We were devastated to have to cancel Moonlit Mambo, Las Patronas 68th Annual Jewel Ball after the 15 months of planning and the countless hours of hard work our dedicated team of 50 Las Patronas members put into what would have been one of our most spectacular balls. Unfortunately, the safety risk to our guests, vendors and their employees caused by the thunderstorm, put us into a position that we could not safely hold the outdoor event for 800 guests. This decision was difficult to make and done with careful and on-going consultation with the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club as well as our electrical vendor, caterer, AV supplier and other vendors involved in the event.
We would have loved to have thanked all of our sponsors, underwriters and guests with the special evening we had arranged for them. Through their generosity, the majority of the funds have already been raised to fund our ten major beneficiary charities. And, due to the wonderful outpouring of support from the community, we are hopeful that many smaller minor grants to other San Diego charities will also be funded. We were able to sell some of the décor items and we were able to hold an on-line silent auction in place of the silent auction that is usually held poolside.
The Jewel Ball is truly a labor of love as the Las Patronas members, their spouses, friends and other volunteers come together and work tirelessly the four days leading up to the event to transform the tennis courts at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club into the event venue. We were so sorry to have disappointed so many guests and hope they will have some solace by knowing that that the food has been delivered to a homeless outreach program and remaining floral arrangements were delivered to local area convalescent homes and businesses so others could enjoy their beauty. Thank you so much for the wonderful outpouring of support you have shown to Las Patronas and our region’s non-profits. We appreciate the generous donations that we have received at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
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