The Red Ribbon 100, the women's advisory council to the Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross, brought out 400 guests to Tuesday night's "Showboat Champagne Fest '86," an evening of "sipping and savoring Southern style."
Co-chairs of the event, Olivia Johnson and Wanda Cobb, welcomed the unexpected sales of tickets at the door of the Reuben E. Lee.
"It must have been the brands that were featured," said Johnson.
More than 40 top wineries donated sparkling wines, cognacs and ports in support of the fund-raiser. Among them were Dom Perignon, Laurent Perrier, Louis Roederer, Moet & Chandon, Taittinger, Mumms and Perrier Jouet.
A special tasting of Louis XIII cognac and Piper Heidsieck's Piper Rare, accompanied by caviar, was held in the Wheelhouse of the restaurant. Because of the limited space of the room, guests made reservations for the tasting, conducted by Charles DePoix, executive vice-president of Piper Heidsieck.