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KOCE honors Bette and Wylie Aitken, High School of the Arts

The kudos will come Saturday during the station’s annual gala.

BY Lauren GiudicePublished: June 18, 2010 09:05 AM

Bette and Wyllie Aitkin
Bette and Wylie Aitken, and the Orange County High School of the Arts, will be honored Saturday for their contributions to the arts in Orange County at the 2010 KOCE Gala.  

Wylie Aitken is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and founding partner of Aitken, Aitken and Cohn in Santa Ana. He’s been recognized by LawDragon magazine as one of the Top 500 Lawyers in America, and by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 of California's Most Influential Lawyers, among numerous other distinctions. He’s served on many boards, including terms as board president for South Coast Repertory Theatre, and as a trustee for Chapman University.

His wife, Bette, is known for her charitable work and contributes to Anaheim’s Museo, Anaheim Historical Museum, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Women in Leadership, Laura’s House and Cal State Fullerton.

The Orange County High School of the Arts is a public charter school that prepares students for college and careers in the arts. The school’s 1,380 students can choose between 11 art conservatories, including film and TV, classical and contemporary dance, and opera and choral.

Guests at the gala will enjoy dancing and performances by JT and California Dreamin’. John Tu, the 20-member band’s frontman, is Kingston Technology Co.’s CEO.

There will be a live auction, a raffle and a drawing for a pair of Tiffany and Co. diamond and platinum earrings valued at more than $21,000.

“I’ve never been more excited about a KOCE event,” said station President Mel Rogers. “With John Tu’s amazing band complimenting our remarkable honorees, it will be a fun and first rate evening.”  

Highlights of the evening will be broadcast on KOCE and the OC Channel starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday.  

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