La Jolla Town Council names recipients of fall dance fundraiser


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

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.

“We have found that if you ask a student, ‘What would you like to be?’ it’s kind of a tough question sometimes, so we’re reversing the question order, asking, ‘What would you like to have?’ ” Ramirez said. “Then we create the goals, based on that, and then a plan to achieve those goals.”

For more information, contact Ramirez at or (619) 987-2109.

Challenged Athletes

: Virginia Tinley, executive director of the Challenged Athletes Foundation, gave a presentation on the nonprofit, formed in La Jolla 20 years ago to raise money for the late Jim MacLaren, who became a quadriplegic after being hit by a car while on his bicycle.

“A group of his friends wanted to do a fundraiser to buy him an adaptive van to help him get some independence back,” Tinely said.

She said the first event raised $49,000, and currently brings in about $1 million.

The event raises money for adaptive sports equipment, which is not covered by most insurance plans. To date, Challenged Athletes Foundation has awarded grants to more than 8,000 people with physical disabilities around the world.

About 700 people will participate in the annual San Diego Triathlon Challenge on Oct. 20, which begins at La Jolla Cove and Ends at Torrey Pines State Beach — including more than 100 challenged athletes competing in adaptive race chairs, hand cycles and running prosthetics.

“You really see where the money goes and you meet the people who are helped,” Tinley said.

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Throat cleanup

: Trustee Egon Kafka said there is enthusiasm for a spontaneous cleanup of the area along La Jolla Parkway where motorists enter La Jolla (also referred to as ‘the throat’). To join in the effort or for more information, contact Kafka at

White Party

: Dan Courtney said the 17th annual La Jolla Summer White Party will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at three homes in La Jolla Shores. The event, to include entertainment, food, drinks, live music and fire dancers, raises money for the Alzheimer’s Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties. More information at

Day at the Beach

: WindanSea Surf Club will hold its next Day at the Beach event for 30-40 people with special needs, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 20 at La Jolla Shores beach. Participants are treated to a day of surf instruction and lunch. “Everyone gets a trophy or a medal,” said club spokesperson Harold Reid, who invites people to witness the free event.

Meet Scott Peters

: 52nd District Congressmember Scott Peters will hold his next “Congress On Your Corner” town hall forum 2:30 p.m. July 27 at University Community Branch Library, 4115 Governor Drive in UTC. Peters and his staff will be available to answer questions afterwards. For information, call (858) 455-5550.