Mad Hatter party for human rights
A group of Laguna businesses and residents will take part in the Orange County Chapter of Human Rights Campaign's Mad Hatter Garden Party at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at a Newport Coast estate, with Lorna Luft and Greg Louganis in attendance.
Laguna residents and HRC Federal Club co-chairs Dave Gibson and Catherine Reid, who will oversee the festivities, have invited Mark DePalma, owner of Mark's Restaurant, to provide a sunset dinner.
"I'm excited about our Mad Hatter theme," Gibson said. "Both conventional and creative types can participate"
Prizes will be awarded for best political, best garden, grandest, and best team hats. Ruben Flores, owner of Laguna Nursery, will create a surreal setting by installing 25 towering flower sculptures throughout the hilltop property.
Laguna Beach artist and auctioneer Mike Tauber will kick off the live auction with a pair of DaVinci Level passes, valued at $350 each, to the Festival of Arts Gala on Aug. 28. Winners will enjoy a VIP dinner and Pageant performance, hosted by Extra TV host Mario Lopez.