Newport Beach December Awards + Celebrations

Success, in any form, should be celebrated, recognized and given its due day in the sun. There’s just too much bad in this world not to take a minute to acknowledge the good.

Here are the awards and accolades bestowed on Newport Beach community members in December:

Ruby’s Diner at the end of Balboa Pier during a December sunset.
Ruby’s Diner Celebrates 35-Year Anniversary

It all began with a run. In the early 1980s, Doug Cavanaugh jogged past a dilapidated, old bait shop at the end of Balboa Pier. Cavanaugh had just returned to Southern California after successfully launching a restaurant on Nantucket Island off Cape Cod and was searching for business opportunities along the West Coast. He enlisted the help of his friend, Ralph Kosnides, and together, the two opened a 45-seat restaurant in December of 1982 and named it Ruby’s after Cavanaugh’s mother. Thirty-five years later, the throwback diner is now a brand of nostalgic Ruby’s locations throughout Orange County, and the original Ruby’s still sits on Balboa Pier, an ode to a time gone by hovering just above the ocean.

Steve High, president and partner at Villa Real Estate.
Villa Real Estate President Honored as REALTOR® of the Year

The Newport Beach Board of REALTORS® recently named Steve High, president and partner of Villa Real Estate, as REALTOR® of the Year for 2017. Each year, the award is given to a Newport Beach Association REALTOR® who displays exemplary efforts in improving and supporting the REALTOR® organization, the real estate profession and his or her community. High founded Villa Real Estate in 2013 and has closed transactions throughout Orange County totaling more than $1 billion in luxury real estate sales.

Lisa and Brian Sabo, co-founders of Sabo Eventing. // Image via
Newport Beach Eventing Instructor Gains National Recognition

Lisa Sabo, a competitive equestrian rider and co-owner of Sabo Eventing and Newport Mesa Riding Center, was recently recognized at the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Annual Meeting and Convention, held December in Long Beach, Calif. Sabo was one of three eventers who won the prestigious Cornerstone Instructor’s Award, which recognizes lower level instructors for their dedication to the fundamental of educating well-rounded eventers.