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A Look Back at the Best Events of 2006 -

Monte Carlo! Monte Carlo!

January 13th, 2007
The Social Diary Columnist & Photographer Margo Schwab

mary and jim berglund with jake and todd figi

Mary and Jim Berglund with Jake and Todd Figi

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego held its 30th Annual Monte Carlo fundraiser September 9th, 2006 at the museum's La Jolla location. Named Monte Carlo! Monte Carlo,! Elegant guests arrived in the requested black and white theme. Co-Chairs Lise N. Wilson and Steve M. Strauss recreated a garden setting of the real Monte Carlo in Monaco.

Dinner guests arrived early to enjoy the caviar bar, champagne and other delectable's. A late night party crowd arrived after dinner. All enjoyed French desserts, discotheque dancing, gambling, and a silent auction. The silent auction was the only thing silent as guests partied into the night.

Among the evening's patrons were Kathryn Murphy and Lance Peto, Steve Poskus, Gilda and Victor Vilaplana, Pauline Foster, Nina and Bob Doede, Valerie and Harry Cooper, the MCASD's David C. Copley Director Hugh Davies and his wife Lynda Forsha, Anne Farrell, Brigette and Alex de la Vega, Victoria Hamilton and Paul Hobson, and Dianne York-Goldman in a white beaded gown by Designer Isabell Kristensen. Dianne was accompanied by her husband, Dr. Mitchel P. Goldman of course, and their guest, Designer Isabell Kristensen of the real Monte Carlo. Isabell bucked the black and white trend in a vibrant yellow gown of her own design. At 6 feet tall, and Danish born gorgeous, Isabell was a real standout.

More there catching their share of attention were Stacy and Paul Jacobs, Debby and Hal Jacobs, Kathy and Nick Conner, Lynne and Dr. Steve Wheeler, Sally and John Thornton, Liz and Chris McCullah, Jeanne Jones and Don Breitenberg, Mary and Jim Berglund, Sheri and Dr. Stuart Jamieson, Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston, and Max Gurney, the Honorary Consul of Monaco, retired. Retired so to speak. Max is also an Honorary member of the La Jolla- Monaco Exchange and he will convince you in 5 minutes why you should go to Monaco. And, you'll go! Meanwhile....

Monte Carlo! Monte Carlo! was the next best thing and for a great cause. Proceeds from this event go to the Museum's education programs and exhibitions. Generous underwriting support for this year's event came from La Jolla Spa MD, Cooley Godward and level Vodka.

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Event Co-Chairs Lise Wilson and Steve Strauss ** Lance Peto and Kathryn Murphy

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Lise Wilson talking with Max Gurney ** Mary and Jim Berglund

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Centerpiece at the Reception ** Guests

margo schwab in black keyhole gown

Margo Schwab

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Scott Johnston ** Ballerinas

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Chris and Liz McCullah

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Don Breitenberg and Jeanne Jones

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Scott Johnston with Max Gurney

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Guest with Steve Poskus ** Michaela Lawrence

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Designer Isabell Kristensen with Max Gurney ** Sheri and Dr. Stuart Jamieson, Harry and Valerie Cooper, and Pauline Foster

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Guest ** Lynne Wheeler * Sally and John Thornton

sheri jamieson and valerie cooper

Tiffany Archer ** Sheri Jameison and Valerie Cooper

Guests ** David Guss with Guests

* Margo Schwab has produced, written, interviewed and photographed for various media organizations since 1989. Schwab has a college degree from Scripps College and a Masters of Business degree from the University of San Diego. Schwab volunteers for numerous charity organizations. She also continues to lobby for water safety and for family violence mitigation. Schwab is the owner and publisher of The Social Diary. Margo is currently writing a book based on La Jolla.

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