Orange County Volunteers in Multiple Sclerosis celebrated a glitzy "Nuit au Casino" Saturday, gathering for a good time and an occasion to honor one of their own.
Though the invitations said black tie optional, VIMS supporters were in tux and glittering gowns without exception. Even the guest of honor, Claire McNair, unwittingly chose a beautiful red beaded dress that matched the gala theme color perfectly.
Nearly 320 guests gathered first in the atrium of the Newport Beach Marriott for cocktails, then ascended to the ballroom, which was festooned with balloons trailing glittery tinsel tails above the red satin table tops.
Before the buffet lines began forming, VIMS supporters Bob Guggenheim and Jack Kelly stood to say a few words about McNair, who was instrumental in the founding of VIMS and has since been diagnosed as having MS.