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Jewell Ball Rained Out First Time in 68 Years

San Diego Charity News for August 18



Outdoor Ballroom of La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club the evening of the 2013 Jewel Ball, Lucky 13.

The 68th annual Jewel Ball, Moonlit Mambo was scheduled for Aug. 2 at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. After 15 months of planning, the 50 Las Patronas members and their board of directors had to cancel the event due to rain and thunderstorms that put their guests, vendors and employees at risk.

“We were so excited to present this special evening, as a way to celebrate our beneficiary organizations who work every day to make San Diego a better place” said Moonlit Mambo Jewel Ball Chair, Susie Piegza. Even though the Ball had to be canceled, the beneficiaries will be funded. “We are thrilled that our yearlong fundraising efforts will fund so many critical needs in our community, and we are very thankful to all our supporters for helping us in this effort” said Las Patronas President Jena Joyce. This year’s major beneficiaries will each receive $20,000 in January. Among those organizations are Promises2Kids, San Diego Blood Bank, San Diego Junior Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse and Parkinson’s Association of San Diego.

Outdoor Ballroom of La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club as members scramble to save the set tables of the 2014 Jewel Ball, Moonlit Mambo.

Hyatt Regency La Jolla prepared the menu which they put into storage and provided the food to SOME, So Others May Eat, in installments as needed. SOME is a homeless outreach program serving food in three locations and a past recipient of a Las Patronas grant.

Jewel Ball Design Co-Chair Kathryn Gayner serving the dinner at So Others May Eat, the recipient of the Jewel Ball food.

Those wishing to donate to Las Patronas in support of the designated beneficiaries can go to www.laspatronas.org/jewel-ball.

The 2014 Midway American Patriot Award Gala is being held on Aug. 28 aboard the USS Midway Museum to honor the “Battle of Midway Heroes.” Among the sponsors are United Healthcare Military & Veterans, The Fish Market, Jack in the box Foundation, Torrey Pines Bank SDG&E, BAE Systems, Pacific Western Bank and US Bank.

San Diego Botanic Garden is holding its 15th Annual Gala in the Garden on Sept. 6. The 2014 Paul Ecke, Jr. Award of Excellence Honoree is Eric Larson, Executive Director of the San Diego County Farm Bureau. Larson is being recognized for his work in San Diego County’s agricultural industry. His efforts to promote the growth of agriculture in San Diego County align with San Diego Botanic Garden’s mission to inspire people of all ages to connect with plants and nature.

North County Health Services is holding its 10th annual charity golf classic on Aug. 19 at The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe. Former Chargers Hank Bauer and Pet Shaw and former Padre Gene Locklear are included among golfers in an effort to raise funds for the new NCHS Mission Mesa Pediatrics Health Center in Oceanside which provides services for uninsured and underinsured children.

Salk Institute professor Tony Hunter has been awarded the 2014 Royal Medal for biological sciences by the Royal Society, a fellowship of scientists based in the United Kingdom. Hunter was recognized for his contributions to the understanding of the chemical signaling that tells cells when to multiply. "Tony Hunter's discoveries have changed the landscape for the treatment of cancer and other related diseases and underscores the importance of basic science," says William Brody, president of the Salk Institute. "All of us at the Salk Institute are thrilled that the Royal Society is recognizing Dr. Hunter's groundbreaking discoveries with the award of the Royal Medal."

The Guardians of San Diego’s 23rd Annual Golf & Tennis Tournament raised $150,000 to benefit the Resident Assistance Fund at Seacrest Village Retirement Communities. The Tournament was held on July 28 at the Del Mar Country Club and was presented by The William Gumpert Foundation.“Charitable care is assistance for those whose savings have been depleted due to illness or injury and for those who simply have no one to turn to for help,” said Devin Chodorow, President of the Guardians of San Diego and Co-Chair of the 2014 Tournament Committee.

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