Ronald McDonald House Charities

Las Patronas has been dishing out funds for worthy charitable organizations for more than 60 years - and paying homage to philanthropists who make an important difference in our community. The La Jolla-based women’s group works tirelessly, without seeking praise or glory for their efforts. Recently, Las Patronas - and a few others - were on the receiving end of a well-deserved tribute from Ronald McDonald House Charities. The honorees were lauded for their achievements during a reception at the Westin Hotel.

Barbara Mulligan, president of Las Patronas, was on hand to accept the award for Charitable Partner of the Year - and she was grateful for the acknowledgment. “Thank yous are nice,” she noted.

The well-attended event began with cocktails and appetizers, while supporters checked out the items on the silent-auction tables. Leonard Villareal was the emcee. Jackie Tucker was named Philanthropist of the Year, and Volunteers of the Year included Hiromi Yoshita, Jim Horne, Christina Doyle and Mark Pescar. Torrey Pines Golf Course and Thornton Wineries were among the donors who made the event possible.

A large group of volunteers (including Ted Kagan and Angelia Wiley) helped out at the auction tables and greeted guests. Among the many locals enjoying the event - and posing for a souvenir photo with Ronald McDonald - were Linda and Randy Ray, Pat and Joe Michel, Annette Eros, Lucia Stone, and Samantha Thornton with her son D’Mario (aka Blessed like Dat!). D’Mario is one of many youngsters helped by Ronald McDonald’s Fund-A-Family project.