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Las Patronas Jewel Ball: Mexico’s flavors and culture inspire 2018 gala

Nicole and Leandro Velazquez, Kelly and Jason Kent, Jennifer and Matthew Edstrom, Sherry and Jeff Macelli
Nicole and Leandro Velazquez, Kelly and Jason Kent, Jennifer and Matthew Edstrom, Sherry and Jeff Macelli
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The Las Patronas Jewel Ball took place Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, marking the 72nd time the annual fundraiser was held since 1946. With the 2018 theme “Viva La Vida,” guests were treated to elaborate sets, exquisite culinary treats and inspiring entertainment that celebrated the vitality of life south of the border — all through a year-long effort to raise grant money for charitable causes. Jennifer Edstrom was this year’s Jewel Ball Chair. For information about Las Patronas, visit laspatronas.org

Melissa Murfey, Mark and Kelly Kjos, Martha Sottosanti, Tom and Megan Cox
Melissa Murfey, Mark and Kelly Kjos, Martha Sottosanti, Tom and Megan Cox
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Mariachi band members with Elizabeth Estey, Kristi Pieper, Gina Hixson
Mariachi band members with Elizabeth Estey, Kristi Pieper, Gina Hixson
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Joe and Lisa D’Angelo, Clarissa Keyes, Cheryl Cousino, Kathryn and Laurent Hamon
Joe and Lisa D’Angelo, Clarissa Keyes, Cheryl Cousino, Kathryn and Laurent Hamon
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Bill and Jeanne Larson, Lorna Alksne and Chris McKellar
Bill and Jeanne Larson, Lorna Alksne and Chris McKellar
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Jim and Cindy Wollaeger, Martha and Edward Dennis
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Thomas and Ashley Verhagen, Ashley and Tim Nelson
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Raul and Lisa Albanez, Mary Powell, Stephen Crandall
Raul and Lisa Albanez, Mary Powell, Stephen Crandall
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Kathrine Cassidy, Meredith Pathria, Chris and Stevie Howton, Wendy Abramson
Kathrine Cassidy, Meredith Pathria, Chris and Stevie Howton, Wendy Abramson
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Tom and Elaine Murphy, Annette Bradbury, Cathy Carroll, Brett Carroll
Tom and Elaine Murphy, Annette Bradbury, Cathy Carroll, Brett Carroll
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Stephen Ferruolo, Julie Robinson, Marilyn and Greg Noonan
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Pam and Jerry Cesak
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Kathliene and Jon Sundt
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Jim and Joy Furby
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