One of Orange County’s most popular fundraisers , CHOC Follies, is back March 29-31 with their newest musical production, “Footloose Follies,” benefitting CHOC Children’s. Set against an 80s backdrop, the humorous toe-tapping show, featuring a cast of local social and business leaders, is sure to be fun for the whole family.
We talked to Tom Capizzi, CHOC’s vice president of human resources, about his role in the upcoming show.
Q: How long have you been at CHOC?
A: I have been with CHOC two and a half fantastic years.
Q: How did you get involved with the show? Why is this important to you?
A: I have been a fan of the Follies for many years. I always felt it would be great to be a part of the production and give back as a senior leader at CHOC. In my role, I am always in front of many associates and love the opportunity to speak to as many people as I can. This year I decided, “Why not; let’s do it!”
Q: Did you have any experience with theater prior to the CHOC Follies?
A: I did some theater while in college, and later when my daughter was in a children’s regional theater group I was asked to participate in several adult parts.
Q: What is your favorite part of the show?
A: The cast brings such energy and passion to the show, which in my opinion is very infectious and speaks to our mission and why we all are aligned – associates, physicians, donors and volunteers – with our mission to nurture, advance and protect the health and well being of children.
Q: Why should the community support the show?
A: Join us, it’s a wonderful time, very entertaining. And the dedication, passion and time commitment that the cast makes every year, which is all voluntary, speaks volumes to how important CHOC is to them and how critical philanthropy is to the success of our mission to care for our community’s children and their families.