PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ: This year’s Rendezvous In the Zoo (RITZ), the splashy fund-raiser staged by the Zoological Society of San Diego at the San Diego Zoo, generated $1.5 million for a new elephant habitat. Honorary chair Conrad Prebys committed a $1 million match to the event’s (successful) fund-raising goal of $500,000. Debbie Turner was honorary cochair; Katherine Kennedy and Robert Horsman were event chairs. More patrons of the pachyderm petition: Audrey Geisel and Alex Butterfield, Kathy and Congressman Darrell Issa, Berit and Tom Durler, Kathy and Red Scott, Joan Embery and Duane Pillsbury, Jeanne Jones and Don Breitenberg, Ann Blyth and Jordan Sack, Jessie Knight Jr. and Joye Blount, Teresa and Harry Hixson, Zandra Rhodes and Salah Hassanein, and Lee and Frank Goldberg.
PHILANTHROPY AT ITS FINEST: The Jewish Community Foundation, San Diego’s largest grantmaker, celebrated its 40th anniversary with a fête for 500 of the region’s prominent philanthropists at the Museum of Man in Balboa Park. Elaine and Murray Galinson chaired. Guests included Julie and Edgar Berner, Emily and Dan Einhorn, Diane and Elliot Feuerstein, Pauline Foster, Jerri-Ann and Gary Jacobs, Miriam and Jerome Katzin, Linda and Shearn Platt, foundation chair Sheila Potiker, Sherron and Jack Schuster, Barbara and Larry Sherman, Karen and Jeff Silberman, Elene and Herb Solomon, Rod Stone, and Erna and Andrew Viterbi.
STAR POWER: Dea Hurston chaired the 2007 Star Awards, presented by the San Diego Performing Arts League to outstanding volunteers. Held at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina, the event honored Dolly Woo with the Gold Star Award and was attended by the who’s who of the local arts scene. Among the 70 honorees: Judi and Jack Missett, Leslie Zwail, Leslie Meads, Susan Guthrie Lowrance, John Wertz, Hugh Wolf, John Spafford, Sister Sally Furay, Judy Hauth, Dr. Miriam Summ, Rita Bronowski, John Grah, Barry Lorge, Jeanine Palmer, Kathryn Kirby and Christina Jones.
THE ENTERTAINER: The inaugural Midway Museum American Patriot Award was presented posthumously to legendary entertainer Bob Hope at a gala staged aboard the U.S.S. Midway aircraft carrier. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver were honorary committee chairs. Event organizers included Bob Shumake (chair); George Sunga, Roberta and Malin Burnham, John “Mac” McLaughlin and Norma Nicolls. Kelly Hope accepted the award on his father’s behalf. Jack O’Neill, COO of the Bob Hope estate, also attended the gala, which raised funds for the museum’s No Child Left Ashore Education Scholarship Fund. Jim Laslavic emceed. Among the patrons: Marilyn and Bob Townsend, Beth and Jim Philion, Vicki and Tom Wilson, Linden Blue, Audrey Geisel, Donnie Edwards, Becky Ivans, Walt Zable, Susan Farrell, and Kathie and Vice Admiral Jim Zortman.
LEGACY IN THE MAKING: Klonie Kunzel and Elisabeth Bergan chaired the 2007 History Makers Gala, presented by the San Diego Historical Society at the U.S. Grant hotel. Daniel J. Tucker, chairman of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, accepted the George W. Marston Award for Civic Leadership. Las Patronas president Terry Cooper received the Legacy Award for Philanthropic Leadership.
STARTING LINES: Nonprofit Home Start raised $82,000 for child abuse prevention at its Seaside Soirée, held at the San Diego Marriott Del Mar. Dr. Sanjay Jha, COO and president of event sponsor Qualcomm’s CDMA Technologies Group, was honorary chair. Home Start board president Bryan Lee was event chair. Among the guests: Home Start CEO Laura Mustari, Fiona Mackin-Jha, Stacy Matseas, Lynn and Bill Fruehling, Tammy and John Laws, Evelyn Wiggins, Polly and Robin Traylor, Paul Davis, and Frank and Stanley Wong.
FRENCH CONNECTION: The 26th annual Celebrity Chefs Cook gala, “Très Gourmet,” served up French fare prepared by San Diego’s top chefs. Chaired by Anne Otterson and Sue Kalish, the popular fund-raiser for the UCSD Moores Cancer Center was held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Some 500 patrons sipped fine wine and sampled gourmet appetizers whipped up by culinary wizards Jean-Michel Diot, Bernard Guillas, Fabrice Hardel, Gavin Kaysen, Michel Malecot, Patrick Ponsaty, Eddy Rocq, Dominique Tougne, Philippe Verpiand and Pascal Vignau. KFMB Channel 8’s Barbara-Lee Edwards emceed.
XCELLENT PROMISE: The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation raised a staggering $1.6 million for diabetes research at its annual Promise Ball, “Xcelerate the Cure,” at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. BIOCOM president Joe Panetta accepted the corporate award; Dan Bradbury, president and CEO of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, and wife, Annette, received the family award. Honorary committee members included former middleweight champion Paul Vaden, artist Zoey Stevens, Charger Lorenzo Neal, pro surfer Scott Denton and Fox6 newscasters Marc Bailey and Lynn Stuart. Karen Creelman and Carmen Cooley-Graham chaired.
MAGIC MAKERS: The San Diego Center for Children hosted its 119th annual dinner, “The Magic That We Do,” at the U.S. Grant hotel. Honoree Rana Sampson, wife of Mayor Jerry Sanders, was the featured guest speaker. Author of Bullying in Schools, Sampson discussed the impact of school bullying on youth. Marty Levin was emcee. Patrons included Lilian and Burton Nestor, Diane and Roy Bell, Julie Meier Wright, Natalie and Bill Gore, Randy Perkins, Karen and Jeff Silberman, Ruth and Jim Mulvaney, Jim Mulvaney Jr., Ellen and Dr. Ira Levine, Betsy and Ed Martin, Sherry and Bob Cairncross, Elsie Weston, Supervisor Greg Cox and Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox.
GREATEST GENERATION: The Women’s International Center presented the 24th annual Living Legacy Awards, a 1940s-theme gala at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina. Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor was honored for her AIDS activism; actress Margaret O’Brien accepted the award on Taylor’s behalf. Other honorees included actor Randal Malone, Sally Wong Avery, Luawanna Hallstrom, Dottie Stanley, J.J. Isler, Jane Trevor Fetter, Major Nicole Malachowski, Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, Brigadier General Angela Salinas, Sondra Buschmann, San Diego Youth and Community Services and Veronica and Andre Metz. Carol Hasson and Marcie McGahey Cecil emceed; Marianne McDonald and Sally B. Thornton chaired.
MINDFUL EATING: Mental Health America of San Diego County hosted its annual Healthy Minds Luncheon at The Prado at Balboa Park, which honored Mike Murphy, president and CEO of Sharp HealthCare. Reo Carr of the San Diego Business Journal chaired; Joe Panetta, Dene Oliver, Jennifer Schaffer and Senator Darrell Steinberg were vice chairs. MHA CEO Scott Suckow was joined by patrons including committee and board members Kimberly Miller, Sherri Petro, Karenlee Robinson, Karen and Derek Dalton, Patty and Bob Payne, Herb Klein, Phil Blair, Jessie Knight Jr. and Assemblymembers Shirley Horton, Lori Saldaña and Angela Carrillo.
THE CHOSEN: The Downtown Business Association of Escondido presented the inaugural People’s Choice Awards at a red-carpet ceremony hosted by Fox6’s Ruben Galvan at City Hall. The winners: Jack Anderson (city of Escondido), Cindy Waasdorp (Prudential), Angelo Damante (Mercedes-Benz of Escondido), the Escondido Police Department, Wendy Barker (Escondido History Center), Melissa Inez Walker (Distinction Gallery) and Mark Missler (150 Grand).
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