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OC METRO's 19th annual Hot 25 Issue

Just as the November issue of OC METRO hits the stands, O.C.'s brightest stars were being recognized at the Hot 25 party.

By Kristen SchottPublished: October 27, 2008 09:41 AM

More than 400 attended Wednesday’s event at Island Hotel Newport Beach.

The red carpet evening celebrated the accomplishments of the county’s most entrepreneurial and inspiring names, from David Chavez, whose Braille wristwatch has received international acclaim, to O.C.’s newest sheriff, Sandra Hutchens.

Tina Borgatta, editor of OC METRO, was on hand interviewing honorees as they arrived, while Michelle Pulfrey, Fox 11's "Good Day L.A." "Style File" producer, who also writes OC METRO’s Style section, interviewed guests and sponsors attending.

Steve Churm, president of Churm Media and publisher of OC METRO, emceed the celebration. His opening comments centered on "change" – in the world, the economy, politics and the community. Churm noted that the Hot 25 honorees, with all their accomplishments, are changing the face of Orange County and the world.

Bob Waltos, managing partner of Newport Beach-based The Waltos Group of Northwestern Mutual, title sponsor for the Hot 25 event, then presented Paul Motenko with a special Quiet Achiever award. Motenko was recognized for his work with Pipeline to a Cure, a nonprofit he founded to raise funds to eradicate cystic fibrosis. Motenko’s daughter Stacy, who has the disease, was on hand to honor her father.

All 25 of this years honorees were recognized onstage individually, culminating with the U.S. Men’s Olympic Volleyball team, represented by Coach Hugh McCutcheon, Assistant Coach John Speraw, who also coaches UC Irvine's men's volleyball team and was a recipient of the Hot 25 honor in 2007, and Rich Lambourne.

Sponsors of this year’s Hot 25 event included The Waltos Group of Northwestern Mutual, Island Hotel Newport Beach, Wahoo's Fish Taco, BaccHus Development and a number of other Orange County companies.

Make sure you read the full story, and click on any of the links below to view some of this year's other hot picks.

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