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St. Germaine's Silver Tea

(followed by the Check Recipient Luncheon Photos earlier this year)

The 27th Annual Silver Tea benefiting St. Germaine's Children's Charities was held at the art filled home of Michelle and Bell Lerach.... That's home aka mansion, set cliff side on nearly 6 acres in La Jolla. It's also the on the site of the former and famed Gagosian mansion. The current two level home was built in the early 1990s by Los Angeles architect Ray Zukaitis. It took three years to plan and three years to build.

Co-Chairs Shay Stephens and Heather Ravenscroft

A spectacular setting as 400 plus guests came and enjoyed tea sandwiches of egg salad with asparagus, cucumber sandwiches, cookies and mini dessert bars, and tea of course.

All food items were homemade by St. Germaine members. Tea and coffee was poured by members too. St. Germaine is after all an all-volunteer organization that raises monies for child abuse prevention programs.

Among those there enjoying the tea were Co-chairs Shay Stephens and Heather Ravenscroft, Deborah Cys, Kathryn Murphy, St. Germaine President Sheila Scaramella, Sally Irwin, Shannon Turner, Marilee Warfield, Sarah Burton, Susan Oliver, Terri Kelly, Claudia Johnson, Jeanne Larson, Patty Elkus, May Zawaideh, Gigi Cramer, John Hawkins, Karen and Dale Miller, Karen poured tea and Dale sold opportunity drawings (he does this every year in his tuxedo best!), Cristull Hasson,

Over 27 years. St. Germaine Children’s Charity has awarded almost $3 million in grants and over $1.4 million for in-kind gifts.


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St. Germaine President Sheila Scaramella and Larry Scaramella

The Check-In


Cristull Hasson and Tiffany Brown

The Artwork....

Claire Reiss with Cheryl Mitchell

Cynthia Kronemyer ** Constance Hughes

Rick Wildman with Constance Hughes

The Scene

Gigi Cramer and Emily Uhre

Co-Chairs Shay Stephens and Heather Ravenscroft

Karen Miller

Flowers by Kathy Wright

Terry Cooper in her touch of trademark red with guests

Susan Blanchard in Louis Vuitton Sunglasses

Scott Johnston (in Valentino) with Susan Blanchard

The Silver Bowl - ready to collect donations

One of many Shona art pieces from Zimbabwe

Margo Schwab 'wowed' by a beautiful face mask

Scott Johnston mugging for a lite 'bite' moment by the pizza oven that was imported from Italy

Terri Kelly with Claudia Johnson

Scott Johnston with the 'uber' male volunteer, Dale Miller

May Zawaideh and Jeanne Larson

Patty Elkus ** Sculpture in the front drive

Jorie Fisher

Earlier in 2010, St. Germaine awarded Grant Recipients with their checks during a luncheon at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

Among the 2010 Grant Recipients are: ANGELS Foster Family Agency, Aseltine School, Casa de Amparo, Center for Community Solutions, The Children's Initiative, Community Resource Center, Family Health Centers of San Diego, Healthy Start Military Family Cluster, Palomar Family Counseling, San Diego Armed Services YMCA, South Bay Community Services, STAR/PAl, Tariq Khamisa Foundation, Voices for Children, Women's Resource Center, and YWCA Becky's House.

Outgoing St. Gemaine President Terry Cooper with current St. Germaine President Sheila Scaramella

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And for a look back to previous St. Germaine Events:

St. Germaine Silver Tea 2009

St. Germaine Silver Tea 2008

St. Germaine Silver Tea 2007

St. Germaine Silver Tea 2006

reported by Margo Schwab

photoshopped by Scott Johnston


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* Margo Schwab, MBA, 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 by way of Claremont Graduate School . 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 and co-owner of The Social Diary.

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Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston are both members of the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club (Margo Schwab since 1974) and both are now members of the University Club and its worldwide ClubCorp Compass Society. Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston are Police Press credentialed by the Chief of Police, William Lansdowne.


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