If you receive my monthly newsletter, you’re probably familiar with a column that I do called “Bart’s Picks”. I decided to bring that to my blog this month, to talk about one of my favorite places to dine, relax, and have business meetings: Center Club Orange County.
Way back in the early 90s, I was invited to meeting at Center Club and remember being overly impressed. So, I joined and became a member back in 1994. Since then, the club has gone through a major renovation; a reinvention, actually. This isn’t your father’s club that you may remember…since the reinvention of the club, you’ll find the décor to be sophisticated and elegant; think Jonathan Adler. And, the vibe is energetic and modern.
It’s a wonderful, Impressive, comfortable, inviting place to have meetings or to bring family and friends. Some of the features I love are the communal tables for networking, small dining tables with leather club chairs for more intimate meals, and the chic, smaller meeting rooms.
Over the years, I have enjoyed the club so much that I have become much more involved. I now lead the Culinary Group and sit on the Board of Governors for the club. I am also a sponsor for this year’s Charity Classic event: Hops & Vines; it’s a great fundraising event that happens annually, to benefit local charities in Orange County.
I am proud to help sponsor this event for multiple reasons, but the top reason is that I fully believe in and support the philanthropic efforts of Center Club, and the organizations that are the beneficiaries. This year’s beneficiaries are Augie's Quest, Employee Partner Care Foundation, and Working Wardrobes. If you miss this year’s event, make plans to attend next year for sure; you won’t be disappointed!
It’s hard to quantify the benefits of a club like this one, but being a member of the Center Club has enriched my life in many ways. Above all I am thankful for the relationships and friendships I have made through the club — these are friendships that will last a lifetime both inside and outside of Center Club.
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