Three months until Jewel Ball presents Passeggiata!

Melinda Mahony, Elaine Murphy and Kathryn Gayner

By Susan DeMaggio

Preparations are mid-way for the 66th annual Jewel Ball “Passeggiata!’ set for Aug. 4 at La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. The gala, hosted by Las Patronas, is a fundraiser for its renowned grant program, which this year alone has awarded $630,000 to a variety of San Diego agencies that serve the community — especially those working with people in need.
Melinda Mahony, Elaine Murphy and Kathryn Gayner

Elaine Murphy is the 2012 Jewel Ball chair, getting assistance from co-chairs Cathy Carroll and Erin Wyler. Melinda Mahony heads up the design committee.

Heralding from an Italian background, Murphy said her love for all things Italian inspired this year’s theme. She promises gala guests romance, music, great food and fun — presented in stylish surroundings.

At an April 25 media breakfast to showcase 2012 ball preparations, Las Patronas Vice President Pat Marsch announced the beneficiaries of the spring grants cycle.

These included Birthline, Boy Scouts of America, Chicano Federation, Community Resource Center, Connor’s Cause for Children, Cygnet Theatre Company, Girls Scouts San Diego, Hospice North Coast, International Rescue Committee, Mainly Mozart, Muirlands Middle Schoool, Palomar Pomerado Health Foundation, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Natural History Museum, Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center and Elizabeth Hospice.

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