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What a Kick: YMCA Youth & Family Services recognized former Chargers kicker Rolf Benirschke and philanthropist Laura Galinson at its annual “To Honor Our Champions” gala at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. Anthony Bollotta and Susie Walton chaired. KGTV’s Marti Emerald emceed the event, also attended by Connie and John Desha, City Councilmember Toni Atkins, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Sally and John Thornton, Harvey Levine, Sandra and Dr. Jeffrey Schafer, Kitty Kaufman, Colette and Bob Stefanko, L.A. Laker Luke Walton, Laura Mustari, Paul Davis, and Dian and Ray Peet.
Denise and Bertrand Hug
Animal House: The board of trustees of the Zoological Society staged its Rendezvous in the Zoo (RITZ) event, this year themed “Pachyderms in Paradise.” Chaired by Carol Chang and cochaired by Sue Raffee, the gala raised funds for the San Diego Zoo’s new elephant habitat. Rendezvousing: Audrey Geisel and Alex Butterfield, Debbie Turner and Conrad Prebys, Katherine Kennedy and Robert Horsman, Joyce Blount and Jessie Knight, Marilyn and Doug Sawyer, Marilynn and Roger Boesky, Liz and Michael Copley, Dixie and Ken Unruh, Margie and John Warner, Jinx Ecke, Sandy and Ed Burr, Linnea and Frank Arrington, Kathy and Red Scott, and Tommi and Bob Adelizzi. Yvonne Larsen, Mary Sadler
A Swell Time: San Diego alt-rock band Switchfoot hosted the second annual Bro-Am surf contest and concert at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas to benefit Casa de Amparo, an Oceanside-based nonprofit that provides shelter, treatment and intervention services to abused and neglected children. Switchfoot members Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman, Chad Butler, Jerome Fontamillas and Drew Shirley played to an audience of 6,000. Other surfer-rockers included Tom Curren, Dane Reynolds, Tristan Prettyman, Ryan Ferguson and Years Around the Sun band members Dylan Raasch, Chris Cote, Ronnie Dudek and Mia Stefanko. Jon Foreman
A Vine Time: The Social Service Auxiliary presented the 23rd annual “Wine and Roses” charity wine tasting and flower show on the rooftop of the Westgate Hotel. Guests sipped and sniffed to the benefit of Camp Oliver. Helping to ensure a future of happy campers: Joan Bear, Marilyn and Jack Boggust, Annette and Joe Fritzenkotter, Connie Golden, Mary Alice Gonsalves, Marge and Paul Hebert, Steven Keller, Elizabeth Leader, Sally and George McClenahan, Barbara and Gary Orsa, Elizabeth Utschig, Marti and Larry Showley, Diane and Jim Miller, Ann and Vincent Sullivan, Diana and Richard Christopher, Kaye Rippee, Lyn and Frank Silva, and Carol Hanson.
Jessica Reilly, Paul Burgio
Beautiful Mind: Alpha Behavioral Health Services hosted its annual Excellence in Action luncheon at The Prado at Balboa Park to honor Darrell Steinberg, coauthor of California’s Mental Health Services Act. Alfredo Aguirre, director of mental health services for San Diego County, was chairman; Biocom CEO Joe Panetta cochaired. Alpha executive director Scott Suckow was joined by patrons including luncheon committee members George Lui, Karen Luton, Katie Schultz, Jennifer Danzig, Angela Carrillo, Kassy Perry, Sue Finn and Judith Yates.
Betsy Morris, Laurie Black
Broadcasting Live: KPBS hosted 80 guests for an elegant wine dinner, dubbed “One Enchanted Evening,” atop the Westgate Hotel to benefit public broadcasting. Five of San Diego’s premier chefs—Christian Graves, Fabrice Hardel, Deborah Helm, Jonathan Niese and Chris Walsh—served up gourmet fare to match each wine pour. Patrons included Fiona Tudor and Peter Farrell, Zandra Rhodes and Salah Hassanein, Lisa and Michael Farrell, Lori and Tony DeMaria, Marty and Dave Pendarvis, Stephanie Bergsma and Dwight Hare, Gigie and Larry Price, Steve Nathan, Audrey Viterbi and Dan Smargon, Mary Ann and Arnold Ginnow, and Helen Cheng, among others.
Gloria Penner, Zandra Rhodes
Master of the Green: The San Diego Country Club hosted the Billy Casper Recognition Dinner to celebrate the famed golfer’s 50 years of excellence in the sport. KUSI’s Dave Scott emceed. Club president Steve Ferriot welcomed guests, including Sumei and Ron Baker, Jackie and Don Goss, Nancy and Russ Bullen, Bud Edney, Linda and Rocky Spane, Ed Gibson, Jo and Tom Hazard, Tod Leonard, Bonnie and Clem Schwartz, Judy and Cole Willoughby, San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox and Chula Vista Deputy Mayor John McCann. Billy Casper presented the Billy Casper Pro Am Trophy to tournament winners Sandy and Brian Wagner.
Music to Their Ears: The Museum of Making Music honored Grammy-winning composer/arranger and Carlsbad resident Sammy Nestico and local jazz icon Peter Sprague during its fourth annual “Evening of Note,” held at the Carlsbad museum. Guests included Norine Sigafoose, Carlsbad Councilmember Tom Morrow, Ted Owen, Jack White, Joe Lamond, Paul Murphy Jr., Drs. Melanie and Robert Dean, Teresa and Merle Fischlowitz, Susan and Jack Fancher, Karen Begin, Christine Wiersama, Sandy Guendert, and Sandy and Carlton Lund.
Pearl Party: The San Diego Repertory Theatre celebrated its 30-year anniversary with a downtown-rooftops bash that started at the Napa Valley Grille, moved to the Westgate and wrapped up at the Westin. Produced by Rob Appel, the gala was attended by Linda and Bill Shaw, Sam Woodhouse, Barry Demchak, Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky, Elaine Lipinsky, Esther Jane Paul and Dick Paul, actress-singer Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels, Merle and Phil Wahl, Jonathan Dunn- Rankin, Larry Alldredge and Dawn Moore, among others.
Star-Bright: Home Start, a nonprofit child abuse prevention agency, raised in excess of $50,000 at its “Dancing Under the Stars” gala at the Bristol Hotel. The event was chaired by Sanjay Jha, an executive vice president at major sponsor Qualcomm. Supporters included Tess and Russell Lewis, Aleck Karis, Evelyn Heidelberg, Matthew Semmer, Lynne Freuhling, Jessica Weinberg, Stacey Matseas, Home Start board president Paul Davis and CEO John DeStefano.
Under African Skies: The Rancho Santa Fe unit of Children’s Hospital Auxiliary and Dr. Kevin Smith simulated an African safari for the “Sunset on the Serengeti” gala, held at the estate of James Greenbaum Jr. Chaired by Allison Stratton and cochaired by Jill King, the affair benefited the Autism Intervention Center. Jeweler to the stars Martin Katz of Beverly Hills donated a pair of diamond earrings valued at $24,000 for the auction. Unit chair Kathy Flather and cochair Michelle Pius staged the extravagant black-tie event with the help of 30 committee members. Among the pack: Cathy Polk, Leslie DeGoler, SueAnn Kern, Ally Wise, Karen Dhuyvetter, Tibe Carter, Margaret Bellowe, Teryl Macia, Stacy Parker, Lesa Thode and Maureen Sage.
Urgent Care: Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas presented the “Casino: You Bet Your Life!” gala at La Costa Resort & Spa to fund the hospital’s emergency department expansion project. Chair Ina Gelfound and husband Bill were joined by a flush of VIP guests who included Jermaine Jackson and fiancée Halima Rashid, legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar and wife Sukanya and daughter Anoushka, KUSI news anchor and emcee Kimberly Hunt with husband Billy Ray Smith, Marion Frank, Michelle and Sean Crowley, Mary Ellen and Tom Grant, JoAnn Irving, Toni and Lee Leichtag, and Janet and Bernard Reiter.
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