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Annual UCSD Cardio Gala 2006 - 'The Heart of San Diego'
March 12th, 2006
by The Social Diary Columnist &
Photographer Margo Schwab
'The Heart of San
Diego' pulsed generously as over 550 elegantly dressed patrons
gathered at the historic Hotel Del Coronado for the 9th Annual
UCSD Cardiovascular Gala fundraiser. And once again,
Zandra Rhodes and Salah Hassanein chaired
the event. This couple supports many causes in San Diego, but
the UCSD Cardio Gala really gets their hearts and generosity.
As such, UCSD Chancellor Mary Anne Fox presented
Zandra and Salah with the prestigious 'Heart of San Diego' award
during the evening.
- Sheri Jamieson with Hermeen Scharaga, Co-Chairs Salah Hassanein
and Zandra Rhodes with actor Larry Hagman, Matt and Iris Strauss)
But first, the gala started
with Thornton Winery champagne and 'Del delicious' appetizers,
while guests mingled about the grand ballroom at the Del. Standing
out among the many were Kate Adams, Ofelia Alksne
with her husband Dr. John Alksne, he's head of
the UCSD Neurology Department, Colleen and Augusto Angelucci,
Rita and Dr. Richard Atkinson, Kathy and Dr. Ori Ben-Yehuda, Dr.
Colleen Buono, Audrey Geisel with Alex Butterfield, Marsha and
Bill Chandler, Patti and Coop Cooprider, and
Valerie Cooper. Valerie caused quite the 'style stir'
in her Marc Jacobs dress. The lace overlayed dress inspired
many hearts to race including that of her Versace tuxedo'd husband,
Typical of Valerie though,
she pointed the accolades to others."All the amazing Zandra
dresses, I had never seen so many but at a fashion show. Zandra
was definitely the belle of the ball in her acid green design.
A beautiful combination with her pink hair. And did you know that
Lael made all the table cloths for the party?"
- Dr. Mickey Shahon, Sheri and Dr. Stuart Jamieson, Marsha Shahon,
Sue and Dr.Ron Heller)
(pictured here - Marsha
Shahon and Diane Clarke, Salah Hassanein with Zandra Rhodes and
Larry Hagman, Erika Torri with the happily engaged, Kevin Ranker
and Katharina Torri)
That's Lael Kovtun,
who helped coordinate the table clothes in themes of black and
pink. Lael was dressed in a black Zandra gown with gold and silver
moon detailing. Others wearing Zandra couture included Jeanne
Jones, Renee Roth and Lori DeMaria.
Lori is the wife of Anthony aka Tony DeMaria, the
Director of the Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center
for which this event's $500,000 plus proceeds will go to.
UCSD Cardiovascular surgeons
are known throughout the world. One prominent surgeon on hand
was Dr. Stuart Jamieson. Stuart has raised the
bar when it comes to heart and lung transplant surgeries. Stuart
was joined by his lovely wife, Sheri Jamieson. Sheri has
long been a big supporter of UCSD's medical, arts and educational
programs. Sheri was dressed beautifully in a lacy black Zandra
Rhodes couture original for the event.
After cocktails, guests
were enticed to sit down to a heart healthy meal. Baked spiny
lobster in a boursin tart drizzled with a roasted shallot vinaigrette,
Cornish game hen stuffed with wild rice accompanied by seasonal
vegetables to the side, and then it was time for the bomb. That's
the warm chocolate lava bomb with raspberry coulis for dessert.
The meal was so heart healthy you know it was Jeanne Jones,
'Cook It Light' approved.
And approve they did. More
guests enjoying the festivities included Nancy and James
Demetriades, Martha and Ed Dennis, John Evey, Sue and Mark Forster
and Joyce Glazer, radiant in Ungaro
couture from her October trip to Paris. Joyce was joined by her
wonderful husband Ed Glazer.
was there too and so was Lee and Frank Goldberg, Lola
and Walter Green (they underwrote a good portion of the
evening), Daran and Ray Grimm, Anne and Ben Haddad, Maj
and Larry Hagman, Nancy and Larry Hartigan, Teresa and Harry Hixson,
Lael and Jay Kovtun, Sharon and Sami Ladeki, Reinette and Marvin
Levine, Courtney and Ray Liddy, Anne and John Minteer, Veryl Mortenson,
Gene Nocon, Pat O'Conner of FCC, Esther and Dick Paul, Dr. and
Mrs. Tri Nguyen, Rose Marie and Charles Pipitone, Muffy and Dr.
John Reed of the Burnham Institute for Medical Research,
and Renee and Duane Roth (Duane's head
of UCSD CONNECT).
There too were Hermeen
and Sam Scharaga, Noni and Dr. Drew Senyei, Iris Strauss,
regally dressed in a gold brocaded ensemble by Oscar de la Renta,
with her husband Matthew Strauss, Gaby and Rich Sulpizio
(very generous donors), Susan and Dr. Richard Ulevitch, Dixie
and Ken Unruh, Erika and Fred Torri, Sheryl and Harvey White,
Judy and Jack White, Dr. Florence and Dr. Paul Wolf, and
Elizabeth and William Zongker.
During dinner there was the
video and award tribute to Salah and Zandra, described poignantly
by patron Erika Torri. "The tribute to Zandra
and Salah was well done and was rightfully bestowed on one of
the most deserving couples in San Diego. They both give lavishly
of their resources, including time, talent and wealth and San
Diego is a better place because of it. In addition, they add a
festive atmosphere to any event they attend. We are grateful for
And the entire program for
the evening was well planned, and an event rarity, on schedule.
commented "I really enjoyed it." Lael's husband Jay
Kovtun agreed adding the program was to the point, and
And many more agreed. Among
them was patron Susan Ulevitch. "It was
a very well organized event .... in addition to being beautifully
decorated, everyone very dressed up, the program kept to a schedule
and guests left knowing what the Cardiovascular Center does and
who is involved. And this while having dancing throughout and
without going too long or getting boring. And, best of all, by
9:15 the program was over and it was only dancing til the end!
We were with Dr Robert and Sondra Berk (former
chairman Radiology Dept, UCSD). Dr Tony DeMaria,
Director of the Center, is obviously well respected and liked,
and mingled with everyone."
British designated Royal Photographer
Gene Nocon noted "great event as always
with Salah and Zandra."
No stranger to chairing stellar
galas, Joyce Glazer added, "It was evident
that the city of San Diego has "a big heart". Proof
of this was the some 500 people lead by Zandra and Salah to contribute
to the 9th Annual Heart Ball! And a glamorous group they were!!!"
(pictured here - Harry and
Valerie Cooper, William and Elizabeth Zongker)
here - Diane Clarke with Elizabeth Zongker, Joyce Glazer, Dan
Sullivan with Harvey White)
(pictured here - Dr. John
Alksne, Rose Marie Pipitone, Hermeen Scharaga and Ofelia Alksne,
Dr. Mickey Shahon, Dr. Stuart Jamieson, Marsha Shahon, Sue and
Dr. Ron Heller)
(pictured here - Hermeen
Scharaga with Ofelia Alksne, Teresa and Harry Hixson, Toby with
(pictured here - Valerie
Cooper with Sheryl White, Sharon Ladeki and Joyce Glazer)
(pictured here - Frank and
Lee Goldberg with Pat and Bob Whalen)
Valerie Norman and Hanaa Hensersky ** Gene Nocon)
had a superb time supporting the cause with her husband Walter
Green. "Walter and I had a great evening supporting
what will become San Diego's leading cardiovascular
center, The Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center.
Dr. Toni DeMaria, the Director of this center
did a wonderful job sharing with all of us about the facility
to come and everyone looks forward to seeing this center become
a reality in our community. The setting of the gala this year
at the ballroom of the Hotel Del Coronado was spectacular and
everyone raved about the beautiful flowers that adorned each table
and how incredible the room looked. And the dance band the "Kicks"
put the finishing touch on the evening . Then we all departed
with our crystal paperweights and heart shaped t shirts designed
by honoree Zandra Rhodes. It was an absolutely beautiful and memorable
evening for all who were there!"
of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography observed "Salah
and Zandra were quite surprised and pleased with the video tribute,
which they did not expect. It was fun to see Larry Hagman going
down among the tables to encourage more bidding when his cowboy
hat was auctioned (for $2750, I believe)."
Well, J.R. from television's
Dallas always did know how to get the deal done.
And so do San Diegan's.
The Sulpizio Family
Cardiovascular Center at UCSD will be a great addition
and expansion to UCSD's existing and highly regarded medical facilities.
Schwab Archives........New This
* Margo Schwab has
produced, written, interviewed and photographed for various media
organizations since 1989. Schwab has a B.A. degree
from Scripps College and a Masters of
Business degree from the University of San Diego.
Schwab volunteers for numerous charity organizations. She also
continues to lobby for water safety and for family violence mitigation.
Schwab is the owner and publisher of The Social Diary.
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