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Marion Ross and Paul Michael
Marion Ross and Paul Michael
Charlotte Rae, Jack O’Brien, Jane Ottenstein
Charlotte Rae, Jack O’Brien, Jane Ottenstein  
DIRTY, ROTTEN AND DELIGHTFUL: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, starring John Lithgow, Norbert Leo Butz, Sherie Renee Scott, Joanna Gleason and Gregory Jbara, opened the Old Globe Theatre’s 2004-2005 season with a whoop, and the Globe Gala, the theater’s annual big event, was just as fun. Broadway-bound Scoundrels is sure to be another huge hit for Old Globe artistic director Jack O’Brien.

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is about a lot of things, and one of them is money”—and frankly, that’s what the gala was about, too, O’Brien cheerfully admitted to the audience. Happily, the evening raised some $500,000.

There were pre-show cocktails in Balboa Park’s Alcazar Gardens, and then the sell-out crowd dined and danced with cast and crew members in the theater’s Copley Plaza. The Wayne Foster Orchestra played for dancing; the Sheraton Harbor Island served gratin Mediterranée and grande tournée de boeuf for dinner.

The glamorous troika of Karen Cohn, Valerie Cooper and Sheryl White chaired the party, with a committee of Lee Goldberg, Robin Nordhoff, Katherine Kennedy, Carolyn Yorston, Sandra Redman, Jill Galvez, Mary Beth Adderly and Ellen Zinn. Robert H. Gleason was auction chair. Andy and Karen Kohlberg were there, and Dixie and Ken Unruh, Dan Veale and Michael Keller, Luba Johnston, Darlene Davies and Paul Marshall. Globe board member Patricia Wiel made it a family affair, with husband Chris, daughters Caitlin Wiel and Kit Wells, with husband John, and son Matt and wife Svetlana.
Mary Doyle, Jo Dee Jacob
Mary Doyle, Jo Dee Jacob
Megan Drew, Theresa Wechsler
Megan Drew, Theresa Wechsler  
BEACH BLANKET BINGO: The Urban Campout, the annual fund-raiser for Girl Scouts, is the kind of party we all need to go to every once in a while. No high heels, no gowns, no tuxedos. It’s sandals, T-shirts and shorts.

This year, for the seventh annual Campout, the Girl Scouts turned their own “backyard” at the San Diego–Imperial Council’s Balboa Park headquarters into a “beach.” It’s amazing what some coconut shells and a few surfboards can do for a place. Table arrangements featuring tropical fish, shells and marine vegetation added to the scene. The Heroes played for dancing; Crown Point Catering provided dinner.

More than 500 guests turned out for the party, cohosted by KSWB, which raised more than $210,000 for scouting programs. Yes, all those cookie sales add up, but funds are needed for the amazing variety of programs scouting offers, including financial assistance to troops and camperships.

“Camp Directors” were Hollyce Phillips and Karen Brassfield, with a crew of “Camp Counselors” that included Sandra Cochrane, Melissa Smith, Kari Tessieri, Shannon Kelly, Zita Gardner, Sheila Godkin, Christy Hewitt, Winnie Reno, Deborah Schramm and Erin Kent. In the crowd were Lucy and Tom Jackson (Lucy is head of the Girl Scouts board), Larry and Susan Favrot, Susan Christopher, Linda Katz, Susan and Peter Mallory, Sandra Brue and Chris Carstens, Sue and John Major and council CEO Jo Dee Jacob.

Carolyn Farris, George and Eileen Haligowski
Carolyn Farris, George and Eileen Haligowski
Judith Harris, Robert Singer
Judith Harris, Robert Singer 
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION, ART! It may sound geographically odd, if not impossible, but “Monte Carlo Goes to the Cannes Film Festival” was what they called it. A Night in Monte Carlo has been the annual fund-raiser for the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego since, well, the days when it was La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art. Carolyn Farris and George and Eileen Haligowski were honorary chairs for the evening in the Prospect Street museum. As always, the event included dinner, dancing, casino games and much glamour from the sell-out crowd. Adding to the ambience were flickering projections of old French films. Gauloises were optional.
Ann Craig, Erika Torri, Connie Mullin
Ann Craig, Erika Torri, Connie Mullin
Yari Horilczenko
Yari Horilczenko  
HAUTE TIKI: The peripatetic members of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library travel, I imagine, with the aim of discovering new themes for the institution’s annual gala. Every year the library in La Jolla transforms itself into a different setting, always innovative and imaginative. For this 15th gala, chair Connie Mullin and cochair Ann Craig, vowing to “awe, wow and please,” chose French Polynesia and painter Paul Gauguin as the inspiration for a “Gala à la Gauguin.” The French artist’s intense colors and the Tahitian landscape gave inspiration for the décor, including a large Polynesian mural. Artist Mafalda Hicks, who creates spectacular works each year for the gala, took simple Styrofoam to craft four large tiki sculptures. Traditional dancers and drummers performed.
Ann Craig, Erika Torri, Connie Mullin

 
HITHER AND YON: The Neurosciences Institute was eclectically “Minding the Arts!” with an evening of savory fare from local restaurants and music from three local institutions. Seagate Concerts performed jazz standards, the Hutchins Consort added chamber music, and the San Diego Opera ensemble did arias from Bizet, Mozart, Donizetti, Puccini and Verdi. The institute’s bijou auditorium is available at no charge to local not-for-profit arts and educational organizations, but somebody’s got to pay the electric bill, and funds from “Minding the Arts!” will help. Linda Satz chaired the event, with a committee that included Alyson Goudy, Einar Gall, Toni Woodward Nickell, Kay North, Berit Durler and Joy Charney . . . Mainly Mozart’s Club Amadeus members enjoyed a reception and concert by pianist Anton Nel at the La Jolla home of Lisa and Ali Sadre. Esther Nahama is Club Amadeus chair; Norman Blachford and Peter Cooper sponsored the concert . . . “Night at the Tropicana” was the theme for the 35th annual gala of the Chicano Federation of San Diego County. Frank Urtasun chaired the black-tie night of dinner and dancing at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, with cochairs Josefina Montes and Lydia Gutierrez . . . Gourmet food stations with offerings from nine local chefs were the big draw for “Cruising with the Chefs,” the annual Meals on Wheels gala. Patricia DeMarce chaired, with a committee that included Cathy Webster, Bess Lambron, Peggy Matthews, Bonnie Hage, Debbie Case, Fern Murphy and Ryan Belmer.

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