About 200 people got to wander through an opulent beachfront home in Emerald Bay on Saturday--light years from the alleys of urban Orange County--to raise more than $10,000 for the homeless.
While the obvious draw for the $65-a-person champagne brunch and fashion show was a tour of the multimillion-dollar home of builder Alfred A. Baldwin, chock-full of priceless artifacts and contemporary art, the sponsor of the event, Catholic Charities of Orange County, made every effort to downplay the contrast of luxury in service to poverty.
Catholic Charities' responsibility, said Sister Kristan Schlichte, standing on the sunlit patio, is to care for those who are "poor, suffering, in pain and in trouble."
Models Were Volunteers
All of the food was donated, and most of the fashion models were volunteers.
The diocese's homeless project focuses on those people completely without resources.
"Every cent goes to the totally homeless," said Helen Hawkins, a board member of Catholic Charities' homeless project, and a Baldwin neighbor. "Anyone who lives in Emerald Bay has a lot to give thanks for."