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RHAPSODY IN . . . GREEN: The Old Globe hosted its 22nd annual gala in celebration of the theater’s season opener, George Gershwin Alone. Chaired by Valerie Cooper, Jake Figi, Robert H. Gleason and Carolyn Yorston, the gala raised $500,000 and featured a special preview performance of George Gershwin Alone, written and performed by Hershey Felder. The Globe found “Someone To Watch Over Me” in patrons Audrey Geisel, Darlene and Donald Shiley, Conrad Prebys, Mary Beth Adderly and Richard Wright, Valerie and Harry Cooper, Gillian and Tony Thornley, Sheryl and Harvey White, Ellen and Tim Zinn, Marina and Rafael Pastor, Patricia Hayward and Michael Zucchini, Fiona Tudor and Peter Farrell, Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky, and Jane and Victor Ottenstein.

Audrey Geisel, Louis Spisto 

MARVELOUS MONACO: The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego celebrated the 30th anniversary of its glitzy Monte Carlo gala at the museum’s oceanfront location in La Jolla. Steve Strauss and Lise Wilson chaired the A-list affair, which generated more than $200,000 for MCASD’s exhibitions and education programs. Among the 600 black-and-white–bedecked guests: Mary and James Berglund, Terri and David Bourne, Tanya and Charles Brandes, Debby and Wain Fishburn, Pauline Foster, Carolyn Farris, Jennifer and Richard Greenfield, Tammy and Larry Hershfield, Debby and Hal Jacobs, Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Deb and Chuck Myers, Maryanne and Irwin Pfister, Iris and Matthew Strauss, Sally and John Thornton, and Laurie and Brent Woods.

Jonathan Shiff, Morgan Soule Jonathan Shiff, Morgan Soule 

ABUNDANT HARVEST: The Emilio Nares Foundation presented its third annual Harvest for Hope benefit at the Mission Hills estate of Bobbie Bohannon. More than 250 patrons raised $75,000-plus to support the foundation’s programs, which assist families with children battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Among guests sampling fine wines and savories prepared by chefs from San Diego’s better restaurants were Liz Copley, Cathy and Joseph Spencer, Katherine Willey, Robert Price, David Brody, Marti and Ron Montbleau, Judi Sanzo and Mitch Dembin, Judi and Ken Winslow, and Sally McPherson.

 Alejandro and Rebecca Santos
Alejandro and Rebecca Santos

SUPPER CLUB: The Scripps Research Institute hosted its annual donor appreciation dinner at the Beckman Center for Chemical Sciences in La Jolla. Institute president Richard Lerner and board chairman John J. Moores were joined by prominent researchers and patrons, including Scripps Institute board member and actor Warren Beatty and actress-wife Annette Bening, Erna and Dr. Andrew Viterbi, Jean Kellogg and Steve Kay, Carol and Harry Cebron, Ann and John Davies, Helen Dorris, Jean Erley, Pamela Vann and Donald Haake, Julie Hill, Bess Lambron, Joyce and Martin Nash, Toni Nickell, Edwin Nystrom and Lynn Schenk.

 Andrew and Erna Viterbi

CAUSE OF THE WILD: The fourth annual Jungle Masquerade roared until dawn at the La Jolla home of Laleh and Alex Roudi, grossing $90,000 for the Rainforest Alliance’s conservation programs. The more than 300 guests dressed in jungle finery (think Tarzan and Jane) included Debby and Hal Jacobs, Kerri and Drew Smith, Cecilia and Santiago Augerre, honorary chair Ted Waitt, Deni and Jeff Jacobs (accompanied by a live tiger and orangutan), Lise and Steve Wilson, Dawn Kearney and Bill Davidson, and Lorna and Chris McKellar.

Andrew and Erna Viterbi Andrew and Erna Viterbi 

AND THEY’RE OFF: The 67th season of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club came to a festive close with the 10th annual Party in the Paddock benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego. Among the revelers, race fans, trainers, jockeys and DMTC execs were Big Brothers Big Sisters president Paul Palmer, Gary Meads, Corey Nakatani, Alex Solis, Kent Desormeaux, Rollin Baugh, Bob Ike, Kurt Hoover, Scott Kaplan, Frank Riolo, Joe Harper, Tom Robbins, Felix Taverna, Tom Quigley, Jay Privman and Drew Couto.

Antonia Quast, Lisa Norton Antonia Quast, Lisa Norton 

RETIRING A NEED: St. Paul’s Retirement Homes Foundation presented the 23rd annual LUV Gala, “Dancing Under the Stars,” on the rooftop of the Western Metal Supply Building at Petco Park. Chaired by Sally Bixler, the event generated $75,000 to support at-home care of San Diego’s elderly. Honorary committee members included Sandra and Michael Murphy, Barbara and Mark DeMichele, Mary and George Jessop, Congresswoman Susan Davis, County Supervisor Greg Cox, state Senator Denise Ducheny, San Diego Councilman Kevin Faulconer, and San Diego chief operating officer Ronne Froman. Joining them on the 300-person guest list were Mike Bixler, Lenora and former San Diego city attorney John Witt, Lisa and Bill Littlejohn, Carolyn and Pat Ford, Dr. Doris Howell, and Doris and Peter Ellsworth.

Dick Thorn, David Montzingo Dick Thorn, David Montzingo 

STORYBOOK ENDING: Mayor Jerry Sanders presented C’Ann and Mark McMillin with the Champions for Children award at the Storybook Ball, hosted by Kids Included Together at the NTC Promenade at Liberty Station. Some 400 patrons raised $204,000 to support KIT, which promotes the inclusion of children with disabilities in existing childcare programs and youth and recreation groups. NBC 7/39’s Alicia Barnes emceed. Joining KIT board president Damian McKinney, founder Gayle Slate and executive director Jan Giacinti in honoring the McMillins were Vonnie McMillin, Susan and Scott McMillin, Tommi and Bob Adelizzi, Julie and Dale Yahnke, Jenn and Will Beamer, Joanne and Mitch Leibovitz, Shirley and Harold Pidgeon, Lisa and Brian Pidgeon, Paul Mosher, Laura Wilson and Karen Sanchez.

Mark and C'Ann McMillin, Jerry Sanders  

BOUNDLESS CHARITY: The International Community Foundation and Tijuana-based sister organization Fundacion Internacional de al Comunidad cohosted “San Diego–Baja California: One Region Toward a Brighter Future,” a gala to promote philanthropy in the San Diego–Baja border region. Malin Burnham and Mauricio Fernandez Margain were honorary chairs. More than 450 patrons raised $150,000 at the event, held at the Kona Kai Resort. Touting cross-border philanthropy: Monica and Richard Kiy, Rita and Luis Cabrera, Randie and Leon Reinhart, Elisabeth and Alan Rubin, Smira and Atul Patel, Debi and Bob Kelly, Irene and George Chandler, Yolanda Walther- Meade, Yolanda S. Walther-Meade, Ana Raquel and José Galicot, Mirella and Jacinto Astiazarán, and Claudia and Mario García.

Yolanda Walther-Meade, Yolanda S. Walther-Meade  

TALK OF SALK: The Salk Institute for Biological Studies hosted Symphony at Salk, a dinner and concert by the San Diego Symphony featuring special guest conductor Thomas Wilkins and Irish tenor Ronan Tynan. Françoise Gilot-Salk was honorary chair; committee members included Walter Eckhart, Peggy Matthews, Ellen Potter, Leonard Warren, Mary Lynn Gage, Marc Montminy, Patt Reeder, Mel Yoakum, Teresa Hixson, Elaine Murphy and Lisa Stellwagen.

Richard and Elaine Murphy Richard and Elaine Murphy 

MULLING ABOUT: San Diego State University’s Art Council held a sunset reception with funnyman actor Martin Mull at the downtown residence of Reinette and Marvin Levine to benefit SDSU’s School of Art, Design and Art History. Patrons included Lynette Allen, Joyce Axelrod, Lesley and David Cohn, Marilyn and Martin Colby, Mary Ann and John Eger, Judy and Bill Friedel, Joyce Gattas, Eloisa Haudenschild, Dea Hurston, Rose Lee Josephson and Erving Polster, Nadja and Manny Kauder, Esther Nahama, Arthur Ollman, Vicki Reed, Michele Schlecht and Rick Covey, Sandra Silverstein, Mina and Ed Smith, JoAnn and Dan Stoll, Sandy Teel and Earl Altshuler, Judy and Jack White, Tracy Wilborn, Ellen Yaffa, and Tina and Tom Yapelli.

Rich Badami, Danah Fayman, Deavon Badami
Rich Badami, Danah Fayman, Deavon Badami  

BEST BET: Robb Report magazine, in partnership with San Diego Magazine and Worth magazine (all CurtCo Media titles), presented “Best of the Best San Diego,” a three-day gala introducing San Diegans to some of the world’s most-prized luxury products, services and destinations. Held at The Lodge at Torrey Pines, the event featured a private-wealth dinner and golf tournament. It culminated in an elegant reception for 600 guests, who perused exquisite jewelry, world-class automobiles, models of luxury resorts and properties, while dining on gourmet delicacies provided by the area’s finer restaurants. Hosted by CurtCo CEO Bill Curtis, San Diego Magazine president Jim Fitzpatrick (with wife, Jan) and publisher Maureen Sullivan, guests included Sharon and Sami Ladeki, Anne Evans, Susan and Bill Evans, Fred Maas, Brian Guiltinan, Steve Pelzer, Diane and Roy Bell, Dianne York-Goldman and Dr. Mitch Goldman, Madeline and Herb Meistrich, and Coleen and Ed Trimble.

Frann Vettor Gray, Carol Brodie, Jim Gray, Carol Taylor
Frann Vettor Gray, Carol Brodie, Jim Gray, Carol Taylor
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