DREAM BIG: La Jolla Music Society presented its WinterFest gala, “Dream a Little Dream,” at the Stephen & Mary Birch North Park Theatre. Chaired by Mary and Hudson Drake, Fiona Tudor and Peter Farrell, the fund-raising event featured entertainment by Max Rabe & the Palast Orchester.
BETTER TOGETHER: Former President Bill Clinton was the keynote speaker at the United Jewish Federation of San Diego County’s “Together as One” event at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Murray Galinson, Michael Levinson, Judy Lilenthal, Laura Tauber and Kevin Wechter chaired the celebration marking UJF’s 70th anniversary.
NEW BEGINNINGS: Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, which provides free reconstructive plastic surgery to disadvantaged children with physical deformities, hosted its 15th annual Celebrity Golf Classic weekend at Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe. Celeb golfers included David Justice, Seth Joyner, Tina Mickelson-Topacio, Darren Carrington, Marcus Allen, Mike Scifres, Brad Daluiso and Scooter McGruter.
IN GOOD COMPANY: The San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame hosted its sixth annual induction ceremony at the Price Center Ballroom on the campus of the University of California, San Diego. Fox6 anchor Angela Chee introduced the 2007 inductees: Sara “Madre Sarita” Macias Vasquez, Ellen Browning Scripps, Sister Patricia Shaffer, Belle Jennings Benchley, Tanja Winter, Clara Estelle Breed and Joan Embery.
MOONSHINE: A slew of NFL greats teamed up for the 15th annual Junior Seau Celebrity Golf Classic weekend at La Costa Resort & Spa, highlighted by the Legends Party, honoring Warren Moon. Supporters included former Chargers Drew Brees and John Carney, Reggie Bush, Ronnie Lott, Lee Elder, Deacon Jones, Marcus Allen and Andre Reed.
GLORIA-OUS DAY: Gloria Steinem headlined the Center for Community Solutions’ “Tea by the Sea” benefit at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. The annual event raises funds for sexual-assault and domestic-violence prevention and intervention services. 10News anchor Lisa Kim emceed.
VROOM, VROOM: The Keating, San Diego’s newest luxury boutique hotel, was officially unveiled in an exclusive party at its Gaslamp Quarter address. The 35-room property is the world’s first hotel designed by Pininfarina, the Italian firm behind Ferrari and Masarati.
A STERLING SILVER: The George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers’ 25th anniversary celebration honored its most-generous supporters at the “Silver Lining” gala at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. Darlene and Donald Shiley and University of California, San Diego chancellor Marye Anne Fox were honorary chairs of the black-tie event, which recognized the Shileys as among the center’s primary benefactors. Other spotlighted supporters included W. Major Chance, Audrey Geisel, Alicia and Steve Hamlin, Lori and Paul Hogan, and Loren Shook.
INSPIRED SOULS: More than 450 patrons of Jewish Family Service raised $560,000 at the annual Heart & Soul gala, themed “Inspirations.” Held at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, the event honored Ronnie Diamond, the Stone Family Foundation and the Viterbi Family Foundation. Nadja Kauder, Barbara Lubin and Felicia Mandelbaum chaired; celebrated mezzo-soprano Ava Baker Liss performed.
LEGAL HELP: The San Diego chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel America held its sixth annual “Black & White Ball” at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, benefiting Kids Included Together. Elizabeth Daniels was chair; committee members included John Cottingham, Diana Geerdes, Dan Hapke, Jon Hellings, Anne Marie Oldham, Sheri and Steven Spector, and Hillary Wilson.
SALUTATIONS: The San Diego Hall of Champions inducted its class of 2007 and recognized the top local athletes of the past year with the “Salute to Champions” dinner and ceremony at the Town & Country Resort in Mission Valley. Inductees included Padres relief pitcher Rich “Goose” Gossage, Chargers defensive tackle Gary “Big Hands” Johnson and Padres executive Emil Joseph “Buzzie” Bavasi. Honored with the Breitbard Stars of the Year award: Trevor Hoffman, Phil Mickelson and LaDainian Tomlinson.
EYES ON THE PRIZE: The Inamori Foundation and the Kyoto Symposium Organization hosted the sixth annual Kyoto Laureate Symposium, a three-day celebration of the life and work of the three recently named laureates: immunologist and geneticist Leonard Herzenberg, mathematician Hirotugu Akaike and Japanese designer Issey Miyake. Irwin Jacobs was honorary chair of the benefit gala at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina; Tom Fat and Arturo Rivera cochaired.