By Susan DeMaggio
With its 65th annual Jewel Ball just three months away, the Las Patronas board unveiled plans for “Sapphire” at a breakfast for advisory members and the press April 27 at Hotel Parisi.
Ball Chair Sue Wagener used the occasion to take the group down memory lane, highlighting the headlines and hemlines of the six decades since “12 women with a vision” established the Jewel Ball tradition in 1946. To date, Wagener said, the ball has generated $15 million for charities throughout San Diego County — last year alone, $780,000 was given to 43 non-profits.
Vice president Lisa Albanez said Sapphire has an incredible fund-raising job ahead, as this year Las Patronas has received 180 applications for grants totaling $3.8 million. She said “minor” beneficiaries have been given grants this spring: Coggan Family Aquatic Complex, Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, Friends of Scott Foundation, La Jolla YMCA, Mama’s Kitchen, Noah Homes, San Diego Police Foundation, San Diego Rescue Mission, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Scripps Research Institute, St. Paul’s Seniors Homes, Supporting Alternative Solutions, The Preuss School, UCSD Medical Center Bannister Family House, and Women’s Museum of California.
The 2011 “major” beneficiaries will be Arc of San Diego, Family Health Care Centers of San Diego, Friends of The Riford Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Mountain Health& Community Services, REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program, San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation, San Diego Food Bank, San Diego Junior Theatre, Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista, UCSD Shiley Eye Center and YMCA of San Diego County.
If you go
What: 65th Jewel Ball “Sapphire”
When: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6
Where: La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
Highlights: Silent auction, music by Liquid Blue, dinner, dancing, cocktails