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First Concert in OC Great Park!






Michael D. Ray, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Great Park Conservancy introduced Ken Smith, winner of the world-wide competition to find the master Designer.







The Dave Mason Band provided fabulous music so guests could dance the night away after a delightful dinner.


The Orange County Great Park Conservancy held it's coming out party, "The Jewel of Orange County" on April 7, 2006. The party, held under a huge tent placed right in the middle of the runway on the former marine base at El Toro (and site of the Great park), included cocktails with a silent jewelry auction, a delicious dinner and the first concert in the Park featuring The Dave Mason band. Michael D. Ray, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Great Park Conservancy introduced Ken Smith, winner of the world-wide competition to find the master Designer saying, "This is historic; the Great park is, literally, the largest non-infrastructure related public-private project west of the Mississippi in the last fifty years." Ken Smith then went on to give a slide show presenting his vision, which included a computer simulation of what New York City would look like without Central Park and another of what Orange County would look like without the Great Park--a very compelling set of images. Mr. Ray also announced that they were in the process of creating a book about the founders of the park, saying, "If your grandfather had to do with the start of Central Park, you and everyone in your family would know about it. This book will commemorate all those who are a part of this historic event." There will also be a Founders Monument erected in the park as a lasting thank you. The Conservancy is modeling its fundraising programs after New York City's Central Park Conservancy. The Orange County Great Park Conservancy is now forming committees for a Botanical garden, Veterans memorial and Tree Trust.


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