Winners of Leonard Simpson’s “10 Best Dressed Awards” for 2013 were feted at the “Royals and Romanticism of Style” gala, a benefit for Miracle Babies, the San Diego non-profit that provides support to families with critically ill newborns. The 6th annual event, founded by Leonard Simpson and Sally B. Thornton, celebrates philanthropist who dress every day with “gloves of compassion” and a “coat of courage.” The 2013 gala included a runway show, awards ceremony, dinner, dancing and was held Nov. 21 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines.
The Old Globe Theatre’s 2013 gala, “A Magical Evening,” netted more than $1 million for the theater’s artistic and educational activities. Co-chaired by Nina Doede and Sheryl White, the black-tie event was held on The Old Globe’s historic campus in Balboa Park, San Diego.
Four La Jollans were among The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary 2014 “Women of Dedication,” selected for their outstanding service work in the community. The honorees were introduced at a Presentation Tea hosted by member Terry Cooper at her La Jolla home. La Jollans Jeanette Day, Cynthia Kronemyer, Mary Mulvihill and Anseth Page Richards, will join 10 other area humanitarians to be feted at the 49th annual Women of Dedication luncheon and fundraiser in April 2014 at the San Diego Sheraton Hotel & Marina.
Eduardo, 5, loves his present from Santa Claus and was absolutely beaming. He is one of more than 100 kids from the St. Vincent de Paul Village for homeless children in San Diego who attended the 13th annual holiday party on the rooftop of La Jolla Cove Suites, Dec. 6, 2013.
The Bird Rock Community Council (BRCC) held its holiday party Dec. 3, 2013 at Voce del Mare restaurant on La Jolla Boulevard. The BRCC also held its inaugural Winter Walk, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 along La Jolla Boulevard with live music, interactive art, merchant specials and samples. During the walk, participants had the opportunity to purchase a decorative tile designed by artist Jane Wheeler to help complete the Waverly Wall mosaic in Bird Rock Park. The project benefits Bird Rock Elementary School. More information about the Bird Rock Community Council at birdrockcc.org
Women named Barbara from across La Jolla gathered Dec. 4, 2013 at Barbarella’s Restaurant in the Shores for the annual St. Barbara’s Day party and holiday toy drive. The Barbaras were treated to cocktails and appetizers on the restaurant’s patio. In getting to know one another, several of the Barbaras asked after whom they were named. The list included actresses, grandmothers and even one Barbara’s father’s former girlfriend (the one he didn’t marry, but wished he had).
Since 1974, volunteer members of the Greater La Jolla Meals on Wheels have been serving nutritious meals to isolated homebound seniors in La Jolla and University City. Seventeen volunteers with La Jolla Meals on Wheels received recognition for their service of five to 30 years at a luncheon event Nov. 14, 2013 at All Hallows Catholic Church.
To the tune of “12 Days of Christmas,” starting at Four Calling Birds: “There are twelve ways this season, to help (your) community. Health/wellness groups, three toy drives, those helping kids and teams doing good in the town.”
La Jolla Community Foundation hosted a holiday party at George’s At The Cove on Nov. 21, 2013 to celebrate its members, its achievements and its plans for the future. At the event, Foundation Board Chair and La Jolla Light Vice President and General Manager Phyllis Pfeiffer recognized several members for their efforts on behalf of the foundation, and revealed that the 12th mural in the Murals of La Jolla collection had just gone up on the wall facing Jonathan’s Market. Foundation Executive Director Julie Bronstein announced that the organization is looking forward to implementing its “Partners In Grime” initiative to beautify and clean up the streets of La Jolla.
St. Germaine Children’s Charity, a private, nonprofit dedicated to ending the destructive cycle of child abuse, hosted its members and friends for Coffee and Conversation, Oct. 29, 2013 at the La Jolla home of Lisa Betyar and her husband, Karl Walter, owner of Old Venice Restaurant in Point Loma. The couple catered the event and welcomed speakers Annie Petersen, CEO of Association for Human-Animal Bond Studies; and Carol Davis of Paws’itive Teams and her therapy dog, Kiwi.