Bradbury/Farrell chair Starry Starry Night benefit for children in foster care

Along with their husbands, Annette Bradbury (left) and Lisette Farrell are co-chairing Voices for Children’s “Starry Starry Night” gala, Sept. 28. The event benefits the 5,600 foster children of San Diego County. Photo: Alan Decker.

• Annette Bradbury is a pharmacist and community volunteer. She served on The Gillispie School’s board of trustees, 2006-2012, and led it during the independent learning institution’s recent $4.5 million Endowment for Excellence in Teaching. She serves on The Bishop’s School board of trustees and is vice president of Las Patronas. Between 1985 and 2000, she held various pharmaceutical positions at companies and hospitals in San Diego, the U.K., and the United Arab Emirates. She received her Bachelor of Pharmacy in 1984 from London University and her Professional Certificate in Clinical Trial Design & Management in 1999 from UCSD. A native of England, Annette has lived in La Jolla for 18 years with her husband, Dan, and two children.

• Lisette Farrell holds a Master of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona, an M.B.A. from INCAE in Costa Rica, and a B.A. in Marketing (Magna cum Laude) from Universidad Santa Maria La Antigua in her native Panama. Before getting busy with her family, she worked at Visa International as the manager for consumer credit products for the Latin America and Caribbean regions. She was in charge of launching Visa Platinum throughout the region and responsible for the management of Visa Gold.

She has been volunteering since college, where she was the secretary of the student government board of directors.

She is an active member of Las Patronas and serves on the boards of San Diego Symphony and Voices for Children. She is a member of the Contemporary Collectors at the MCASD, the Director’s Circle at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) and the Symphony Sweethearts. Along with her husband, Mick, she is involved with the Athenaeum and the La Jolla Playhouse.

She chaired the New Children’s Museum 2011 gala and was an honorary chair for the 2011 San Diego Center for Children’s gala. She also co-chaired the 2012 Wine, Women and Shoes benefit for Voices for Children, was part of the committee for the New Children’s Museum 2012 gala, and will chair the 2014 San Diego Zoo gala, RITZ.

10 QUESTIONS for Annette Bradbury

What brought you to La Jolla?

My husband’s work in the biotechnology industry brought us to San Diego from England in 1995. We lived in UTC for a year while we got to know San Diego, before settling in La Jolla. La Jolla has been a wonderful community in which to raise our kids, now 16 and 13, with great schools and great friends.

What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?

If I could snap my fingers and change one thing about La Jolla it would be to remove the traffic congestion. All the four-way stops and pedestrians slow traffic to a snail’s pace. I’m used to roundabouts in England and think they are safer (you only have to check for vehicles coming in one direction!) and keep the traffic flowing.

Who or what inspires you?

San Diego has been very good to us, so the wonderful life that we enjoy here inspires me to give back to the community. My work with Las Patronas has shown me how 50 dedicated, hard-working women can make a tremendous difference in our community; donating more than $17 million to San Diego-based non-profits over the last 67 years. My husband and I have supported Voices for Children for many years because of the critical work they do with San Diego’s foster children and it has been a pleasure to work with Lisette and Mick Farrell to make this year’s Starry Starry Night the most successful ever.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

Jane Austen; Nelson Mandela; Winston Churchill; Charles Darwin; Andy Murray (the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years); my favorite musician, John Legend; and my husband, Dan and me.

What are you currently reading?

After a busy summer, I’m catching up on my summer book club reading — “And the Mountains Echoed,” by Khaled Hosseini and “Wishful Drinking,” by Carrie Fisher.

What is it that you most dislike?

People who are not genuine; I want people to say what they mean and mean what they say.

What is your most-prized possession?

Life experiences are more important to me than possessions, but my photographs are the one possession I’d be devastated to lose.

What do you do for fun?

Photography is my creative outlet. I enjoy documenting my family’s life and travels, and I love messing around in Photoshop. Much to my 16-year-old daughter’s chagrin, I’m a newly avid fan of Instagram!

What is your philosophy of life?

I have always believed you should treat all people the way you would like to be treated and I love this quote from Napoleon Hill, “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”

What would be your dream vacation?

I’m lucky to have traveled extensively and seen a lot of the world. My dream vacation would be any exploration with my family involving new experiences, a different culture, and great food and wine.

10 QUESTIONS FOR Lisette Farrell

What brought you to La Jolla?

My husband’s work at ResMed brought us to this beautiful part of the world.  We are so blessed to live in La Jolla, and cannot imagine a better place to raise our children. Also, we have found so many great friends that we now consider family!

What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?

I would make the La Jolla Shores beach water as warm as the Caribbean and I would eliminate the marine layer  — no more June gloom or May gray!

Who or what inspires you?

My husband and my two beautiful children inspire me every single day.

Also, so many children in need and suffering inspire me to dedicate my time and effort to work with great charities to try to help and make a difference in their lives. Voices for Children is one of them, and it is dear and near my heart for the superb work they and their volunteer CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocates) do on behalf of San Diego’s foster children.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

Benjamin Franklin, Pablo Picasso, Christopher Columbus, Jesus Christ, Albert Einstein, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Mother Teresa and my husband, Mick.

What are you reading?

I am currently reading “A Fortunate Life,” an Australian classic about the extraordinary journey of an ordinary man.

What is it that you most dislike?


What is your most-prized possession?

Although they are not my material possessions, my daughter, my son and my husband are my most valuable and priceless treasures.

What do you do for fun?

I love to dance and enjoy a great meal and a nice glass of wine with good friends and family.

What is your motto or philosophy of life?

Dance like nobody’s watching;

Love like you’ve never been hurt.

Sing like nobody’s listening

Live like it’s heaven on Earth.

What would be your dream vacation?

I would go with my family to relax in Bora Bora, one of the most beautiful islands I have ever been to.

Editor’s note: The 11th annual Starry Starry Night will be held Sept. 28 at Rancho Valencia Resort in Rancho Santa Fe, with a cocktail hour, followed by a gourmet dinner served al fresco, a live auction, musical entertainment, and dancing under the canopy of stars. Stellar tickets ($500 per person) and VIP Lunar tickets ($1,000 per person) are available at (858) 598-2222 or

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