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Christmas at The Ritz has earned a reputation as the kick-off event of the holiday season for social Orange County for over 30 years. Not to be sidelined by restrictions caused by the Coronavirus, 2020’s Christmas at The Ritz was held virtually and was referred to as Christmas at The Ritz From Home. Thanks to the amazing committee, generous underwriters and enthusiastic online bidders, the event was a wonderful success!

The beauty of being virtual is that the program can be enjoyed again and again! You may watch the program here.

Christmas at The Ritz is Women of Chapman’s premier and sole fundraising event and has been an Orange County tradition since 1986. This glamorous and festive holiday luncheon was previously held each December at The Ritz Restaurant in Newport Beach, until its closure. The Ritz tradition has carried on at the Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach, and still features the same special menu as the old venue, but provides a much larger space to socialize and ring in the holiday season.

A highlight of the event each year is the opportunity drawing, which has been described by media outlets as possibly the most lavish charity raffle on the Orange Coast with prices valued in the thousands of dollars. Opportunity prizes are generously donated by some top OC boutiques, jewelers and vendors, including David Yurman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's, Lugano Diamonds and Neiman Marcus.

Funds raised through Christmas at The Ritz From Home  provided the Women of Chapman an immediate opportunity to directly support the university and its students. The group honored its pledges to Chapman’s Keck Center for Science and Engineering and to the Harry & Diane Rinker Health Science Campus; but this year, was also able to support the CU Safely Back Fund, which meets the university’s most pressing pandemic needs, and provides immediate scholarship and financial aid for students and families in crisis. 

Many of the traditional donors noted above contributed items for this virtual format, along with many more new and exciting items from generous donors that made for wonderful holiday gifts! The list of items is still online and can provide a taste of what could come next year.

The hard-working CAR Committee is already planning the 35th Annual Christmas at The Ritz to be held at the Balboa Bay Resort on Saturday, December 11, 2021. Mark the date on your calendar now as you won’t want to miss the grand celebration!


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