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 THE CROWN JEWEL: San Diegans well-traveled in local social circles know the charity event of the year is Las Patronas’ glitzy Jewel Ball, held each summer at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. The 61st annual ball, “ARTrageous,” was attended by some 850 guests and benefited 11 local organizations. Kathryn Stephens chaired; Caroline Nierenberg and Lydia McNeil cochaired. Among the bejeweled guests: Las Patronas president Terry Cooper and husband, Greg, DeAnnaer and Larry Andrews, Dianne and James Bashor, Julie and Jonathan Bradhurst, Tanya and Charles Brandes, Cathy and Chris Carroll, Karen and Don Cohn, Cathie and Burl East, Jennifer and Richard Greenfield, Terri and Richard Kelly, and Sharon and Sami Ladeki. Also attending: Sue and Bob Lakosil, Tracy and Mark Lyon, Julie and Joe Matibag, Nancy and Bob McLeod, Maree and Michael Mossmer, incoming Las Patronas president Barbara Mulligan and husband, Michael, Iris and Matt Strauss, Sara and Derek Thomas, Steven Strauss and Lise Wilson, Ann and Phil White, Jamie and Mark Zebrowski, and Emma and Leo Zuckerman.
 ANIMAL MAGNETISM: The San Diego Humane Society’s 21st annual Fur Ball drew some 600 guests (and their four-legged friends) and honored Madeleine and T. Boone Pickens for their commitment to animals. Dave Mason and Pamela Howe shared emcee duties; Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse Grille and Janie DeCelles prepared the elegant dinner (there were morsels for pooches, too). Supporters of the popular fund-raiser, this year dubbed “Constellation of Canines,” included Dominique and John Plewes, Elizabeth and Clint Davis, Lori Walton, Patti and Ron Mix, Bill Strauss, Darcy and Bob Bingham, Vicki and Moises Baron, Ingrid Hibben, John Parker, Silvija and Brian Devine, Lynda and Richard Kerr, Christine Penrod, Nancy Vaughan, and Sherry and Larry Kline.
 STARSTRUCK: Special guest conductor Thomas Wilkins directed the San Diego Symphony, joined by pianist Hershey Felder, in “A Concert Under the Stars,” the 12th annual Symphony at Salk supper and concert. Guests gathered at Salk’s La Jolla campus for the alfresco A-list affair. Among the patrons: Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Salk Institute vice president and chief operating officer Marsha Chandler, Evelyn and Ernest Rady, Darlene Shiley, Audrey Geisel and Alex Butterfield, former Canadian prime minister Kim Campbell, Mary Jane and Robert Engman, Jean and Steve Hamerslag, Sheryl and Harvey White, Martin Sisemore, Maureen and Renato Dulbecco, Betty and Wylie Vale, Kathryn Colachis, Linda and David Hale, and Teresa and Harry Hixson.
 TO COOPERSTOWN AND BACK: The Padres presented “San Diego Celebrates Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn” at the Manchester Grand Hyatt to honor Mr. Padre post-Cooperstown and raise funds for the Tony & Alicia Gwynn Foundation, San Diego Youth & Community Services and the 2 Life 18 Foundation. Padres CEO Sandy Alderson, John Lynch and Bill Geppert were honorary chairs. Gwynn’s wife, Alicia, and daughter, Anisha, were on deck, as were player agent John Boggs, Jennifer Moores, baseball greats Steve Garvey and Rod Carew, Channel 4’s Dennis Morgigno, former Padre Mark Grant, Channel 4 play-by-play announcer Matt Vasgersian, longtime Padres announcer Jerry Coleman, sportscaster Ted Leitner, philanthropist David Perez, Craig Nichols, Jane Mitchell, Dean Harris and Walter Phillips.
 A REAL ACE: The 2007 Acura Classic Benefit for Breast Cancer gala at La Costa Resort & Spa netted $256,000 for the Scripps Polster Breast Care Center. Women’s tennis legend Pam Shriver and KPBS Radio talk show host Martha Barnette emceed. Attendees included tennis greats Jennifer Capriati and Michael Chang; Raquel Giscafre, founder of Promotion Sports, the company that owns the Acura Classic; Katherine Bell; Stacey and Jeff Feinberg; Mary K. and Ross Gilbert; Tora Grossman; Brooke Koehler; Bobbi Martini; Dorothy Menish; Susie Soll; Scripps Health president and CEO Chris Van Gorder and wife, Rosemary; and Dr. Mary Wilde, medical director of the Polster Breast Care Center.
 SOUNDS OF SUMMER: La Jolla Music Society hosted SummerFest Gala 2007 at the Rancho Santa Fe estate of June and Robert Shillman. Chaired by Camille Sobrian, the black-tie benefit featured performances by SummerFest artists——led by music director and renowned violinist Cho-Liang Lin——including violinist David Chan, violist Paul Neubauer, pianist Anne-Marie McDermott and soprano Sylvia McNair. Dolly Woo and Terri Bourne were SummerFest chairs. Patrons included Stacy and Paul Jacobs, Joy and Edward Frieman, Mary and Hudson Drake, Brenda Baker and Steve Baum, Sarah and Shahi Ghanem, Patsy and David Marino, Ellen and Tim Zinn, Marge and Neal Schmale, Susan and Dee Lew, Ellen Revelle, Betty and Bob Beyster, Karen and James Brailean, Robin Stark, Bill Strensrud and Fiona Tudor.
 BRING IN THE PROFESSIONALS: The Young Professionals Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County hosted their third annual Chocolat & Vino benefit, a sumptuous chocolate- and wine-tasting at the W Hotel. Among attendees: Big Brothers Big Sisters president and CEO Paul Palmer, YPC president Cassie Piercey and vice president Derek Anthony, Channel 8’s Dan Cohen and Natasha Stenbock, James Brennan, Carly Harrill, John Frager, Rick Sterger, Tina Rose and Doug Kurtz.
 BIEL-ICIOUS: Actress Jessica Biel joined Richard, Louise and Michael Kelly as hosts of the Ivy Hotel’s premiere opening celebration, a three-day party that featured a performance by soul sensation Joss Stone and a celebrity poker tournament. Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Vince Van Patten and Antonio Esfandiari participated in the tourney, which raised $250,000 for several nonprofit programs. Some of the more recognizable faces in the crowd: reality-TV star Brody Jenner, hip-hop royalty Nelly and Ashanti, former Lakers player and actor Rick Fox, actor Eddie Cibrian and San Diego Magazine executive editor Ron Donoho, who finished fourth in the tournament.
 SWEET CAROLINA: The Globe Guilders presented the “Celebrate Couture” champagne reception, luncheon and fashion show (featuring designs by Carolina Herrera) in support of the Old Globe Theatre. Valerie Cooper was honorary chair. Fern Wayne Murphy was fashion show chair; Charlotte Jacobs was cochair. 10News anchor Carol LeBeau emceed. Old Globe executive director Louis Spisto addressed the packed house, which included honorary committee members Darlene Gould Davies, Jake Figi, Rachel Grosvenor, Viviana Ibanez, Katherine Kennedy, Sheila Lipinsky, Marina Pastor, Phyllis Schwartz, Sally Thornton and Sheryl White.
 BATTER UP: The Padres’ Jake Peavy, Mike Cameron, Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Cla Meredith and former Padre Randy Jones swapped baseball mitts for serving trays at Acqua al 2’s Celebrity Staff Night, celebrating the Gaslamp restaurant’s seventh anniversary and benefiting The Autism Tree Project Foundation. XX Sports Radio’s Darren Smith and “Philly Billy” Werndel emceed. Also in attendance were NBC 7/39 sports anchor Jim Stone, Acqua al 2 owner and chef Martin Gonzalez and wife, Cecilia, general manager Carlos Anaya, Autism Tree Project Foundation founders Dayna and Todd Hoff, artist and autism advocate Joel Anderson and Jean Walcher.
 GOING ONCE. . . Twenty of San Diego’s most eligible singles went on the auction block at Buy Me Love Benefits’ Beach Babes and Bachelorettes fund-raiser for the Surfrider Foundation’s San Diego chapter. Held at Bar West in Pacific Beach, the event was hosted by 100.7 Jack FM’s Monique Marvez. Carly Harrill, Jennifer Gartz and KSON’s Cliff & Company morning news producer and traffic reporter Tori Peck were among the bachelorettes. Also in attendance: Buy Me Love Benefits president and cofounder Diane Michael, cofounder and vice president Katie Nation, Surfrider Foundation executive committee members Ken David and John Pappas, Scot Chisholm and Surfrider’s San Diego chapter coordinator, Bill Hickman.


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