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  FÊTE FOR 50: San Diego Magazine’s 50 People To Watch party celebrated the annual issue (January) profiling San Diegans worth watching in the coming year. Held at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s La Jolla location, the evening featured a cocktail reception and awards presentation by the magazine’s president, Jim Fitzpatrick, editor-in-chief Tom Blair and publisher Maureen Sullivan. Among spotlighted guests: Tracy Jarman, Aloha Taylor, Fred Sainz, Monique Marvez, Brian Issell, Jeff Wiemann and Ben Hueso.
   

GROWING GAINS: Mary Berglund, Carolyn Farris and Pauline Foster hosted a cocktail reception for major donors and trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego to celebrate the opening of the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Building and the David C. Copley Building at the museum’s downtown location. Guests included featured artists Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Roman de Salvo, Jenny Holzer, Ernesto Neto, Richard Serra and architect Richard Gluckman.

  SEEING RED: Proceeds from the American Heart Association’s seventh annual Go Red for Women luncheon at the Hotel del Coronado benefited local heart and stroke research as well as education programs. Sally Ann Zoll chaired the luncheon, attended by 700-some ladies in red.
  MAIN EVENT: The Amadeus 2007 Birthday Gala, at the Wyndham San Diego at Emerald Plaza, supported this year’s Mainly Mozart Festival and MM’s education programs, which reach more than 30,000 children annually. Reinette Levine chaired; Patricia and Christopher Weil were honorary chairs.
   

DIVVYING DOLLARS: During a luncheon at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Las Patronas “delivered the dinero” to the nine major beneficiaries of the 2006 Jewel Ball, which raised more than $1 million. President Terry Cooper greeted guests; 2006 Jewel Ball chair Wendy Segall and cochairs Kathryn Stephens and Alison Figi handed out checks. Vicky Eddy presented the Spirit of Giving Award to Chism Brothers Painting.

  ROUGHING IT: The Century Club of San Diego presented the Buick Invitational’s second annual Diamond in the Rough Gala at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Chaired by San Diego Magazine president Jim Fitzpatrick, the event featured an elegant dinner, a live auction and entertainment by Tonight Show host Jay Leno. Proceeds benefited Pro Kids and the Monarch School. NBC 7/39 sportscaster Jim Laslavic emceed.
  CZARRING ROLE: San Diego Opera kicked off its 2007 season with the Czar’s Winter Ball, held in conjunction with the opening night of Boris Godunov at the Civic Theatre. Patrons enjoyed a pre-opera reception in the Bravissimo tent on the adjacent concourse and post-performance dinner at the Westgate Hotel, transformed with 16th-century Russia décor.
  A KING’S RECEPTION: The city of San Diego’s Human Relations Commission and the Interagency Coalition on Human and Civil Rights coordinated the 19th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. All People’s Breakfast at Golden Hall. The event “highlights local community leaders who have responded to injustice, violence and abuse in life-changing ways.” Speakers included Azim Khamisa, founder of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation; Minister Tukufu Kalonji, founder and executive director of the Serudj Institute of Effective Socialization; and Jason Russell, founder of Invisible Children.
 

GRACIOUS HOST: Caroline Sullivan hosted Hospitality for Hospice, a fundraising dinner at Gemelli Italian Grill benefiting San Diego Hospice & Palliative Care. Among the 40-plus guests who helped raise $10,000: Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer and former Charger Vaughn Parker.

 
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