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Las Patronas Hosts New Member Luncheon
Eleven New Members Introduced and
Announcement of the Grand Total Raised at the 70th Annual Jewel Ball &
the Theme of the 71st Annual Jewel Ball

La Jolla, California—On October 21, 2016, Las Patronas hosted its annual New Member
Luncheon at the La Jolla Country Club. Approximately 150 active and advisory members gathered
to welcome 11 new members with a traditional introduction of each and to celebrate the success of
the 70th Anniversary Jewel Ball Shangri-La with the announcement of the fundraising totals. The
luncheon also launched the planning of the 71st Annual Jewel Ball with the unveiling of the theme,
Taking Flight.

The Las Patronas active and advisory membership in attendance warmly welcomed the 11 new
members of the “Class of 2016”: Melanie Aalbers, Tina Boynton, Holly Buche, Megan Cox, Robyne
Daniels, Joleen Guckian, Micaela Jeffery, Kathy Lobo, Irene McCann, Melissa Murfey, and Lindsay
Stevens. Each of these talented women will serve a six-year term of membership in Las Patronas.
Just following the announcement of the new members, Chair of Jewel Ball 2016, Kathryn Gayner,
along with co-chairs Kelley Albence and Maureen Weber, revealed the net proceeds from
Shangri-La, held August 6, 2016, at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. Shangri-La earned
$1,015,637, all of which will be granted to San Diego County nonprofits.

“Shangri-La was truly a community effort,” said Kathryn Gayner. “We are grateful to the many
underwriters, donors, advertisers, vendors, and guests who supported our yearlong fundraising
effort. Through their generosity we will continue to fund the grant requests of our very deserving

Major Beneficiaries of the Shangri-La include Birch Aquarium; Episcopal Community Services;
GenerateHope, Inc.; Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council, Inc.; The Jacobs Center for
Neighborhood Innovation; The Maritime Museum Association of San Diego; New Haven Youth and
Family Services, Inc.; Rebuilding Together San Diego; Serving Seniors; and Sharp HealthCare

“In celebration of our 71st year of providing support to San Diego nonprofits, we are pleased to
announce the success of Shangri-La,” said Las Patronas President, Leigh Plesniak. “Together
with our community, we have raised nearly $20 million since our founding in 1946. More than one
thousand worthy nonprofits in San Diego County have received funding for critically needed capital

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“Las Patronas is committed to providing financial assistance to non-profit organizations in San
Diego County that provide valuable community services in the areas of health, education, social
services, and cultural arts, and to continuing our tradition of service to enhance the quality of life in
our community.”

For the final announcement, the Chair of Jewel Ball 2017 and third generation Las Patronas
member, Jorie Fischer, along with her Co-Chairs Jennifer Edstrom and Alison Lee, unveiled the
71st Annual Jewel Ball theme, Taking Flight. Fischer is the granddaughter of Las Patronas
founding member and former Jewel Ball Chair, Midge Preston, and the daughter of Las Patronas
advisory member and former Jewel Ball Co-Chair, Sarah Burton-Hawkins.

The 71st Annual Jewel Ball, Taking Flight, will transport guests to the golden age of air travel
when travelers dressed for the occasion and flying was akin to a cocktail party on wings. This year,
Las Patronas will elevate the luxury travel experience from terminal to take-off. Much as Las
Patronas infuses modern values and efficiencies with its rich traditions and history, Taking Flight
imagines a new breed of travel, combining modern airport architecture with the vintage glamour
and romance of posh air travel. Depart from the ordinary through a ballroom lifting you into the sky
as the land below fades to a distant whisper and the clouds carpet a new majestic landscape.
Las Patronas invites guests to soar into its 70th decade of charitable giving and be a part of the
wonder of Taking Flight, the 71st Annual Jewel Ball. Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 5,
2017, at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

Las Patronas is a philanthropic organization with a long history of giving. Since its inception in
1946, Las Patronas has donated more than $20 million to over a thousand charitable institutions in
San Diego. The funds distributed to these organizations are generated through yearlong
fundraising efforts and the annual presentation of the Jewel Ball, one of San Diego’s most enduring
social, cultural, and philanthropic traditions. All funds raised by Las Patronas stay in San Diego
County and are distributed to many small grass-root nonprofits as well as larger, more visible
organizations. For more information about Las Patronas and the annual Jewel Ball, please visit

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