Silk, Spice and an Elephant too

at the Jewel Ball!

( 1 of 4 pages )


The theme was Silk and Spice for this year’s Jewel Ball at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club August 8. But no one expected 30 year old Ty the elephant too!

Guests were greeted by Ty who thankfully squeezed in a Jewel Ball appearance between filming for an Adam Sandler movie.

This Jewel Ball could be described as rather ‘Elegant Bollywood.’ There were belly dancers, sword swallowers, Buddha statues, and a sea of colorful silk backdrops and overhead drapings amidst the poolside cocktail reception.

Jewel Ball Chair Jennifer Greenfield described the inspiration behind the Jewel Ball them. "Several years ago,  my husband and I traveled to India where I fell in love with the country's exotic sights and scents. With Silk and Spice, I hope everyone felt as though they had traveled to another place. Over a year of planning, designing and building went into converting the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club into this one-of- a kind experience. I am so proud to be associated with the talented ladies of Las Patronas. It was such a beautiful Ball.  I was thrilled with the outcome of the night."

And it was a fun and event, start to finish.

Among the many hors d’oeurvre offerings were mini burgers by Sammy’s. Don Swortwood went back twice in line they were so great.

Great too was the black tie or East Indian themed dress code.

Tanya Brandes mixed Angel Sanchez couture with henna decorated hands and a bindi on the forehead. Valerie Cooper wore an elegant yellow gown by Marc Bouwer and a headdress of jewels, Sheri Jamieson wore a rich green Vicky Tiel gown, Colette Royston wore yellow Escada with East Indian-esque embellishments and stunning parure, Lee Clark wore a design by British designer Elena Antoniades, and Iris Strauss wore a detailed Oscar de la Renta.

Cristull Hasson wore Tadashi, Natasha Reiss wore a deep purple velvet gown by Marc Bouwer with Swarovski Crystal encrusted Louboutin stilettos, Lee Clark wore an ensemble by British designer Elena Anotniades, Emma Zuckerman wore a pretty emerald gown by Azzaro with stone color embellishments and pretty Coif by Eric, Karen Cohn wore red Donna Karan, Sheryl White wore a new Naeem Khan, Dianne Bashor wore a pretty yellow gown by Baracci of Beverly Hills, and Lynda Kerr wore a strapless Carlos Miele with her wrist cast wrapped in matching silk

Judith Harris chose beautiful South Sea pearls that complimented her pretty blue eyes. Understated and sophistocated. She and husband Dr. Robert Singer were guests of David Copley. His table was there in support of the San Diego Public Library Foundation. More on that later. Table guests also included Sheri and Dr. Stuart Jamieson, Colette and Dr. Ivor Royston, Andrew Shelton, and Tanya and Charles Brandes.

The leading ladies of Las Patronas ladies, the group of women who put on the ball, turned up their fashion volume.

Las Patronas President Lydia McNeil wore a deep purple Tadashi gown with Tanzanite and diamond necklace from The Collector Fine Jewelry.

Other fine jewelry came out too. Gala Chair Jennifer Greenfield wore a coral colored gown by J. Mendel with quite a few dazzlers including a new Canary diamond ring from her number one fan, husband Dr. Richard Greenfield.

Jennifer’s Co-Chairs Laurie Allen and Sallie Warren wore a coral Carmen Marc Valvo and a Thai made custom outfit respectively.

Men fashionably there included Bob Stefanko with Indian shoes turned up at the toe, Rick Wildman wore a turban, and so did Gustavo Angelucci and John Bloomberg. Kirk Haney wore a vibrant blue Versace shirt with his tux, Harry Cooper looked smashing in a gold embroidered white jacket by Versace, and Scott Johnston wore a Mandarin styled jacket that was embellished with rich Asian silks by San Diego’s new ‘it’ designer, A. Qadir Hamidi or ‘Q’ for short!

The dining ‘tent’ was laden with more silks, twinkling lights, a waterfall wall and a giant elephant painting. Dinner was lamb, duck, and lobster catered by the Hyatt La Jolla and Robert Armstrong. Haute Chili provided the rockin’ dance tunes.And they did rock with a few dance numbers during dinner including a fun rendition of the dance in Slum Dog Millionaire.

“The evening was gorgeous” said Iris Strauss. "And the lovely ladies of the Las Patronas showed class and style handling this beautiful, colorful event. The decor was stunning, table cloths gorgeous, the music was mellow so you could enjoy the music, yet sill be able to talk to your table partners. They work so hard on this evening, and it is a very special one for the entire community. Bravo!"

"The unique theme Silk & Spice was a wonderful experience in food, atmosphere, music" added Lee Clark. It "inspired everyone to be creative in their attire. Exciting, fun memorable evening. Las Patronas outdid themselves this year. 10 star rating!"

Speaking of 10, there are 10 major beneficiaries to benefit from this year’s Jewel Ball. They are; Alpha Project for the Homeless, Birch Aquarium, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, Sharp HealthCare Foundation, Spreckels Organ Society, St. Vincent de Paul Village, The New Children’s Museum, Tri-City Hospital Foundation and the San Diego Public Library Foundation.

““Las Patronas has granted millions of dollars to the Arts over the years of their existence, said San Diego Opera's Artistic Director and General Director Ian Campbell. “They stand out as the most active granting community of extraordinarily committed philanthropists in San Diego.  San Diego Opera and all of the arts organizations in the City are grateful for their time and sacrificial efforts to ensure that the arts and all not for profit services remain funded and strong.”

Ian's wife Ann Campbell agreed and added this. "The women of Las Patronas are among the most thoughtful philanthropists in the community.  They work hard to evaluate and choose beneficiaries and causes that truly impact the quality of life for tens of thousands of San Diegans.  We remain deeply grateful to Las Patronas for their leadership in arts funding."

Guest Judith Harris, Chair of the San Diego Public Library Foundation was thrilled that the Library Foundation was chosen as a beneficiary.  “Las Patronas has a lengthy major philanthropic history of supporting causes that improve the quality of life for all San Diegans. The San Diego Public Library Foundation is proud to be included in this list. Their endorsement helps insure our continuing ability to create, steward, and support an excellent free public library system for all citizens. Free access to the tools to succeed is the first step in a healthy productive life.”

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Jewel Ball Chair Jennifer Greenfield

Jennifer Greenfield with her Mother **Lynn and Dan Kellogg


Co-Chair Laurie Allen with Las Patronas Vice-President Tracy Lyon ** Lynn and Dan Kellogg with Poo Wyer

Elaine Murphy with Sallie Corson and Shelley Whitaker, in Angel Sanchez** Lise Wilson and Tamara Alter

Sheryl White with Lise Wilson and Tamara Alter ** Monica Olsen & Friend

Monica Olsen and Jennifer Greenfield ** Nina and Bob Doede

Marlena Poulin ** Lee Clark ** Mark and Tracy Lyon

Guest with Michael Luscombe ** Charles Brandes with Zandra Rhodes and Tanya Brandes

Jennifer and Richard Greenfield ** Dianne and Jim Bashor

Lynda and Richard Kerr

Hudson and Mary Drake

Bob Stefanko's Indian Shoes

Richard and Jennife Greenfield with Dianne and Jim Bashor

Dr. Jerry Pikolysky and Lee Clark with Lorna and Chris McKellar

Jewel Ball 2010 Co-Chair Lisa Albanez ** Charles and Tanya Brandes

Above and below, Tanya Brandes beautifully posing in theme!

Nancy Gold and Colin Seid with Richard and Julie Annis

Judy Corrente ** Stacy and Paul Jacobs

Salah Hassanein ** Deborah Marengo

Tanya Brandes with Rocio

Tanya with Rocio ** Diane Clarke and with Emma Zuckerman

Linda Swortwood ** Collette Stefanko and Mia Stefanko

Richard and Lynda Kerr ** Harry and Valerie Cooper

Leo and Emma Zuckerman ** Lydia McNeil with Tracy Lyon

Mitch Goldman and Laura Linden ** Karen Cohn ** Valerie Cooper

Lorna and Chris McKellar ** Karen Cohn with Valerie Cooper

Karen Cohn with Harry and Valerie Cooper ** Lynda Kerr

Jennifer Greenfield with Burl Stiff

Debra Turner and Conrad Prebys

Iris and Matthew Strauss with Claire Reiss, Tamara Alter and Joan Jacobs

Iris and Matthew Strauss ** Sheryl White

Jewel Ball Chair Jennifer Greenfield


This is Jewel Ball Page 1

click to:

Jewel Ball Page 2

Jewel Ball Page 3

Jewel Ball Page 4

and for a look back at Jewel Balls Past

Jewel Ball 2008

Jewel Ball 2007

Jewel Ball 2006

Jewel Ball 2005



A special thank you to Lynda and Richard Kerr for having us as their guests.


reported by Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston


The Buzz


............ What didn't happen at the Jewel Ball.

.... the elephant did not misbehave.... afterall Ty is a movie star....


Liveliest fun group went to Valerie Cooper et al... once again!


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* Margo Schwab, more formally known as Margaret E. Schwab, has produced, written, interviewed and photographed for various media organizations since 1989. Schwab attended Holton Arms School, La Jolla Country Day School and La Jolla High School. Schwab has a B.A. from Scripps College, spent a business internship with S.A.I.C., Science Applications International Corporation, and earned a Masters of Business degree, M.B.A., from the University of San Diego. Schwab additionally took college courses from Harvard University, and Syracuse University. Schwab volunteers for numerous charity organizations. She also continues to support animal organizations and the prevention of people and animal abuse. Schwab is the editor of The Social Diary.

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