chef de cuisine of Studio, Montage Laguna Beach’s highly recognized signature restaurant. With over 10 years of experience at award-winning restaurants, resorts, and hotels, Martinek oversees all culinary operations for Studio. Over the last seven years, he has served on Montage Laguna Beach’s culinary team as a cook at Studio, executive sous chef at The Loft, and then as sous chef at Studio. Previously, Martinek worked as chef de partie at Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel and at Cortez and Jardinière, both in San Francisco. He holds an associate degree from California Culinary Academy, Le Cordon Bleu, San Francisco.

About Chef Amar Santana

In 2012, Chef Amar Santana opened his widely successful flagship restaurant, Broadway By Amar Santana in Laguna Beach. His delicious menu includes unexpected flavors and artful presentations, reflecting his zeal for food and life. Santana has garnered countless praise-worthy articles and acclaim, among them: Orange Coast Magazine’s Top Ten Chef’s of 2012; OC Metro’s Best Chef’s in Orange County; OC Weekly’s Best Restaurant of 2012; and, a place on the Open Table Hottest Restaurant List.

About Chef Craig Strong

Craig Strong is Chef and Owner of Ocean at Main, the culmination of over 20 years of distinguished experience. The restaurant will open in Laguna Beach this fall with chef-driven, seasonally changing dishes that highlight pristine ingredients. Chef Strong was the executive chef for nine years at Studio at Montage Laguna Beach, where he helped the restaurant garner Five Stars from Forbes. Previously, under Chef Strong’s helm, the now-called The Langham Huntington in Pasadena earned a Michelin star for two consecutive years. Earlier in his career, Strong cheffed at The Arts Hotel in Barcelona and The Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead, Georgia, and served as sous chef at Glitretind Restaurant at Stein Erikson Lodge in Deer Valley, Utah. He studied at L’Academie de Cuisine in Washington, D.C.


Art Cart

Art Cart Raffle

Enter now for a chance to win the Art Cart, custom-painted by renowned LA artist Kenny Scharf!

2018 Polaris GEM e4 (delivered by Cart Mart)
+ $17,000 value
+ Premium comfort with seating for 4
+ Street legal up to 35 mph
+ 14” polished aluminum high profile wheels and rims
+ Locking trunk back with 100lb capacity
+ And more!

Enter now for your chance to win!
Raffle tickets $100 each

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  • Watch Kenny Scharf customize this Polaris GEM with the KARBOMBZ! treatment on September 16!
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Honorable Mentions

Centennial Ball Committees

Centennial Ball Committee

Kathleen Abel,
Deborah Engle,

Wendy Aird
Rick Balzer
Susan Davis
Amy Fulford

Vanessa Helin
Lucetta Kallis
Suzanne Mellor
Marisa Robbins

Laura Rohl
Kristin Samuelian
Ann Wareham
Leslie Weaver

Centennial Executive Committee

Susie Gordinier,
Betsy Jenkins,

Kathleen Abel
Rick Balzer
Deborah Engle
Jane Hanauer

Vanessa Helin
Janice Johnson
Michele Monda
Chris Quilter

Laura Rohl
Lester Savit
Jasmine Shodja

Diamond Sponsors


Platinum Sponsors

Cody and Deborah Engle
Jane and Joe Hanauer
Greg and Barbara MacGillivray
Marisa and Stephen Robbins

Lou and Laura Rohl
South Coast Plaza
Thomas B. Stiles II and Barbara Alexander

Gold Sponsors

Ranney and Priscilla Draper
Jim and Lisa Hale
Robert and Nadine Hall
Paul and Sara Heeschen
Gary and Betsy Jenkins

Jeff and Carla Meberg
Peter and Gail Ochs
Steven and Kristin Samuelian
Ann Quilter and Chris Quilter

Silver Sponsors

Rick Balzer and Lyn Burke
Donnie Crevier and Laurie Kraus
Chuck and Nancy Fry
Samuel and Pamela Goldstein
Susie and Rich Gordinier
Heather and Paul Haaga
Kelsey Michaels Fine Art
Deborah and David Lake
Julie Laughton
Danny and Jeri McKenna
Margot and Mitchell Milias
Mission Hospital Foundation
Emil and Michele Monda
Dr. Zein Obagi

Lauren and Richard Packard
Diana and Michael Rapport
Teddie Ray
Joni Rehnborg
Al Roberts
Teddie Ray
Salt Fine Art
Jasmine Shodja
Sue Greenwood Fine Art
Keith Swayne
Marnie and Brett Wall
Keiko Sakamoto and Bill Witte
Lizanne and Matthew Witte
George and Susie Wood

Patron Sponsors

Judith and Doug Anderson
Pam Banks
Edward Bayuk
Curt Biddulph and Karen Lutomski
Dennis and Choo Choo Boyer
Bob and Recky Brannon
Yasuko and John Bush
Irmelin DeCaprio
Frank Dubey
Henry and Janet Eggers
Amy and Rick Fulford
Robert Hayden III and Rick Silver
Richard and Stacie Immesberger
Jakosky Properties
Eric Jessen
Janice Johnson
Lucetta Kallis
Robin and Steve Kalota
Matt and Mary Lawson

Judy McKay
Tiare and Patrick Meegan
Lindy Narver
Mary and Jon Nord
Ted and Suzanne Paulson
Michael Ray
Domini and Enrique Rodriguez
Nathan Rosenberg and Karen Huber
Keitha Russell
Tracy Schroeder
Daniel and Francine Scinto
Morris and Stephany Skenderian
John and Rachel Stanaland
Diane Stovall
Jennifer Van Bergh
Bob and Kirsten Whalen
Doug and Karen Wilson
Jennifer Yelland

Community Business Partners

Event Sponsors

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