A house is just walls, floor and roof, that is until people make it a home. In Dana Point, one historic home has gone through many iterations of house and home since its construction in the ’20s and subsequent ownership by some who cherished it for its Spanish Colonial Revival style and preeminent place in the city’s history, and some who only saw a dilapidated structure on five valuable ocean view lots that could translate into big money by razing it and erecting five homes in its place.
The quest of current owners, Dr. Dean Clark and wife Joyce Clark, to return it to its original glory and make it their dream home, brought many challenges as well as a new and cherished friendship with Kristine Taylor, the wealth preservation and finance company owner who helped the Clarks acquire the property while battling for her life against breast cancer.
Doheny House owner Joyce Clark will unveil the complete restoration of her historic home at an upcoming gala to benefit cancer patients. Photo: Andrea Swayne
The Clarks have agreed to unveil the Doheny House’s complete, top to bottom period-correct restoration at the upcoming Pink Gala fundraiser to benefit cancer patients at Orange Coast Memorial Hospital, as well as other programs of The Kristine Taylor Philanthropies, on Saturday, May 2 at 6 p.m.
The evening will feature special guests, live music, fine dining, a high-end fashion show, silent auction, a live art auction and the opportunity to have a look inside one of the area’s most beautiful and historic homes.
Admission to the gala ranges from $250 for an individual, to the $20,000 Gold Sponsor level which includes two tables for 10, champagne, a one-week stay in Maui at the Westin Villas Resort, a private reception with two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoon artist, Michael Ramirez; luxury car transportation to and from the gala by JStar Motors, private coffee label for a year of coffee production, a commemorative gift and prominent recognition in pre- and post-event media and more. Tickets and more information can be found at www.kristinetaylorphilanthropies.org.
The other six levels of sponsorship also include similar perks, and 100 percent of all proceeds will support the following causes: Hands of Hope International, facilitating surgical reconstruction and limb-saving surgery for disadvantaged patients of Dr. Mark Kobayashi; a tomosynthesis machine featuring digital 3-D mammography at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center; and with support from oncologist, Dr. Jack Jacoub, providing wigs, housing and transportation for cancer patients.
A series of coincidences—Joyce Clark and Taylor describe as serendipities—aligned the lives of the group of people making the event possible.
From a bank president whose wife was also stricken with cancer agreeing to work with Taylor to make it feasible for the Clarks to purchase the house despite the massive loan on the property, to a chance meeting with fellow patient of Dr. Kobayashi and cancer survivor, Rebecca Vlok, who would join in organizing the gala, Taylor said the experience was life-changing.
Doheny House owners, Dr. Dean Clark and his wife Joyce, will unveil the complete restoration of her historic home at an upcoming gala to benefit cancer patients. Photo: Andrea Swayne
“When you bond with people who have the same philosophy in life, like the Clarks—giving back whenever possible—and the fact that they had confidence in me to do what I said I could do despite my illness, they became a source of support for me as well,” Taylor said.
“If it wasn’t for Kristine, this house never would have happened for us,” Clark said. “That’s why when she asked if she could have a fundraiser here we said yes. Thinking back to the angst of what Kristine was going through while making this home possible for us; we want to pay it forward.”
The Clarks may have never had the opportunity to purchase Doheny House if not for the efforts of Dana Point mayor and historian Carlos Olvera, who fought for the protection of the historic structure.