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MAKING MEMORIES: The Alzheimer’s Association, San Diego/Imperial chapter, celebrated its 25th anniversary at the “Stardust Memories in the Making” gala at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Event chairs Gail and Marty Levin and honorary chairs Darlene and Donald Shiley were joined by more than 800 guests, who raised $440,000. Also serving on the honorary committee: Michael Alessio, Laurie Black and Bob Lawrence, Ingrid Hibben, Sue and Lyle Kalish, Linda and Mel Katz, Phyllis Schwartz and Paul LeaVesseur, and Katie and Dan Sullivan, among others.  Alan and Nancy SpectorAlan and Nancy Spector
BEHIND THE SCENES: The San Diego Performing Arts League honored volunteers of performing arts organizations countywide at the 15th annual Star Awards at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Gold Star honorees Sheryl and Harvey White shared the spotlight with Dale and Bette Goodman (Coronado Playhouse), Suzy Fig (California Ballet Company), Chip Goodwin (La Jolla Playhouse), Holly Ward (Old Globe Theatre), Dennis Ancinec (San Diego Ballet), Ann Carr (Lyric Opera San Diego) and D’Ann Paton (Actors Alliance), among others.  Kelli Prather, Troy Hirsch, Scott PratherKelli Prather, Troy Hirsch, Scott Prather

COMMUNITY CHEST: The American Heart Association hosted the third annual “Monopoly Night” black-tie gala, presented by the EastLake Company at the Hotel del Coronado. Guests took part in a spirited Monopoly tournament. Among the gamers: Bill Ostrem, Bill Davidson, Sandy and Armon Mills, Donna and Tom Anderson, Jolene and Kirk Jackson, Gary Cady, Ure Kretowicz, Pamela Rusk-Arnett and Terry Arnett, Cyndi and Colton Sudberry, Robin and Gordon Carrier, and Patricia and Sid Morris.

Michael and Maree MossmerMichael and Maree Mossmer  

GOT SOUL? The Carmel Valley Unit of Children’s Hospital Auxiliary presented the “Sounds of Hope for Children” concert featuring R&B legend Al Green at downtown’s House of Blues. The fund-raiser, which benefited the neonatal intensive care unit, was chaired by Mary Kay Zolezzi. KUSI-TV anchor Sandra Maas was emcee. Among guests grooving to the soulful sounds of Green were unit cochairs Kaye Hentschke and Deb Gustafson, Lynne and Glenn Carlson, Dyana and Brett Brown, Marilyn and Ken Nolen, Judy and Steve Rowles, Sue and Steve Higgins, Danielle and Dan Negroni, and Karen and Barry Montgomery.

Lynne CarlsonLynne Carlson  

JUST DAZZLING: The San Diego chapter of the Arthritis Foundation honored the Liz and Michael Copley family at its “Razzle Dazzle” gala at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Chaired by Karin Camp and Dolores Smith, the 1920s-themed event raised funds to support the chapter’s arthritis prevention and treatment efforts. Glammed-up guests included honorary committee members Joan and Dr. Harry Gruber, Dr. Doris Howell, Jenny and Fred Lewis, Judy and Dr. Sidney Levine, Ann Laddon and Dr. Adrian Jaffer, Dr. Michael Keller and Daniel Veale, and Sandra and Allen Redman.

Liz and Michael Copley Liz and Michael Copley 

LUX LIFE: Supporters of Lux Art Institute gathered at the home of Karen and Stuart Tanz in Rancho Santa Fe for a reception and dinner honoring Ivan Gayler. Linda Brandes served as honorary chair; Linda Temko and Patty Robbins chaired. Hardcore rockers Left 4 Dead performed for guests, who included honorary committee members Jeanne Jones and Don Brietenberg, Inge and Charles Brown, David Cason, Susan Mallory, Susan and Jim Morris, Debra McGinty-Poteet and Larry Poteet, Paul Robinson and Trudy Stambook, and Ann Hunter-Wellborn and Michael Wellborn.

Danielle Machhur, Rebecca McInnis Danielle Machhur, Rebecca McInnis  

MAGNIFICENT SEVEN: The University of San Diego honored seven alumni for career achievement, contributions to humanitarian causes and volunteer service to the school at a gala at the campus’ Jenny Craig Pavilion. USD president Mary Lyons and board of trustees chairman Robert Hoehn welcomed guests before awards presentations to honorees Elizabeth Jones, A. Jackson Muecke, James Power, Juanita Santos-Nacu, John Redmond, Ann Mayo and Susanne Stanford.

 Belena and Preston Raisin Belena and Preston Raisin
MAKING TRACKS: The Coronado Hospital Foundation invited guests “All Aboard the Orient Express” for its 19th annual gala at the Hotel del Coronado. The event, which raised more than $185,000 for Sharp Coronado Hospital, honored the Phyllis and Lee Mather family. Conducting the affair were chairs Sharon Considine and Mary Sanderman. NBC 7/39’s Pat Brown emceed. Taking a seat on the Paris-Constantinople trek: Alice Crilly, Paul Harter, Mary and Russ Johnson, Jeannie and Mike Napolitano, Anna Kirschner, Mary Sandermann and Tim Considine, among others.  Margo de la Cruz, Eric Kerley Margo de la Cruz, Eric Kerley

PROMISING FUTURE: The San Diego chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International raised an astounding $1.6 million at its annual Promise Ball, “Broadway Bound for a Cure,” at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Chaired by Dianne Kretowicz and Karen Creelman, the ball honored the Yvonne and Roy Polatchek family. The San Diego Padres Club and the John Moores family also were recognized for their commitment to the diabetes cause. Artie Ojeda of NBC 7/39 was emcee. Among the 630 guests: director of intelligence of U.S. Central Command in Iraq, Brigadier General John Custer, Drew Brees, Charger Lorenzo Neal, boxer Paul Vaden and artist Zoey Stevens.

Ure, Ravean, Alex and Dianne Kretowicz Ure, Ravean, Alex and Dianne Kretowicz 

TEA FOR TWO: Foster-family agency La Cuna hosted a mother-daughter tea at the Horton Grand Hotel to benefit Latino foster children throughout San Diego. City chief operating officer Ronne Froman was honorary chair; Yolanda S. Walther-Meade served as emcee of the reception, which raised more than $25,000. La Cuna board of directors chair David Bejarano welcomed the 120 attendees, including Joyce Gattis, Evelyn Shields and Patti Roscoe.

 Ava and Regina Lawrence Ava and Regina Lawrence

VIVA VEGAS: Christopher Knight, known as Peter Brady on The Brady Bunch, and girlfriend Adrianne Curry, winner of America’s Next Top Model, lent starpower to the North Coast Unit of Children’s Hospital Auxiliary for its “Viva Las Vegas” celebrity casino night at the On Broadway Event Center. Chaired by Christine Crowley and Lori Tudor, the evening benefited the Heart Institute of Children’s Hospital San Diego. “Ratpackers” mingled with guests, including committee members Heidi DeBerry, Natalie Douglass, Denise Northbrook, Linda Hollman, Pollie Gautsch, Lisa Black, Cathryn Coons, Kimberly York, Victoria De La Cruz and Amy Hofer.

Carter Evans, Courtney Friel Carter Evans, Courtney Friel 

WHAT GOES AROUND: The Women’s International Center hosted the 23rd annual Living Legacy awards at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice on the USD campus. Chaired by Sally B. Thornton, Bridget Brigitte McDonald, Marianne McDonald and WIC founder and president Gloria Lane, the awards ceremony recognized individuals who “know the joy and responsibility of making the world a better place for all to share.” This year’s honorees: Ronne Froman, Yolanda Walther-Meade, David Perez, Robert Rector, Claudia DaMetz, artist Frida Kahlo, Jenni Prisk, Bridget Brigitte McDonald, actress Lynda Carter, Jean Colarusso and Kathi Diamant.

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