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Luck, food, family and a great leap LEAP: left: Annika Kovtun, Laura Martella (honorary chair) with Gentleman Norman, Lee Anne Davis (founder), Kristi Pieper (event chair), Tami Tucker LAS PATRONAS: below: Elaine Murphy (Jewel Ball 2012 chair), Pat Marsch (LP president), Erin Wyer (Jewel Ball 2013 chair), Marlena Poulin (Jewel Ball 2013 co-chair), Megan Heine (Jewel Ball 2013 co-chair), Sherrie Black (Jewel Ball 2013 design chair) FOOD BANK: above: Tim Fennell (Del Mar Fairgrounds CEO), James Floros (Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank president/CEO), Roxi Link (Foodtasia Gala co-chair) and Hon. Judge Fred Link, Lisa Busalacchi (Foodtasia gala chair) and Joe Busalacchi

Starry, starry nights

FOOD BANK: above: Jill Smith (auction chair) and Kevin Smith, Lettice and Pierre Charmasson, Ashley Constans, DeeDee Durazzo-Castro

with Vincent Andrunas Those Las Patronas ladies are at it again, working on their 67th annual Jewel Ball. Coming up on Aug. 3, they’re calling it “Lucky 13.” As usual, it will take place at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, and will raise a very significant amount of money to benefit numerous nonprofit charitable or cultural organizations in San Diego. LP President Pat Marsch welcomed the organization’s advisory

members and media representatives to a brunch gathering at the Hotel Parisi. A sumptuous buffet of delicious fresh food and drinks welcomed arrivals. Lucky 13 chairwoman Erin Wyer, joined by co-chairs Megan Heine and Marlena Poulin and design chair Sherrie Black, introduced the theme and design for the big event. Their goal is to embrace elegance without excess, with a sort of “Palm Springs chic”

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feel. Talismans of good and bad luck will shatter superstitions and tempt fate — all in good fun, of course. But don’t wait too long to buy your Jewel Ball 2013 ticket, or you’ll be out of luck!


The Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank is prepping for “Foodtasia 2013,” its first evening fundraising gala, happening June 8 at its Miramar facility. Lisa Busalac-

chi will chair the culinary extravaganza, with Roxi Link as co-chair and Mitch and Rebecca Mitchell as honorary chairs. A recent VIP thank-you party at Busalacchi’s A Modo Mio in Hillcrest honored committee members. Fire-eaters and stilt walkers lent the celebration a carnival atmosphere, and delicious drinks and canapés provided a tempting preview of the coming gala. Call (858) 863-5121 or visit www.san- for further information on the June event.


A few years ago, Lillian Fishman and Reena Horowitz founded a discussion group that held monthly first-Wednesday lunchtime meetings at the Sanford-Burnham Institute for Medical Research. Doreen Schonbrun joined them to help find great speakers for the gatherings, which grew rapidly beyond the orig-

“You have never really lived until you’ve done something for somebody who can never repay you.”

Tiffany Torgan Philips of Harcourts Prestige Properties hosted the sunset soiree at her beautiful La Jolla residence on April 11, 2013 to benefit A Bridge For Kids. A nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the raising and distribution of funds to underprivileged teens in need, through a child sponsorship program. She served wine and food for the event, a DJ and raffled off wine gift baskets, spa gift baskets , and even a two night stay in Las Vegas.

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Local businesses that helped sponsor the event were: * La Jolla Star * Prime Lending * Citadel Escrow * Leavitt Insurance * Photographer, Jordan Paul * Scott Barton, principal of the Preuss School * Carlos Pineda from Barrio Logan College Institute The event was a huge success and Tiffany Torgan Philips and friends raised $5,000.00 for A Bridge For Kids! TIFFANY TORGAN PHILIPS (858) 459-5478

Society LEAP: left: Lorna Riley (Leap to Success Advisory Council), Sandy Behe (Leap to Success Advisory Council), Michele Cooney (Leap to Success Advisory Council), Ruth Batton (2009 Leap to Success graduate), Dana Bristol-Smith (Leap to Success founder)

LEAP: above: Nikki Mayer, Brittany Simpson, Leonard Simpson, Candice Edwin, Sandy Behe (Leap to Success Advisory Council), Carly Blalock LEAP: below: Julie Manriquez, Maureen Weber, Stephanie Noon, Bettina Osborne, Missy Murray



Riffs Music, OB Surf & Skate team up to host Baja retreat 5-16. Riffs Acoustic Music in Bird “Throughout the days, music Rock and Ocean Beach Surf and lessons, yoga and meditation Skate are combining their talents classes, and surf to host an all-inclulessons will be sive Baja surf and offered, all of this yoga camp retreat plus the balance on Memorial Day of relaxation in weekend. The another country retreat will offer at a ridiculously music lessons, cheap price,” said yoga, meditation Schenk. “Riffs classes and surf believes health sessions at a private and positivity resort on the Mexishouldn’t cost can coast. much, so we’re Riffs Acoustic making it as Music offers a cheap as we posunique combinasibly can.” tion of services, ranging from The price is all-inclusive, instrument sales, music lessons including transportation from and repairs to daily outdoor yoga lessons and workshops. San Diego, healthy meals, lodging and equipment. For more Riffs yoga director Shawna information, visit www.oceanSchenk and her team of yoga, call (619) 225instructors will take their lessons 0674 or email obsurfshop@yafour hours south of the border from May 25-29, for $500 per — Mariko Lamb adult or $250 for children ages

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inal dozen members and is now called “Group of 12 and Friends.” For the May meeting, Doreen came up with another excellent speaker: Dr. Matthew Waxman, of UCLA’s Department of Emergency Medicine. He gave a fascinating talk about life in the emergency room, and although several in the audience knew, nobody openly revealed that Dr. Waxman is, in fact, Doreen’s son.


Dana Bristol-Smith knew that learning public speaking skills helped her to start her own company, work with executives in top firms and have a great career. She noticed that women, in particular, were

looked at and listened to in entirely new ways when they had confidence and self-esteem. When she thought about who needed these skills the most — women who were victims of domestic violence and homelessness — she realized she could help them change, and perhaps even save, their lives. In 2008, she founded Leap to Success, an organization that trains and coaches women. The 10-week Transformation Leadership programs have already helped about 200 San Diego women, and when Promo Ventures owner/CEO Lee Anne Davis attended one of their graduations last fall, she was so touched that she decided

to help raise money for Leap’s efforts. She joined with Kristi Peiper (event chairwoman), Laura Martella and “Gentleman Norman” (honorary chairs), and Leonard Simpson (fashion show producer) to host “Leap Into Fashion,” held recently at the W Hotel. About 300 guests enjoyed drinks and tasty treats, boutique shopping from 15 women-owned businesses and two runway shows. The event gave Leap to Success added funding and visibility. Eventually, the founder hopes to make Leap’s programs available to women across the country. “Don’t keep this a secret, because it’s too important,” she said. “There are so many women who need it.”

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La Jolla Today feature on Leap Into Fashion  

Vincent Andrunas featured article in the La Jolla Today Society section

La Jolla Today feature on Leap Into Fashion  

Vincent Andrunas featured article in the La Jolla Today Society section