La Jolla Town Council names recipients of fall dance fundraiser

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By Pat Sherman

During its July 11 meeting La Jolla Town Council (LJTC) trustees voted to establish the following as recipients of the group’s first annual “Dancing with La Jolla Stars” fundraiser: The La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival, the La Jolla Community Center, and the LJTC general fund (to fund various community projects).

The event, hosted by Mary Murphy (a celebrity judge on TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance”) is set for Oct. 5 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines.

LJTC trustees also voted to approve partnering with Las Patronas to promote the event. In exchange for the philanthropic organization’s promotional prowess, LJTC will give Las Patronas 10 percent of the net proceeds from “Dancing with La Jolla Stars.”

“This whole event started because there’s so many great projects in La Jolla that need help,” event organizer Nancy Gardner said. “San Diego just doesn’t have enough money to give us what La Jolla needs.”

Gardner said some money would likely be set aside from the net proceeds as seed money for next year’s event.

La Jolla Realtor Charles Schevker was thanked for helping organize the fundraiser, and trustee Ramin Pourteymour was thanked for paying the deposit needed to secure the venue.

Gardner said she is still seeking sponsors to underwrite the food, lighting, sound and other aspects of the event. For information, contact Gardner at or (858) 456-3000.

In other Town Council news

Christopher Beach, president and artistic director of the La Jolla Music Society, gives a presentation on the organization and its SummerFest program, which kicks off July 31 with a free concert in Scripps Park.

SummerFest teaser:

Christopher Beach, president and artistic director of the La Jolla Music Society, gave a presentation on the society and its upcoming SummerFest music program in the Village.

For 44 years, the society has been bringing classical music and culture from around the globe to La Jolla, Beach said.

“We present the great international orchestras like the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and famous classic music musicians (like) Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Pearlman and major, international dance companies … from all over the world,” he said. “This coming season we are adding a new cabaret series and a new recital series.”

Beach said the society’s annual SummerFest program began 27 years ago with five performances and now has 16.

“We bring over 100 musicians throughout the month of August to the Village,” he said. “They live in our homes, they eat in the restaurants. … It has become for many of these artists the high point of their year to come back to La Jolla.”

The SummerFest program kicks off July 31 with a 7:30 p.m. program by San Diego Youth Symphony in Ellen Browning Scripps Park. For more information, visit

Holiday angels

: Trustee John Donaldson and his wife, Karen, were thanked for donating $2,000 to the La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival.

Mentoring program

: Alberto Ramirez gave a presentation on a program for Latino youth involved in football, kicking off at La Jolla High School in August.

Ramirez, a board member with the Latin American Political Association, said coaches, teachers and administrators would work with the youth, who will be required to maintain good grades in order to continue playing football.



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