Christmas Giving, Newport Style!

We’re less than two weeks away from Christmas and if you haven’t caught the spirit of giving bug by now, well, “Bah Humbug, to you!” Living in Newport is already a blessing, and being able to enjoy the holiday season with gorgeous weather and views of sunsets over the ocean is just the sugar-free icing on top of our low-calorie, gluten-free fruitcake. But with wildfires burning to the north and the south, many Californians aren’t having as jolly a season as the rest of us.

So leave it to the Ladies of OCCH to step up and provide some much-needed relief to those suddenly finding themselves in need. The Persian Barbie of Newport Coast, Farah Flagg, tapped into the roots of her community (after touching up those on her bombshell blonde head) and hosted a fundraiser this past Saturday. Held at husband Bryce’s Versace styled mansion, Farah sought to raise money for her Iranian brothers and sisters displaced by fires threatening the poor, disadvantaged one-percenters of Bel Air. It was catered by her favorite Persian restaurant/grocery store and, though new to the OC charitable circuit, the latest Mrs. Flagg garnered last-minute jewelry, fashion, accessory and service donations from her favorite boutiques and businesses for a silent auction. Even Majeed Javaheri’s Instagram entrepreneur wife, Lily Roma, was there with her $40 Lily Lip Kits. But instead of auctioning them off, Lily set up an actual sales booth and offered a 20% discount with a portion of proceeds going to the cause. Some wondered aloud what percent would actually make it to those in need, to which a guest a guest could be overheard doubting any money would go to charity considering the couple’s ongoing tax woes.

To keep the spirit of giving going alive, the following day, Clarice Fernandez and Juliette Stamp partnered to co-host a brunch at Santiago’s, benefitting the horse community ravaged by the San Diego fires. Clarice’s children, Ariela and Dani, accomplished equestrians along with Juliette’s son Cruz, also donated their time to help serve guests. The fashionable duo even forked over their tips to the cause. And I’m sure Cruz would have been eager to do the same if he were actually there. But hey, weekend furloughs from rehab are hard to come by!


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