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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 17, 2021

Celebrating the Angels Among Us
Honoring Connie and Dr. Peter Spenuzza

6 O’CLOCK IN THE EVENING
Reception in the Mission Gardens
Enter through the Mission Gate House
26801 Ortega Highway

7 O’CLOCK IN THE EVENING
Concert in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church
Featuring Acclaimed Vocalist Loren Allred

CANDLELIGHT DINNER TO FOLLOW
Mission Central Courtyard
In Partnership with Inn at the Mission, San Juan Capistrano

EXTEND YOUR EXPERIENCE
Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano
Room packages available now at www.innatthemissionsjc.com using code YX1


The highly anticipated 2021 Romance of the Mission benefit gala is SOLD OUT! The Mission Preservation Foundation is thankful to everyone who reserved tickets and those that made underwriting pledges to support much needed conservation efforts.

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 or purchase an Opportunity Drawing ticket ($100 each) for a chance to win one of the items. Opportunity drawing tickets may be purchased by calling Brenda Mumma at (949) 234-1312

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.


2021 Romance of the Mission Honorees

The Mission Preservation Foundation congratulates and extends its most sincere appreciation and gratitude to

Connie and Dr. Peter Spenuzza

for their long-time generosity and goodwill benefitting Mission San Juan Capistrano at this year’s Romance of the Mission gala on Friday, September 17, 2021.

“We are very grateful to be recognized as the honorees and express our gratitude for all Mission supporters throughout the decades and especially this past year. Together we can insure that this remarkable California Landmark will continue to inspire future generations.”

Connie and Dr. Peter Spenuzza

Registry of “Romance of the Mission” Honorees

2019 Artist – Steve Tyrell
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


2021 Romance of the Mission Concert Artist

Acclaimed Vocalist Loren Allred

Loren Allred is an American singer, songwriter, pianist and actress who made her debut with the Platinum-selling song Never Enough from the musical soundtrack to The Greatest Showman. At the benefit gala, she’ll perform a variety of traditional, pop and Broadway standards in the Ruins of The Great Stone Church, circa 1806.

I am so thrilled to be performing at The Mission San Juan Capistrano, the Jewel of the Missions! They have done so much for the community of Orange County and tonight we return the favor!”

Loren Allred

Registry of “Romance of the Mission” Gala Concert Artists

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


2021 Opportunity Drawing

From Our Friends – Four Great Opportunities

Lugano Diamonds VALUE – $11,800
These classic Diamond Huggies are set in 18K Rose Gold and feature nearly four-and-a-half carats of Round Cognac Diamonds. 

Inn at the Mission, San Juan Capistrano
VALUE – $3,220

Includes a two night stay in a Villa, based on availability, complimentary valet parking,
One 50 minute spa treatment, dinner for two at Ysidora and breakfast in El Café Real.
*Restrictions apply

Jean-Jacques Mamie Fine Jewelry and The Swiss Connection
VALUE – $2,480

Cartier Tank Solo Quartz Watch with steel case, grained calfskin strap in black with double adjustable deployant buckle.

Buy My Bikes, San Juan Capistrano
VALUE – $1,400

His and Hers’ Electra Townie 7D EQ bikes


2021 Romance of the Mission Partners and Supporters

Event Partners

Opportunity Drawing Friends

Preferred Vendors


Underwriting and Sponsorships

Underwriting and sponsorships available for all events, for more information please contact Mechelle Lawrence Adams at (949) 234-1311 or email mlawrenceadams@missionsjc.com.

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