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.