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Arthritis Foundation Gala 2009 - C'est Magnifique!

"What a marvelous event. Nicole and I had a great time celebrating such a worthy mission.   All the staff, and volunteers are to be commended for putting on such a wonderful event"

- John Cardosa, Chairman of the Board for The Arthritis Foundation San Diego Area Chapter


The Arthritis Foundation San Diego Area Chapter held a magical gala March 7th, 2009 that can only be described as 'Cest Magnifique!' Guests arrived that evening to a glamour infused reception at the Hyatt La Jolla Regency.

Ben Redman with his mother and Event Co-Chair Sandy Redman, and Event Honoree, Dr. Michael Keller


The Gala started with casino styled gambling, silent auction shopping, and bite sized appetizers with cocktails. Robert Armstrong of the Hyatt oversaw the catering.

Among the elegant crowd there were Co-Chairs Sandy Redman and June Barrymore Ash, and Honoree Dr. Michael Keller and his family. Dr. Michael Keller is the respected and renown Founder of the San Diego Arthritis Medical Clinic.

Dr. Michael Keller is also known for his lifetime of going that extra distance and caring for his patients. For example, when patients in El Centro lost their only rheumatologist, Dr. Keller took over the existing practice in El Centro, bought a second home there, and made the weekly 200 mile commute. He is just that kind of caring doctor.

And he plays the accordion too! But that's another story.

More there honoring Dr. Michael Keller were Reena Horowitz in a black and lacy Scassi, Nicole and John Cardosa, John's the Chairman of the Board for the Arthritis Foundation, Sally and Michael Bixler, Dottie and David Stanley, and Louarn and Alan Sorkin.

Among the few petite ones there was Honoree Dr. Michael Keller's one-ish year old grandson, Maxwell Philip Keller. Maxwell was dressed in a white tuxedo. And he was having a great time playing with The Social Diary's 4 legged boxer Kima!

And Kima was more than just a little excited. She had just learned that she will be the Official Dog Honoree for the Arthritis Foundation's upcoming walk / run on June 6th..... !

Kima might have been the only one there with a tail to wag, but guests later managed to shake a leg, with elegance of course, on the dance floor.

Among those enjoying the fabulous dance music by the Wayne Foster Orchestra were Lynn and Roger Zucchet, Veronica Braun, she is the President of the Arthritis Foundation San Diego Area Chapter, Marcia and Jay Weinberg, Ellen and Tim Zinn, Pat and Bob Whalen, Joe Vecchio, and Louarn and Alan Sorkin.

And the dancing started early and ended late.

Dinner served up between dancing and live auction by Joe Bauer included a salad of mixed field greens with toasted pinenuts, strawberry slivers, mint, and crumbled goat cheese drizzled with blackberry balsamic vinaigrette. The main course was a filet mignon with a herb demi sauce and side vegetables of roasted fingerling potatoes, and haricots verts.

Dessert was chocolate and vanilla ice cream in separate chocolate-dipped waffle cups topped by colorful sprinkles.

Sponsors for this event included The Mudd Charitable Foundation, the San Diego Arthritis Medical Clinic, Dr. Michael Keller and Daniel Veale, California Bank and Trust, Centocor, Genetech, Quantum Design, Union Bank of California, UCB,, Thera Test Labs, Amgen, Grossmont Health Care, and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

The Arthritis Foundation San Diego Area Chapter has many, many wonderful programs including free arthritis clinics providing initial diagnostic and follow-up care to individuals with rheumatoid arthritis who are without medical coverage, exercise programs including the very popular aquatic exercise class, the fun adventure camp for kids with arthritis and special events like the upcoming run / walk.

To learn more about arthritis and this walk, please visit


Please enjoy the photos!

Neil Ash and June Barrymore Ash

Christopher Badoo ** Kima giving Scott Johnston aka 'Daddy' a big kiss, with Andrea Muir looking on

Ian and Shanley Gardner ** Melanie Cruz Walsh and her husband Dr. Colin Walsh

A volunteer getting some 'girl talk' by Kima


Reena Horowitz ** Dottie Stanley

Cheryl Mitchell ** and

Leonard Simpson with Kima ** Tim and Ellen Zinn

C'est Magnifique Dessert!

Deborah Stokes ** Veronica Braun

A Table Setting

The Terrific Volunteers taking a quick break

Dr. Mark Goldstein of the San Diego Humane Society giving Kima a Kiss!

Pat and Bob Whalen

Chris and Mark Goldstein

Dr. Richard Whelock and Mary Whelock

Kima and Dr. Michael Keller's Grandson, Maxwell Philip Keller

Christopher Badoo with Veronica Braun and Leonard Simpson

Leanne Healy and Tylor Proven with Andrea Muir

John Cardosa with Veronica Braun and VIP

Nicole and John Cardosa

Pat Whalen taking an important phone call with a dog statue looking on...

To learn more about arthritis and all of the care and prevention programs available, please visit

photo courtesy of Sean Capshaw of

Reported by Margo Schwab

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Great news the Samoyeds have been adopted.... and their owner, Cathy Pendleton got to know that her beloveds were placed in loving homes before she passed from breast cancer.

Thank you all who spread the word to get these dogs adopted!

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June 6th - The Arthritis Foundation walk. The Arthritis Walk® is the Arthritis Foundation’s annual nationwide event that raises awareness and funds to fight arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability. It is a tremendous opportunity to help improve the lives of the 46 million men, women and children doctor-diagnosed with arthritis.

And Kima is the Dog Honoree for the walk! So 'Let's Move Together!'

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Dogs get Arthritis too! 



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* Margo Schwab, more formally known as Margaret E. Schwab, has produced, written, interviewed and photographed for various media organizations since 1989. Schwab attended Holton Arms School, La Jolla Country Day School and La Jolla High School. Schwab has a B.A. from Scripps College, spent a business internship with S.A.I.C., Science Applications International Corporation, and earned a Masters of Business degree, M.B.A., from the University of San Diego. Schwab additionally took college courses from Harvard University, and Syracuse University. Schwab volunteers for numerous charity organizations. She also continues to support animal organizations and the prevention of people and animal abuse. Schwab is the editor of The Social Diary.



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