A Restaurant knows how to put on a posh party for the notable Newport Beach crowd, and its New Year’s Eve soirée was no different. Chef Jon Blackford prepared a sumptuous six-course spread—the roasted chestnut soup was a hit—and sommelier Steven Ackad provided vino pairings aplenty for guests, who later packed the bar and danced the night away to music from the local guys of All Star Trio (led by Dominic Tucci) and tunes spun by DJ C Los.
The scene was Mission Hospital’s 16th annual gala; its MO was to raise funds for its $500 million campaign. And the 660 attendees who filled the ballroom at the St. Regis Monarch Beach did their part by helping to net more than $960,000 for the medical institution. And they had a good time along the way: Gala chairwomen Mimi Johnson and Jacqueline Du Pont, Janet and Carl Nolet Jr., and other VIPs enjoyed a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, and music and dancing.
THE PARTY During its annual Beneficiary Luncheon at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Las Patronas awarded grants up to $36,000 to 12 San Diego nonprofits. THE PLAYERS Las Patronas President Lisa Albanez welcomed attendees, including the 2012 Jewel Ball Chair Elaine Murphy, who announced—drumroll—this year’s Italian theme, “Passeggiata!” Save Aug. 4 for a Roman holiday. THE CAUSE The 2011 Sapphire Jewel Ball raised more than $600,000 for the nonprofits. Well done, ladies. Photography by Vincent Andrunas
THE PARTY The San Diego Opera hosted its annual gala, which honored donor and President of Dr. Seuss Enterprises Audrey Geisel. The evening coincided with the opening of Salome, Strauss’ drama of the biblical femme fatale. THE SCENE A Middle Eastern-themed gala at The US Grant featured Turkish cuisine and dancing. THE CAUSE An impressive $200,000 was raised and matched by the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation to benefit the Opera’s education and outreach programs. Bravo to that! Photography by Vincent Andrunas
THE PARTY The grand opening(s) of the new home design monolith and its adjacent Seaside Papery on Wall Street THE SCENE One of La Jolla’s most iconic buildings, the former home of Saks Fifth Avenue, remains a beacon of chic thanks to Seaside owner Sheryll Jackman. Seaside consolidated three smaller stores from La Jolla, Coronado and Rancho Santa Fe to fill the airy, vignetted, 32,457-square-foot store.
THE PARTY Art-dealing darling Alexander Salazar celebrated the grand opening of his sixth—yes, we said sixth—art space in La Jolla. THE ART Local painter Erik Skoldberg exhibited his newest work on canvas—think contemporary, vibrant and expressionistic. Famed New York sculptor Kevin Barrett flew in for the celebration, showcasing his three-dimensional visions, and as always, Salazar’s hand-picked masterpieces left guests in awe. “Barrett is strong yet sensual,” Salazar says.
THE PARTY Cards hit the table for the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center’s inaugural Celebrity Poker Tournament at the RSF Garden Club. THE PLAYERS Poker-faced guests, including MLB great Bret Boone and poker expert Richard Lederer, pulled up to the tables, but the title of “Champ of the Ranch” went to Michael Parziale of the night’s Pangea Group sponsors. THE SCENE Cocktails and live jazz flowed through the Vegas-style evening of No-Limit Texas Hold ’em.
“Kimberly and I are truly humbled and honored to be the recipients of the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award on this special 10th anniversary,” said Myrna D. Schlegel, upon the announcement that she and her daughter, Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, are this year’s honorees of the award, which is presented by Bank of Texas, Texas Woman’s University and the Texas Woman’s University Foundation.
Posthumously honoring style arbiter and co-founder of Forty Five Ten Shelly Musselman, Fashion Group International of Dallas’ Fashion & Lifestyle Awards gala, themed “A Night of Stars,” truly lived up to its luminary promise (as did the crush of sequined and studded, furred and flounced, and neon moments donned by guests). Co-chaired by Terri Provencal and Maxine Trowbridge and hosted at the Grand Pavilion of the Dallas Trade Mart, the event also featured a catwalk act.
FASHIONABLE MOVES The fluffy and frilly clouds of tulle (preferably in some pink variation) of the ubiquitous dance tutu may have been rather absent at Texas Ballet Theater’s Tutu Chic Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. But for good reason: The lithe talents of TBT moonlighted as runway models for the event, spinning down the catwalk and exchanging their traditional costumed attire for look-at-me ensembles from Stanley Korshak, with a special segment featuring Naeem Khan’s lovely confections.