La Jolla Newcomers Club hosted a “Summer Blast” party June 8, 2014 at the La Jolla Alta Clubhouse. Members gathered to give a big thank you to the board members and interest group chairs that served this past year and to welcome the new board. The tone of the delightful afternoon was set to music by Essentially Jazz, and chef John Bocuzzi of Verona Bistro prepared a scrumptious Italian dinner.
If you’ve ever driven past a jacaranda tree blooming with purple flowers throughout La Jolla and San Diego, odds are it was one of the 2,200 planted by the Village Garden Club of La Jolla since its inception in 1986. On June 4, 2014, members of the Village Garden Clubof La Jolla gathered at Kate Sessions Park to publicly recognize the donors who make it possible for the club to purchase, plant and care for the trees.
Grammy winning singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins was the guest performer at the sixth annual “Dream On” concert gala June 9, 2014 at the hilltop home of La Jolla philanthropist Joan Waitt. A benefit for Promises2Kids, the event featured a cocktail reception, live and silent auctions, dinner and music after sunset.
Guests at the La Jolla Town Council’s May 16 SunSetter mixer at La Jolla Community Center perused works on display from the Allied Artists Association of San Diego and enjoyed music from The Preservationists Dixieland jazz band at Mission Bay High School, as well as music from pianist Susie Schick and San Diego Opera tenor Alexis Alfaro.
The inaugural Paws & Pints fundraiser, held at La Jolla Brewing Co. May 15, 2014 garnered about $7,000 for Friends of County Animal Shelters (FOCAS). The proceeds were donated in the name of Peggy Howell, a FOCAS co-founder who passed away in 2013.
Live and silent auctions to benefit Scripps Cancer Center patient support services took place May 8, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine with the 23rd annual “Spinoff Went Hollywood” fundraiser. The event also featured cocktails, dinner and entertainment. Teresa and Randy Cundiff served as co-chairs and the event’s honorary chair was actress Marion Ross, best known for her role as “Mrs. C” on the TV series “Happy Days.”
It was the 23rd annual “Mama’s Day,” at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla Aventine on May 9, 2014 to raise funds for Mama’s Kitchen, a San Diego-based nonprofit that cooks and delivers hot, nutrition-specific meals to men, women and children affected by AIDS or cancer throughout the county, free of charge.
The La Jolla Playhouse Gala on March 29, 2014 celebrated 30 years of groundbreaking theater at the Tony Award-winning institution, since the rebirth of the Playhouse on the UC San Diego campus.
The 33rd annual UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Gala, “Spark!” took place April 26 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine to raise funds for the Hospital for Cancer Care at Jacobs Medical Center, opening in 2016. The evening featured a cocktail reception, dinner and performance by R&B singer Heather Headley, followed by dancing.
Voices for Children’s President’s Circle donors came together for a cocktail party at the La Jolla home of VFC board member Jill Skrezyna and her husband Alex Sun. The guest speakers were Juvenile Court Judge Carol Isackson and her daughter, Amy, who for the past two years has served as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer.