Romance of the Mission Benefit Gala

Save the Date! Friday, September 18, 2015

“Romance of the Mission” Benefit Gala Sold Out!
A record breaking 500 guests will attend on Friday, September 18th
Mailed responses that have not yet been received will be placed on a waiting list by post mark date.

On Friday, September 18, 2015, the Mission Preservation Foundation will host the twelfth annual Romance of the Mission benefit gala honoring Bette and Wylie Aitken for their significance and long support of the Historic Mission.  This year’s concert in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church is “That’s Life” – “A Toast to Sinatra on His 100th Birthday.”  The magical evening continues with a candlelight dinner in the Central Courtyard hosted by the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.  Proceeds from the evening will go toward the completion of Phase III of the Sala Preservation Project.  Underwriting, reservations and ticket payment information available.

Contact Barb Beier at (949) 234-1323 or email


Celebrating Honorary Chairs Bette and Wylie Aitken
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Scott Coulter                 Lee Lessack                          John Boswell  

“That’s Life” A Toast to Frank Sinatra on His 100th Birthday

“Ol’ Blue Eyes, “The Voice,” “The Chairman of the Board” — Call him what you want there’s no denying the legacy of Frank Sinatra. He was the voice of generation and one of the greatest entertainers of all time.

“That’s Life!” celebrates the hit songs that took him from crooner to swinger to icon: “Strangers in the Night,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Summer Wind,” “Let’s Fall in Love,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “I’ve Got the World on a String,” “All the Way,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “My Way,” “New York, New York” and more! Join three of NY’s top vocalists as they pay musical homage to the man, the myth, the legend…..Frank Sinatra.


Record-Setting Romance of the Mission Benefit Gala

Mission Preservation Foundation’s 2014 Romance of the Mission benefit gala was attended by a record 480 guests and set another record with net proceeds at an estimated $260,000. Highlights included a stunning concert by Broadway star David Burnham in the ruins of the Great Stone Church and a ceremony honoring El Viaje de Portolá for their extensive support of Mission Preservation efforts. All proceeds will further the preservation of historic Mission San Juan Capistrano including phase two of the historic Sala building conservation.

After social hour in the Mission’s beautiful front gardens, Mission San Juan Capistrano Executive Director Mechelle Lawrence Adams was joined by Mission Preservation Board President George O’Connell to welcome guests and recognize El Viaje de Portolá represented by El Presidente Tony Gregory.

During her opening remarks Lawrence Adams said, “Tonight we gather to take part in an evening of elegance and purpose of raising awareness and funds to protect and preserve this California landmark. We celebrate 11 years since our first concert in the ruins of the Great Stone Church. Back then hosting an event like this evening was a dream and a risk and today it is a tradition.”

Burnham’s concert was both moving and energetic, featuring a variety of Broadway hits and classics including a moving rendition of an event tradition, When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano.

For more information about the benefit gala or Mission Preservation Foundation, contact Barb Beier at (949) 234-1323 or email

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Romance of the Mission
Romance of the Mission 2014
Concert Artist, David Burnham

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Romance of the Mission
Romance of the Mission 2014
Honoring the riders of El Viaje de Portolá

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Ritz Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

The Montana Sporting Club

The Montana Sporting Club

Roberto Coin Boutique
Roberto Coin Boutique