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RMHC-SD's 'Romp' Patron Party 2010

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The Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego held quite the pre-'Romp' gala party September 1st, 2010 at the beautifully restored 1929 Spanish home of hosts Cheryl and Phil Stewart. The intimate party for 80 or so patrons started with white gloved tray passed hors d'ouevres, cocktails and quite a few admiring comments over the Stewart's intersting collections. Think exquisite Venetian for the most part.

And with the Stewart's Texan hospitality shining through, guests felt quite at home.

Among the patrons there were Nadine and Gary Barber, Olivia and Peter Farrell, Sheri and Stuart Jamieson (the Jamieson's and the Stewart's share some ranch connections), Dixie and Ken Unruh, Fernanda and Ralph Whitworth, Judge Kenneth Starr (yes the Kenneth Starr), Mary Keough Lyman and Frank Alessio, Patsy and David Marino, Valerie and Harry Cooper, Rex and Steve Romande, Linda and Don Swortwood, Judy and U.T. Thompson, and Bill Lennartz, the President and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego.

The evening progressed to the candlelit poolside where place settings worthy of a Venetian palazzo were a sign of things to come!

An exquisite Italian dinner was prepared by Giuseppe Ciuffa and his Giuseppe Fine Catering Team. The Stuzzichino or Amuse Bouche was a Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup with local melon salsa and micro mint garniture. It was followed by a Little Gem Butter Lettuce Stack Frisee, with Pont Reyes Blue Cheese, Candied Walnuts, and a Banyui's- Shallot Vinaigrette. Next course, a Risotto with Pan Seared 'Mana De Leon' Sallops, with Lemon Mascarpone, American Caviar and chive oil. The dinner continued with a Wild Alaskan Halibut, a beautiful plate of select cheeses wih Black Mission Figs, Truffle Honey and Port Wine Gelee. Dinner was all triumphantly finale'd with a Dolce of Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake. Brava!!

And then there was the very special surprise courtesy of Cheryl and Phil Stewart.

The Stewarts had flown up from Guadalahara two extraordinary people. Tenor Jorge Jiminez and electric violinist Gerardo Ponce wowed guests with Spanish renditions of pop favorites by Celine Dion and Toni Braxton, as well as some classical pieces. This duo who go by the stage name Orpheus, will also be performing at the Ronald McDonald House Charities Gala themed ROMP on October 2nd, 2010.

Promises to be quite the gala and all for a great cause. Helping to keep families together in very challenging times when their children are going through serious medical issues.

“We could not be more pleased, or grateful, for the beautiful dinner party hosted by our wonderful friends, Phil and Cheryl Stewart of La Jolla, in honor of Mary Drake, Chair, and her committee for our biggest event ever, The Romp, which will be held at the Ronald McDonald House on October 2nd.”

P.S. - Amy and Phil Mickelson will be Honorary Chairs for the event, and Vicki Carr is the skedded headline performer!


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Rex and Steve Romande with Mary Drake, Mary is the Chair of the ROMP Gala on October 2nd


Linda and Don Swortwood catching up with Stuart Jamieson ** Steve Romande with Cheryl Stewart

Scott Johnston with Jeff Walker ** Mary Lyman with Sandy Walker

Linda Swortwood with Dixie Unruh, Don Swortwood and Jeff Walker

David and Patsy Marino

Nadine and Gary Barber ** Valerie Cooper with Mary Drake

Philip Stewart with Dr. Stuart Jamieson

Gary and Nadine Barber ** Peter Farrell

Connie and Bill McNally sharing a laugh!

Mary Drake with Peter and Judy Corrente ** Dolly Woo

A chandelier from Venice Italy.... one of the many beautiful decorative surprises in the Stewart home

Steve and Rex Romande with Cheryl Stewart ** Nadine Barber

Don Swortwood with Hudson Drake

Perfect Bite Sized Perfection Served up by Giuseppe Fine Catering

Bill and Connie McNally

A Courtyard Centerpiece


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Cheryl Stewart with Olivia Farrell

Harry Cooper with Peter Corrente ** Judy Corrente with Valerie Cooper

Nadine and Gary Barber ** Mary Lyman and Frank Alessio

Cheryl Stewart and Sheri Jamieson

Dr. David Smotrich with Mary Drake


Above and below, a beautiful table setting!

The view across the pool to the Guests and Table Settings ** Bill Lennartz with Peter Farrell

A Beautifully Decorated Alcove

A Night to remember for the Cuisine, the Generous People, the Music, and the Cause ......Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego... keeping families together during serious medical challenges!


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