A San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles Preview Party was held at the one of this year’s Gardens of the Year winners. Greg Hebert, Parker Piner, Paul Allen Wehsener and Shannon Crane Wehsener worked together on the Rancho Santa Fe property, whose front courtyard was showcased on the cover of the magazine’s August issue.
About 850 guests attended Las Patronas’ 69th annual Jewel Ball at La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. A six-piece cello ensemble greeted guests at the entrance to the French-themed event. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres were served with French music in the background, and a poolside silent auction was set amid a Parisian setting. A cancan revue called guests to dinner on the tennis courts transformed into a formal French garden. Las Patronas raises funds to support numerous nonprofits.
St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center held its 38th Annual Haute With Heart Fashion Show at Hilton San Diego Bayfront. The event included boutique shopping, silent and live auctions, and a presentation by the center’s performing arts students. Funds raised support programs at the center, which provides services to more than 400 adults with developmental disabilities.
Jolee and Larry Pink’s Encinitas garden served as the backdrop to an art-filled concert benefiting Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center. Guests participated in a silent auction while enjoying Chef Brandon Brooks’ gourmet tastings and the music of Jimmy Patton, Enrique Platas and 12-year-old Ella Shreiner.
In recognition of the 100-year anniversary of the Panama-California Exposition at Balboa Park, Patrons of the Prado held its largest fundraiser to date at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. The Patrons supports 11 arts and cultural organizations at the park. Arlene and Richard Esgate and Jack McGrory chaired the gala.
The Old Globe celebrated its 80th anniversary at its annual gala in support of the theater’s education and artistic programs. A caberet performance by Carmen Cusack followed a reception on the Globe’s Copley Plaza. Then guests enjoyed dinner and dancing to the sounds of The Cab Calloway Orchestra. Pamela Cesak, Jo Ann Kilty and Vicki Zeiger chaired the event.
The 32nd Annual Wine & Roses took place on the lawn of The Grand Del Mar. The event is presented by the Social Service Auxiliary of San Diego to ensure that children from disadvantaged families can enjoy the 20-acre nonprofit Camp Oliver in Descanso and help fund maintenance and upgrades to camp facilities. Wine & Roses presents the winning wines from the San Diego International Wine Competition. Attendees were able to buy winning wines, as well as taste them. The event also included a silent auction and gourmet foods.
San Diego Zoo’s 32nd annual fundraising gala, Rendezvous in the Zoo, began with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception that included a silent auction and animal presentations by zookeepers, trainers and conservation ambassador Joan Embery. A gourmet dinner, dancing to the Wayne Foster Orchestra and live auction took place in an elaborately decorated “night-sky ballroom.” Carol Vassiliadis and her family offered to double every dollar donated up to $1 million for a home for the endangered African penguins.
St. Germaine Children’s Charity presented its annual membership recognition and grants award luncheon at La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. Proceeds from the event benefit 11 San Diego organizations whose mission is to prevent child neglect and abuse. Social Advocates for Youth received this year’s Barbara Christiansen Award. Founded in 1984 by the award’s namesake, St. Germaine has contributed more than $4 million to the fight against child abuse.
At-Hom opened its Kettner Boulevard showroom for an invitation-only design trends presentation by Arteriors lighting company. Guests enjoyed refreshments while perusing At-Hom’s inventory of home furnishings prior to the presentation of Arteriors’ spring collection by Jen Dolan, national sales manager for the Texas-based lighting company
Tony Chen and Angie Theis-Chen, owners of the Del Mar home featured on the cover of San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyle’s June issue, hosted a Preview Party to recognize their architect, Lew Dominy, and others who helped them create their custom home. Guests toured the property and enjoyed refreshments while taking in the expansive view from lower and upper-level decks.
Karl Gobel and Chris Olstad hosted a Preview Party celebrating their home winning one of San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyle’s Kitchens of the Year awards, presented in the magazine’s June issue. Their kitchen designers Donna Tran of Borrelli Design + Cabinet
The Globe Guilders, a volunteer auxiliary that supports the programs of The Old Globe Theatre, held its annual fashion show and luncheon at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel. Guests enjoyed a reception and silent and live auctions in addition to the lun
Jake and Kyndra Leach hosted a San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles Preview Party at their La Jolla residence, which was featured on the magazine's May cover. Guests enjoyed touring the home before the issue hit newsstands and meeting the architect, Tim Golba, builder Sean Morgan of Redline Custom Contracting; and interior designer Audrey Soldau of Bravado Design
St. Madelaine Sophie's Center hosted more than 500 guests at its 17th Annual Morning Glory Brunch. In addition to food, wine and beer tastings, the event included live entertainment, art demonstrations, boutique shopping and auctions. The center's 10th annual frog race, with $15,000 in cash prizes, raised $28,210 from the purchase of a record 567 frogs. Proceeds were designated for the center's 2-acre organic garden and aquatics program.
Bijan and Lily Farrokhi, the owners of Rug Expo, invited guests to a reception celebrating the expansion of their showroom on Miramar Road. In addition to exploring the inventory of rugs (many of which are handmade in India, Pakistan, Turkey and Morocco), invitees enjoyed the catered food and beverages and live guitar music.
The La Jolla Concours d'Elegance kicked off with a Rolls-Royce Motor Cars cocktail party presented by CJ Charles Jewelers and La Valencia Hotel. Rolls-Royce automobiles were parked on the street in front of the hotel, while live and DJ music filled the front courtyard. Guests were treated to gourmet hors d'oevres, themed cocktails and wine.
The Village Garden Club of La Jolla presented its 13th annual Expressions in Art and Flowers events on April 29-30 in Hashinger Hall at Torrey Pines Christian Church. The 2015 show chaired by Margie Smith-Haas and co-chair, Mary McSweeney, featured 40 botanical arrangements by club members who drew their inspiration from 40 works of art created by artists in the club. The VGCLJ is made up of 425 members and supports programs such as Schoolyard Garden Grants, Penny Pines California Reforestation, Torrey Pines State Reserve Native Plant Restoration, the Moores Cancer Center Healing Garden of Hope, Bouquets of Thanks for the Veterans Hospital, and the Jacaranda Tree Planting Project.
The Alzheimer’s Association San Diego/Imperial Chapter held its annual Memories in the Making art auction at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. The evening began with a reception and silent auction of works by Alzheimer’s artists and works of professional artists inspired by them. KUSI reporter and news anchor Kristen Cusato served as emcee. Auctioneer Clint Bell generated active bidding during the live auction of artworks.
Vista Hill’s 24th Annual Fashion Show at the Town and Country Resort included shopping opportunities among 17 boutiques prior to a luncheon and runway show of spring styles. KUSI news anchor Sandra Maas served as mistress of ceremonies for the Bollywood-themed event that attracted more than 400 attendees and raised almost $70,000. Proceeds benefit Vista Hill’s Juvenile Justice & Community Services programs.