TUSCAN TOAST: Jane Marshall and Bobbi Martini chaired the 16th annual Scripps Spinoff Auction, “Treasures of Tuscany: A Toast to Life,” at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine. The event, a fund-raiser for the Stevens Division of the Scripps Cancer Center, recognized Pearl and Charlie Dunn and Sharon and Skeets Dunn for their 25 years of support.
GENEROUS HELPINGS: Local police officers, firefighters, media personalities, pro athletes and community leaders donned aprons for the STAR/PALS seventh annual Celebrity Waiter Luncheon at the Balboa Park Club. STAR/PALS (Sports, Training, Academics and Recreational/Police Athletic League) offers free programs that inspire kids to make positive life choices. Kimberly King of NBC 7/39 emceed; servers included a host of Chargers and Padres players; Sandy Alderson; Robert Horsman; San Diego Fire Chief Tracy Jarman; San Diego City Councilmen Jim Madaffer, Brian Maienshein and Scott Peters; County Supervisor Ron Roberts and Padres general manager Kevin Towers.
MAMBO, MAMBO: Mama’s Kitchen, a nonprofit that delivers meals to San Diegans affected by AIDS/HIV and other critical illnesses, presented its 16th annual Mama’s Day culinary fund-raiser at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine. The Latin-theme “Mama Loves Mambo,” chaired by Elisabeth Bergan and Don Caulfield, showcased the talents of some 70 area chefs. Jeanne Jones and Jim Bowers were chairs emeriti.
BRIGHT SPOT: Lux Art Institute honored two of its former board presidents, Ramona Sahm and Ann Hunter-Wellborn, at the annual Lux After Dark gala at the Rancho Santa Fe home of Linda Brandes. Karen Tanz chaired; Laurie Moegling was auction chair. Honorary committee members included Cathy and Joe Campo, Susan and Peter Mallory, Karen and Stuart Tanz, David Cason, Connie and Bill McNally, Kristine and John Heffner, Joani and Chuck Wafer, Laura Barry, Judith and Ron Judy, Joanne and Frank Warren, Kathy Blackbird and Bob Call, and Judi and Norman Kreiss.
SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED: The Coronado Hospital Foundation adopted a James Bond theme for its 20th annual gala, “007,” at the Hotel del Coronado. Tim and Sharon Considine were honored at the black-tie affair, which raised funds for the Campaign for Sharp Coronado Hospital and community wellness programs. Mary Sandermann was chair; Sharon Considine cochaired. Patrons included Mary and Russ Johnson, Paul Harter and Adelle Turgin, Marjorie and Steve Cushman, Sandy and Mike Murphy, Sally and Dr. Kevin Considine, Jeannie and Mike Napolitano, Linda and Charles Hayes, and Ory and Mark Tamsen.
SEEING STARS: The USO Council of San Diego presented the 66th anniversary Stars and Stripes Ball, honoring June Ash and Rachel Grosvenor, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Carol LeBeau was master of ceremonies; Debbie Case and Elaine Garfinkel chaired. Honorary committee members included Congressmen Brian Bilbray, Duncan Hunter and Darrell Issa; Congresswoman Susan Davis; Mayor Jerry Sanders; Nikki and Ben Clay; San Diego chief operating officer Ronne Froman and Linden Blue, Ann and Major General Don Fulham, Joyce and Craig Grosvenor, A.V. Holmes, Robert Horsman and Katherine Kennedy, Charlotte and Don Jacobs, Linda and Mel Katz, and Stephanie Troulman.
TALK OF SALK: Mingei International Museum honored architect David Rinehart at its 29th-anniversary gala, held at the Salk Institute in La Jolla. Rinehart was the architect for both the Mingei Museum and Salk’s East Building. Joy and Lael Kovtun were honorary chairs; Annika and Gordon Kovtun served as anniversary chairs. Major sponsors included Audrey Geisel and Alex Butterfield, Frances Hamilton White, and Jean Hahn Hardy and John Hardy.
SWELL OF SUPPORT: ARTS (A Reason To Survive), a nonprofit dedicated to bringing hope, healing and self-confidence to youth through the arts, hosted its third annual ARTSea Café fund-raising dinner and auction, “Magical Moments and Memories,” at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla. County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price was honorary chair. Patrons included honoree Jim Lennox, Brad Woodford, Lou Spisto, Karen and Andy Kohlberg, Anne and Richard Jaffe, John Hawkins, Nancy and Fred Borreli, Julie Poticker, Laura Galinson and Jane Fantel, Rob Appel and Clair Anderson, and Esther and Richard Paul.
GLIMPSE IN TIME: Radio talk-show host Michael Reagan, son of former president Ronald Reagan, presented the Reagan Legacy Award posthumously to Leon Thal during the Alzheimer Association’s Memories in the Making gala, “A Moment in Time,” at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Darlene and Donald Shiley and Gail and Marty Levin were honorary chairs; Maggie Watkins was event chair.
TOGA PARTY: The Rancho Santa Fe Auxiliary of Rady Children’s Hospital hosted the opulent Grecian Grandeur Gala at the Rancho Santa Fe estate of Irene Valenti to raise funds for the Pediatric Trauma Care Center. Jill King was gala chair; Leslie DeGoler cochaired. Pamplemousse Grille’s Jeffrey Strauss prepared the Greek-theme menu.
GLOBETROTTERS: The 500 patrons of Francis Parker School’s annual fund-raising gala, “Around the World with 1,216 Smiles,” were greeted by Korean drummers, Scottish bagpipers and salsa musicians. Rita Waters chaired; Heidi Farkash and Christine Barra were the auction chairs. Making the trek: head of school Richard Blumenthal and wife Louise, Jennifer and Jimmy Anklesaria, William Jones and Cheryl Sueing-Jones, Katherine and Jon Lauer, Susan and Bill Evans, and John Reed and Muffy Walker.
GOOD NEIGHBORS: Proceeds from Fiesta Para la Paz at the Hotel del Coronado supported nonprofit Fondo Para la Paz in its efforts to improve the quality of life in Mexico’s poorest communities. The host committee included Alec Cory, L. Robert Payne, Donald Carter, Jose Luis Perez Rocha, Gary Payne, Liliana Sandoval, Lizbeth Rivera, Enrique Hernandez-Pulido and Patrick Martin.
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