“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was the theme of the Patrons of the Prado gala on July 12, 2014 in Balboa Park, San Diego. Beatles-inspired music came from Wayne Foster Entertainment. Sandy Redman and Jeanne Jones served as event chairs. 2014’s beneficiaries are the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego Museum of Art and The Old Globe Theatre.
Torrey Pines (La Jolla) Rotary Club marked its 50th anniversary with a dinner celebration June 28, 2014 at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe. Known as the Rotary with the wine club, members have traveled to France and Italy and maintain contacts with Rotarians there. The club often works locally with veterans, military, needy families and its own international projects.
The La Jolla Hat Show on June 29 featured a three-course lunch and fashion show with hats by Jill Courtemanche Millinery, Greenpacha and Ann Demeulemeester at Bijou French Bistro (formerly Amaya La Jolla) 1205 Prospect St., La Jolla. This year’s beneficiary was the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation. Mary Soriano chaired the event.
The opening night party for “The Orphan of Zhao” July 11, 2014 at La Jolla Playhouse was attended by sponsors, board members and the press with rave reviews coming from all. Some critics have likened the epic tragedy to the Chinese version of “Hamlet,” starring BD Wong. It runs through Aug. 3 on La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandel Weiss stage on the UC San Diego campus.
Kiwanis Club of La Jolla’s 51st annual pancake breakfast July 19, 2014 at La Jolla Recreation Center fed and entertained more than 900 attendees. Noting that the primary purpose of the party is for the community to come out and have a good time, event organizers proclaimed the event a success — especially for the kids under age 10 who can eat for free.
The La Jolla YMCA will get a new look and a new name next year thanks to a $5 million donation from the McKinney family of La Jolla.
The Athenaeum hosted its 25th annual Patron Dinner on June 23, 2014 at the music and arts library, 1008 Wall St. The membership library is home to an ever-expanding collection of books, periodicals, reference material, compact discs, videocassettes, DVDs, sheet music and librettos, as well as a significant collection of artists’ books. The Athenaeum also presents an eclectic, year-round schedule of art exhibitions, concerts (classical, jazz and new music), lectures, studio art classes, tours and special events.
St. Germaine’s annual Membership and Grants Award Luncheon took place June 10, 2014 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. In attendance were outgoing and incoming St. Germaine officers (and a few doing both) plus representatives of 13 San Diego child abuse prevention agencies receiving grant checks. One of these, Hannah’s House, was also chosen to receive the annual Barbara Christensen Heart of San Diego Award.
This year’s National Charity League San Diego graduating class (Ticktockers) included young women who completed the six-year program and were presented at “Once Upon A Time … Her Story Begins,” a celebration in their honor at the Hyatt Aventine during the 2014 Memorial Day weekend.
Meals on Wheels’ Buccaneer Ball (aka Swashbuckling for San Diego Seniors) was held June 14, 2014 at the San Diego Sheraton Resort and Marina on Harbor Island. Some 300 guests were in attendance to raise $175,000 for the program that brings hot meals to the ill and the elderly. The pirates in attendance partook of a silent auction, cocktails and the 5th annual Chef Appetizer Challenge, and then dinner and dancing.