The Jewel Ball is the jewel of all fund-raising galas in San Diego, and it’s always held right here in La Jolla. The ladies of Las Patronas - a La Jolla-based charitable organization - work all year long to raise funds, plan, and design these spectacular events, and the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club always looks fabulous when the doors finally open for the big bash.
This year’s black-tie extravaganza, Las Patronas’ 61st Jewel Ball, was another blockbuster for the organization - and the sold-out crowd had a rip-roarin’ good time. The evening began with cocktails and a silent auction that spread across the pool area. Guests were called to dinner at 8:30 p.m., where they dined and danced until the wee hours.
The committee took its “ARTrageous” theme to heart, and paintings, sculptural works and glass objects d’art were on display throughout the party area. When supporters entered the outdoor ballroom, they were blown away by the eye-popping art works and white, feathered centerpieces on display. An artist was busy painting a spontaneous work of art which was later auctioned off. Dancers from Malashock Dance performed during the reception, and a 10-foot statue (created by the members and aptly named Lola Patrona) dominated the pool area.
Some of the leading charities and arts organizations will benefit from the proceeds of this successful gala. Among the recipients are The Old Globe, Voices for Children, Camp Fire USA and Rady Children’s Hospital.
The huge local turnout included Jennifer and Richard Greenfield, Kristi Pieper and Michael Rossbacher, Diane and Roy Bell, Terry and Greg Cooper, Julie and Mitchell Dubick, Vicki and Chris Eddy, Cindy and Bob Salvato, Lise Wilson, and Victor and Cristull Hasson. Kudos to Chair Kathryn Stephens and her talented committee for making this year’s bash a giant money-maker for many worthy recipients. That was par for the course for Las Patronas.