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Center Club debuts extensive renovation

The prestigious Costa Mesa venue’s grand reopening coincides with annual charity fundraiser

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: February 07, 2013 03:30 PM

Costa Mesa’s Center Club has celebrated its “reinvention” with a grand reopening event and fundraiser event benefiting three organizations. The elegant, ultra-modern private dining club unveiled its multi-million-dollar renovation on Thursday, Jan. 31, at the grand reopening and annual Charity Classic fundraiser, honoring the Center Club’s founder and local patron of the arts, Henry T. Segerstrom.

“We redesigned the Center Club with our members’ needs and wants in mind,” said general manager Shahin Vosough. “This celebratory event affords us a great opportunity to showcase the Club in our community. We have rebranded and repositioned ourselves for the up and coming generation of business professionals and prominent leaders within our community who desire a club of this caliber.”

The Center Club, part of the ClubCorp family, has a 27-year history in Costa Mesa, founded in 1985 by Segerstrom to provide a prestigious private enclave for the city’s corporate and social leaders. The renovation is the most extensive in the club’s history, and includes a number of new installations, features and amenities for members.

“It is hard to express in words about how proud I am to be working with Henry Segerstrom,” said Dr. Victoria Collins, chair of the club’s board of governors. “The next 25 years will be even better, building on the solid foundation Henry has created for us at the Center Club. We are so fortunate in Orange County to have his leadership.”

Included in the renovation is an Encore Lounge, which boasts a new bar with gastropub-style menu, a media center with a 103-inch flat-screen TV, cabanas with TVs and a main communal dining table with iPads. Two private offices designated the “Touchdown Rooms” are available for meetings or private work on a first-come, first-served basis. A power boardroom can be reserved for larger meetings and features leading-edge technology. The Founder’s Room features private dining with a separate farm-to-table menu.

“Careful planning has preserved the Center Club’s traditions and social attractions, while adding technical business services,” said the club’s founder, Henry Segerstrom. “I am proud of the results. It is a knockout.”

The club’s grand reopening coincided with the Center Club’s annual fundraiser, the Charity Classic. This year’s event raised money for three organizations, the Orange County Museum of Art, celebrating its 50th anniversary and one of the oldest modern and contemporary art museums in California; the Muscular Dystrophy Association ALS Division, and Augie’s Quest, seeking a cure for Lou Gehrig’s disease; and the ClubCorp Employee Partners Care Foundation, a fund created to support ClubCorp’s employees and their families.

“This year’s Charity Classic demonstrates the scope of Orange County’s business and social leaders who have come forward to generously support important missions that improve lives right here in our community,” said event co-chair Richard Ward.

“We are proud to play a part in making a difference for so many who need our help, care and support. And, we are especially thrilled to have Henry Segerstrom as the Honorary Chair of the Center Club Charity Classic this year. There is no one individual more important in Orange County than Henry Segerstrom, to teach the next generation of business and community leader about what we can and should do to give back to our community,” added co-chair Liza Krassner

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