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The most exclusive gala benefit hosted in Orange County every year. Features a pre-show hosted reception, extravagant entertainment in the Great Stone Church and the most romantic dinner setting display. Underwriting opportunities available.


Event Information

Friday, September 16, 2022

Celebrating Love Endures
Honoring Joan and Bill Cvengros

5:30 IN THE EVENING
Reception in the Mission Gardens
Enter through the Mission Gate House
26801 Ortega Highway

7:00 IN THE EVENING
Concert in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church
Featuring Two Spectacular Performers Coming Together for the Event of the Season!
Sydney James Harcourt and Vonzell Solomon

CANDLELIGHT DINNER TO FOLLOW
Mission Central Courtyard
In Partnership with Inn at the Mission, San Juan Capistrano.
Decor and design services generously given by Roger’s Gardens.

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TO GET INVOLVED BEFORE THE 2022 EVENT IS SOLD OUT:

1. Underwrite or attend the Underwriting Party on June 1:
Please contact Mechelle Lawrence Adams at (949) 234-1311 or email mlawrence-adams@missionsjc.com.

2. Purchase Opportunity Drawing tickets:
Please contact Brenda Mumma at (949) 234-1312 or email bmumma@missionsjc.com.

3. Join Waiting List for limited available tickets ($500 each):
Please contact Darlynn Kitcher at (949) 234-1308 or email dkitcher@missionsjc.com.

For those who are unable to attend the Romance of the Mission but still want to support the Mission, please consider making a one-time donation to support the preservation of California Landmark #200 at www.missionsjc.com/donate.

Ticket Policies

TICKET SALES FINAL
Ticket sales are final. Mission San Juan Capistrano is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. It requires immense effort and administration to process ticket orders. We are unable to accommodate refunds or exchanges. Thank you for your understanding.

EVENT CANCELLATION POLICY
Should there be conditions related to weather, rain, emergency or other conditions beyond control of Mission staff that should necessitate cancellation of the event, tickets will not be refunded. Please consider the cost of your tickets a charitable donation in support of Mission San Juan Capistrano, historic California landmark #200 and 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization #33-0833283.


2022 Romance of the Mission Honorees

Mission San Juan Capistrano Preservation Board of Directors proudly announces the 2022 Romance of the Mission benefit gala honorees:

Joan and Bill Cvengros

Bill Cvengros has served on the Mission’s Preservation Foundation Board for over 20 years. In his roles as secretary and audit chair, he has shared his expertise on ensuring the financial stability and transparency of the Mission. Joan has supported her husband in his efforts to serve the Mission. Together, they have made a lasting impact.

It’s an honor for Joan and I to be part of such a special place that brings my family – and others – back time and time again to create new memories that last a lifetime.”

Bill Cvengros

Bill is one of the truly good guys. He always cares and gives his best advice and insights that benefit the Mission San Juan Capistrano directly. We have been really lucky to have him as our audit chair as he has a keen financial mind and a great deal of experience in the business and nonprofit worlds. Along the way, we’ve always counted on Joan for supporting our efforts. The Pandemic has reminded us all, we need to take time to let people know they really matter. And in this case, Bill and Joan really do.”

George O’Connell, Mission Preservation Foundation President

Registry of “Romance of the Mission” Honorees

2021 – Connie and Dr. Peter Spenuzza
2019 – Carol and Don Dorkowski
2018 – Madeline and James Irvine Swinden
2017 – Sheila and James Peterson
2016 – The Ladies and Gentlemen of
               The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

2015 – Bette and Wylie Aitken
2014 – El Viaje de Portola
2013 – Mike Hagan

2012 – Jan and Honorable H. Warren Siegel
2011 – Reverend Msgr. Arthur A. Holquin
2010 – Gilbert G. Aguirre
2009 – Congresswoman Patricia Bates
2008 – Father O’Sullivan
2007 – EJ Tracy
2006 – General and Mrs. William Lyon
2005 – Richard J. O’Neill
2004 – Joan Irvine Smith


2022 Romance of the Mission Concert Artists

Featuring Two Spectacular Performers Coming Together for the Event of the Season!

About Sydney James Harcourt
Sydney James Harcourt is a grammy award-winner and sought after New York vocalist who has performed on some of the world’s finest concert stages including Radio City Music Hall and Carnegie Hall. He has appeared on and off-Broadway starring in productions like Disney’s “The Lion King” and most recently as an original company member of the Broadway phenomenon “Hamilton.”

About Vonzell Solomon
Vonzell Solomon is an internationally known singer, songwriter, producer, recording artist, model and actress and was second runner up on the hit television series “American Idol.” Her grace, elegance, vocal range and  electrifying performance wow fans all over the world. Vonzell has toured with a variety of shows ranging from American  Idol, Broadway, and more and is currently on tour with David Foster.

Registry of “Romance of the Mission” Gala Concert Artists

2021 Artist – Loren Allred
2019 Artist –
Steve Tyrell
2018 Artist – Jackie Evancho
2017 Artist – Heather Headley
2016 Artist – Clark Beckham
2015 Artist – Scott Coulter, Lee Lessack, John Boswell
2014 Artist – David Burnham
2013 Artist – Susan Egan
2012 Artist – Davis Gaines

2011 Artist – Rod Gilfry
2010 Artist – Robin Follman
2009 Artist – Benise
2008 Artist – Nyle Wolfe
2007 Artist – Nichael Amante Encore
2006 Artist – Melissa Manchester
2005 Artist – Michael Feinstein
2004 Artist – Michael Amante Returns


2022 Opportunity DrawingMore Details and Packages Coming Soon!

From Our Friends – Great Opportunities

Jewelry Heirloom Piece
VALUE – TBD
Details coming soon! 

Inn at the Mission, San Juan Capistrano
Stay and Play Package
VALUE – TBD

Details coming soon!


Presented by the Mission Preservation Board of Directors

George O’Connell, President
Wylie A. Aitken
Darren O. Aitken
Vicky Carabini
William Cvengros
Kerry Herbert
Reverend Monsignor J. Michael McKiernan, Pastor
Reverend Monsignor Arthur A. Holquin, Retired
Paul Mikos
Anthony R. Moiso, Founding President
Connie Spenuzza
EJ Tracy

2022 Gala Committee


Kerry Herbert
Vicky Carabini
Stacy Fitts
Mechelle Lawrence Adams
Daisy Funk
Laura Freese
Evonne Morton
Lisa Renee Baker
Laura Baratta


2022 Romance of the Mission Partners and Supporters

Event Partners

Kyle and Sylvia Franson

Official Wine Partner

Media Partner

Opportunity Drawing Friends

Preferred Vendors


Underwriting and Sponsorships

Underwriting and sponsorships available for Romance of the Mission, for more information please contact Mechelle Lawrence Adams at (949) 234-1311 or email mlawrence-adams@missionsjc.com.

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