July 2015 – Magnifique

LAS PATRONAS • Partnering with the San Diego Community since 1946

  • Contact: Kathryn Hamon (213) 700-3929
  • Email: hamon23@aol.com

Las Patronas Presents the 69th Jewel Ball: Magnifique

La Jolla, CA, July 2, 2015 – On August 8, 2015 the 69th Annual Jewel Ball, Magnifique, will transport guests to the beauty and elegance of France.  Held at the always-beautiful La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., this unforgettable evening will be a tribute to French romance, fashion, and elegance.  Magnifique will feature lush gardens, architectural beauty, and design elements that will leave guests breathless.

“Most importantly, Magnifique will celebrate our tradition of helping theSan Diego nonprofit community.  We are so grateful for each of our underwriters, donors, advertisers, vendors and Ball guests, without whom we could not fund the grants that drive our mission to help support our very deserving beneficiaries. The Jewel Ball will be the culmination of our yearlong fundraising effort” says 2015 Jewel Ball Chair, Cari Massaad.

Led by Design Chairs Susan Barrera and Nicole Repp, the 50 women of Las Patronas have created an event full of beauty and elegance. The nearly 850 guests expected to attend will be greeted by hot air balloons drifting above the Loire Valley, fields of lavender shimmering in the breeze, bistro temptations for sampling after a pause in the Champagne court to greet friends old and new.  In the ballroom, the wonders of Versailles will await – half a world away for just an evening.  Dancing, dining and savoring all these moments will be truly Magnifique!

“Since 1946, Las Patronas has funded nearly $18 million to over 1,000 non-profit organizations covering every corner of San Diego County. Our worthy beneficiaries inspire us and challenge us to meet their ever-growing needs. On this special evening we will celebrate them, and our supporters, in grand French style,” says Las Patronas President, Annette Bradbury.

The major beneficiaries of this year’s Jewel Ball are:

  • Alpha Project for the Homeless
  • Arc of San Diego
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego
  • Living Coast Discovery Center
  • Mountain Health and Community Services, Inc.
  • Old Globe Theatre
  • The Preuss School – UCSD
  • University of San Diego
  • San Diego Zoo Global

Magnifique Décor Revealed!

       Design for 69th Annual Jewel Ball Transports to France

  • Contact: Kathryn Hamon (858) 459-6986
  • Email: hamon23@aol.com

LA JOLLA, CA, APRIL 29, 2015 – This morning, Las Patronas unveiled the décor for this year’s Jewel Ball, “Magnifique.”

Las Patronas members have been hard at work designing and creating an unforgettable evening that will celebrate the beauty and elegance of France.  Imagine hot air balloons drifting above the Loire Valley, friends old and new sipping Champagne outside bustling Parisian bistros, dinner and dancing under the stars in the glistening elegance of Versailles. The evening will transport guests half a world away with an experience that will be truly magnifique.

At the preview event, Las Patronas President Annette Bradburywelcomed the media and Las Patronas advisory members, and thanked the La Jolla Community Center for hosting the morning festivities.  Ms. Bradbury also announced that so far this year Las Patronas has granted $883,775.49 to San Diego nonprofits, including the recently awarded 2015 Spring Grants. Vice President Lisa Betyarnamed the 21 newest beneficiaries.

Magnifique Ball Chair Cari Massaad, along with her Co-ChairsSherrie Black and Kathryn Gayner, with Design Co-Chair Susan Barrera and Tables Chair Nicole Velazquez, then introduced the theme and design of the Ball.

Cari Massaad closed the event by encouraging continued support of Las Patronas’ carefully selected Major Beneficiaries and so many other local nonprofits by attending the 2015 Jewel Ball, Magnifique.

Speakeasy Press Release

For Immediate Release:

La Jolla, CA, August 3, 2008 – Las Patronas hit on all sixes last night — a swanky Speakeasy attracted dolls and daddies from near and far. Puttin’ on the Ritz seems to come easily to these gals, and they outdid themselves with their 62nd Jewel Ball.

The 1920s roared once more at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. The club’s “Old Black Goose,” a 1915 Packard, was one of several vintage cars setting the stage out front. The Hotel Del Coronado’s original 1927 Cadillac limousine provided a touch of elegance. Lance Hayes brought both his 1927 Star and 1929 Durant. Ralph and Connie McNeil lent their 1927 Packard, and Ralph McQuoid provided his 1930 Pierce Arrow. Dick Kurtz didn’t want to miss the fun; he brought his 1936 Ford convertible sedan. A strategically placed, genuine paddy wagon let everyone know the coppers were on the scene keeping order in case anyone had a beef.

Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin showed up, as did a variety of character actors from Christian Community Theater, who played their parts to perfection. Studio m/michael spengler photography’s flashbulbs popped as couples canoodled for the cameras in front of the cars.

Inside, guests could indulge nearly any whim. A glittering nightclub (rivaling Europe’s most luxurious and Manhattan’s most deco) pulsated with seemingly illicit excitement. Young mafia torpedoes rubbed shoulders with high society in an ornate room of rich red velvet, where marble columns supported a ceiling of stars. Dazzling chandeliers enhanced the stars’ twinkle. From terrace seating, the “smart set” overlooked a spectacular view of New York’s cityscape.

Fat Cats in high hats sipped fruity concoctions in one of two exotic zebra lounges while enjoying appetizers from Roppongi and sushi from Café Japengo; the well-heeled enjoyed a beautiful silent move theater in rich, burled wood, adorned with gilded silver. That stage, with its requisite red velvet drapery, was flanked by two swings with two swingers swinging. At the end of the pool, on an elevated stage, surrounded by an art deco marquee, a quintet of musicians and a singer played traditional 1920’s American jazz melodies during the cocktail hour.

Dinner, provided by Hyatt Regency La Jolla, delighted all diners. The meal began with exotic microgreen and butter lettuce in a radicchio cup and orange segments, with asparagus lemongrass vinaigrette; followed by filet mignon with traditional Périgueux reduction, Boursin mashed potatoes, carrots and green beans ending with a dessert of Tres Leches with strawberry sauce and blueberries, and assorted truffles. As the meal was served, everyone enjoyed a floorshow featuring dancers in authentic costumes performing the elegant tango, Charleston, swing, and tap dances.

The flappers loved music and marathon dancing — Speakeasy featured plenty of both. A 26 piece band from NRG set the mood with Gershwin hits such as Rhapsody in Blue and other flapper era favorites, including Five Foot Two, Charleston, and Kitty from Kansas City. As the evening progressed, NRG expanded the evening’s time warp to delight fans of the Big Band Swing Era, early Rock and Roll and ever popular, easy-to-dance-to disco hits.

The 50 members of Las Patronas who worked tirelessly for nearly a year to resurrect the Speakeasy spirit enjoyed every minute of the party they planned and produced. “Everyone comes together to do what they can to ensure this event succeeds,” said Jewel Ball Chair Caroline Nierenberg. “Leading this team of dedicated women has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me. However, this night really celebrates our beneficiaries – those dedicated to helping San Diego’s most deserving.”

This Speakeasy was more than a gin joint: the Las Patronas dames host their annual soirees to raise funds for the betterment of San Diegans. Each of the past five Jewel Balls has raised more than $1 million. Of the nearly 80 non-profit organizations receiving Las Patronas funds, fourteen will receive major grants (more than $20,000) from proceeds raised this year. Major beneficiaries include: A Reason to Survive, Burnham Institute for Medical Research, Christian Community Theater, Diversionary Theatre, Friends of Vista Hill, La Jolla Historical Society, La Jolla Music Society, Moores UCSD Cancer Center, Salvation Army – Senior Dining and Social Centers, San Diego Habitat for Humanity, San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care, San Diego Opera Association, Scripps La Jolla Heart Center at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and UCSD Shiley Eye Center.

Speakeasy Preview

Contact:  Maree Mossmer,  858.205.0117, mossmer1@aol.com


A Sneak Peek at Speakeasy – Jewel Ball 2008

LA JOLLA, CA, April 23, 2008Jazz will flow from a cranked-up victrola and knees may show on August 2nd when Las Patronas channels the irrepressible energy of the 1920’s with its 62nd annual Jewel Ball –Speakeasy.  Today, Las Patronas active members proudly set the stage for the press, vendor partners, underwriters and advisory members so they’ll know what to expect in less than four months time.

Las Patronas President Barbara Mulligan welcomed guests and thanked the La Jolla Historical Society for hosting the event.  Speakeasy Ball Chair Caroline Nierenberg, along with her Co-Chairs, Jennifer Greenfield and Tracy Lyon, introduced the theme and design for the ball.

How does a bustling beach club transform into a rollicking, ritzy Speakeasy?  The 50 active members of Las Patronas (bee’s knees dolls, all) sneak away to a secret spot every week for months to paint, saw and glue.  In late July, with husbands’ and children’s help, they transport and assemble the sets the week before the party.  By noon the day after, peace is restored to the club and beachgoers return to play tennis and soak in the sun.


San Diego Archaeological Center
Contact: Cindy Stankowski, Director
16666 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, CA 92027-7001

Phone:  (760) 291-0370
Fax:      (760) 291-0371

Las Patronas Awards the San Diego Archaeological Center with Capital Grant

Escondido, CA – The San Diego Archaeological Center is honored to announce receipt of a $7,100 grant from Las Patronas to fund capital purchases for the facility.

The grant will fund the acquisition of a mounted LCD Projector with electric wall screen and podium with sound system for the Center’s newly renovated Culture Classroom and access code security locks for the Center’s curatorial vaults that contain artifacts representing over 10,000 years of history.

According to Center Director, Cindy Stankowski “This grant will dramatically increase our ability to improve and expand our school and public presentations that focus on the field of archaeology. Our newly installed state of the art curatorial vaults will benefit from the added security that Las Patronas has so generously funded.  The volunteers from Las Patronas, Lise Wilson and Claudia Johnson, who conducted the site visit, were enthusiastic and impressed with the scope of the Center’s work and advocated on our behalf to secure the grant. We are grateful for their understanding of the needs of the Center and the great impact that these capital purchases will have on our programming and security.”

Las Patronas is an all-volunteer philanthropic organization with a long history of giving. Since its inception in 1946, Las Patronas has donated more than $12 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. 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 service an cultural arts, and to continuing a tradition of service to enhance the quality of life in our community.

The San Diego Archaeological Center was created in 1993 to provide an archaeological curation facility for the San Diego Region.  The Center was the first nonprofit organization in the nation dedicated solely to curating and sharing archaeological collections with the public. The Center provides internships and research opportunities for the advancement of knowledge in the fields of anthropology and archaeology.  The Center’s Capital Campaign is underway to create a state of the art facility with a spacious and light-filled lobby, enhanced exhibition space, classroom, library and research areas. A new entryway will feature native plant landscaping designed to promote conservation, outdoor exhibit and seating areas, water elements and improved signage to promote the Center as a regional tourist destination.

The Mission of The San Diego Archaeological Center is “to preserve archaeological collections and promote their educational, scientific and cultural use to benefit a diverse public.”

Become a member and enjoy discounts on workshops, lectures, and other programs at the Center.  For more information visit the Center website at www.sandiegoarchaeology.org, e-mail cstankowski@sandiegoarchaeology.org, or telephone (760) 291-0370.    Admission to the Center and Museum is free to the public during regular operating hours Monday-Friday 9 AM to 4 PM, and Saturdays 10 AM to 2 PM.   The Center is located in the historic San Pasqual Valley, adjacent to the Wild Animal Park and Battlefield State Park.