Mission

Las Patronas is committed to providing financial assistance to nonprofit 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.

About Us

Las Patronas is a philanthropic organization with a long history of giving. Since its inception in 1946, Las Patronas has donated over $20 million to over a thousand charitable institutions in San Diego.  The funds distributed to these organizations are generated through year-long 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. By giving to Las Patronas, a company or individual diversifies its philanthropic giving – reaching children and seniors, the homeless and the disabled, emergency response teams and the military as well as supporting scientific research, health services, the environment and cultural arts – in a broad geographical range throughout San Diego.

Founding Members

  • Mrs. Andrew Andeck**
  • Mrs. Graeme S. Doane**
  • Mrs. Samuel W. Foster**
  • Mrs. H. Stephen King**
  • Mrs. H. Franklin McChesney**
  • Mrs. Kathryn T. McReynolds**
  • Mrs. Pending Morrison Mertz**
  • Mrs. William K. Porter, II**
  • Mrs. Ord Preston, II**
  • Mrs. Mel Rombaugh**
  • Mrs. Guy R. Showley (MacConnell)
  • Mrs. Lester R. Stoefen**
  • Mrs. Carlos Tavares**
  • Mrs. George B. Willoughby**
** Deceased