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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 carries on today at Island Hotel, adjacent to Fashion Island 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.

Christmas at The Ritz has earned a reputation as the kick-off event of the holiday season for social Orange County. The exclusive event, which sells out quickly every year, will celebrate its 30th anniversary on December 10, 2016, with projected net proceeds to be in excess of $300,000 for Chapman University.

A highlight of the event each year is the raffle 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. Raffle prizes are generously donated by some top OC boutiques, jewelers and vendors including David Yurman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's, Fendi, Lugano Diamonds and Neiman Marcus.

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+ - A Message from the Christmas at The Ritz Chair

Our 30th annual “Christmas at The Ritz” will take place at the stunning Island Hotel in the main ballroom. Although we are all still missing The Ritz, this gives us an opportunity to have more Chapman supporters in attendance and a better forum for our presenters. It will also make the raffle drawing more fun for all to see who’s winning the fabulous prizes we work so hard all year to gather.

We are doing all we can to stick to our traditions, including serving the “Ritz egg” and having our carolers and Santa Claus there to entertain you. Neiman Marcus, Fashion Island will present our jewels and fashions. Ooh la la!

Pease join us on December 10, 2016 and support our pledges to Chapman’s Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts, the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts' Digital Media Arts Center and our newest pledge to the Center for Science and Technology.

The cost for the four course luncheon is $250 and again, we’re encouraging members to invite new friends to join us this year as we have plenty of fabulous seats! The Island Hotel is also offering us a special package deal to stay the night at a reduced rate that also includes a $100 food/spa credit. What a wonderful way to bring in the Christmas spirit. We look forward to seeing you!

If you have any questions, would like an invitation, or would like to arrange for a special table via underwriting, please contact me at donnabunce14@gmail.com.

Donna Bunce
Chair, 30th Annual Christmas at The Ritz

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