The young and the businesslike gathered at South Coast Plaza's Crystal Court on Thursday to bid a formal how-do to the new year.
Well-dressed (black ties and slinky gowns) and well-behaved (waiting peacefully in hourlong lines to get their pictures taken), more than 800 members and guests of the Center 500--a support group for the Orange County Performing Arts Center--filled the tony shopping mall for "A Classic Evening of Rhythm and Blues."
A classy evening of restraint and Moet et Chandon was more like it--until the James Harman Band kicked off a rollicking set at the midnight hour.
The bash was the brainchild of Anton Segerstrom, Henry's 30-year-old son and operations manager of Crystal Court. Between firm handshakes and gentle hugs, the popular Segerstrom fils, wearing an ultra-hip porcelain clip on his bolo tie, turned a smile to the press and said: "Please don't ask me any hard questions tonight. I worked until 7 (p.m.), went home for, oh, about an hour, and now I'm back here again. My mind is like Swiss cheese!"