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Virtual Gala Benefiting Alzheimer’s Research

Thank you for your interest in the 11th Annual A December to Remember Gala benefiting Alzheimer's research at the University of California, Irvine. The virtual event will feature engaging performances, inspiring testimonials, an online auction, and delicious dining options.



Virtual event registration is complimentary, with meal delivery add-ons available for residents of Orange County. Leading up to the event, live viewing instructions will be sent to the email and cell phone provided at registration. Click here to register today.  




Ashley Campbell is an American musician, singer, and songwriter of country music. Armed with the ability not only to dream up a modern country song, but to deliver it, too, Ashley is ready for a return visit to entertain at the Gala.  Already known for her work alongside her father, country music legend, Glen Campbell – who, during his final years as a touring musician, leaned heavily on his youngest daughter as a banjo player, keyboardist and harmony vocalist – Ashley has now stepped out on her own.


Magician/Comedian Justin Willman is the star and creator of the hit Netflix series Magic for Humans. His Magic in Real Life Tour is an intimate evening of mind-blowing magic, comedy, and unexpected surprises that will leave the whole family wonderstruck. He’s a regular on The Tonight Show, Ellen and Comedy Central, and he’s nearly broken the internet several times with over 200 million video views and counting. Without spoiling any surprises, it’s safe to say you’ve never seen a show quite like this. But don’t take our word for it...

“A new breed of magician who’s making magic cool again.” -Los Angeles Times

“Filled with magic tricks that will amaze, delight, and shock you in a way that’s sure to have your face sore from smiling.” -Decider

“His live show is a MUST SEE.” -Time Out

“A master of comedy and psychological manipulation…able to move his fans and skeptics on an emotional level.” -Digital Journal

“Like a magician, but cooler.” -USA Today

“The perfect magician/comedian hybrid.” -IndieWire

“Willman's brand of magic is peppered with humor, designed to bring people together.” -TV Guide

“Wow. Just…WOW.” -Ellen Degeneres



Online bidding for exciting experiences, getaways, a selection of fine wines, and more will open on Saturday, November 21, two weeks prior to the event. Register today to stay informed. For more information on auction donation and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Director of Development and Donor Stewardship, Linda Scheck, at 949.824.3251 or LScheck@uci.edu.

Zack Krone, Gala Emcee, is the president and founder of California Coast Auctions with over 15 years specializing in benefit charity fundraisers for schools and charities.  Zack has helped plan and execute auctions, fundraisers and social entertainment events, for schools, churches, charities, and non-profits all over the country raising millions of dollars.  Zack believes that the spirit, community and excitement of a live auction is the best way to raise money, awareness, and generate interest in organizations.


Gala Planning Committee

  • Virginia Naeve, Chair
  • Sydney Balalis, Community Volunteer
  • Shirley Cameron, Coldwell Banker Platinum Properties
  • Barbara DeMar, Community Volunteer
  • Janet Gianulias, Community Volunteer
  • Diane Mondini, Caring Companions At Home
  • Rita Moreira, Community Volunteer
  • Marla Noel, OC Growth Advisors
  • Fred Salter, Trico Realty, Inc.
  • Wendy Salter, Community Volunteer
  • Kitty Woodworth, Community Volunteer
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