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Why It's Fun To Be a 'Gold Digger'

photo credit - Jeremiah Sullivan

July 8th, 2006
The Social Diary Columnist & Photographer Margo Schwab

They aren't typical 'gold diggers,' these gals are GOLD Givers. G-O-L-D is an acronym for 'Gifts of Loving Donors.' The Gold Digger committee selects and supports various San Diego organizations. This year's "Hats Off to San Diego" luncheon at the Prado Ballroom was themed appropriately enough, "Magic Through Giving."

Sally Thornton was the Honorary Chair. Sally as usual, also hosted quite a few tables of beautifully chapeau'd guests. Sally's guests included Phyliss Parrish in a bedazzling Southern belle styled chapeau, Carol Karlovich, Joyce Glazer, Afife Baloyan, Marjie Atwood, Joan Bowes, Anne Evans (Anne just hosted a beautiful luau at her Catamaran Hotel), Kathleen Buoymaster, Valerie Cooper, Micki Farrell, Betty Kornreich, Carol Laventhol and artist Judith Jarcho.

Doreen Schonbrun was also there along with pretty Event Chair Julie Sarno, and Gold Digger's President Diana Vuichi. All admiring the hat contest. The contest was fun and fierce as different organization representatives modeled artistic hats, all vying for prize money to go to that particular organization.

The $500 Wild Card Hat was won by the Autism Tree Project Foundation, the Best Theme Hat went to the Star of India. They received $500 too. Third Prize and $750 went to the Friends of the Braille Institute. Second Prize and $1,000 went to the Star of India Auxiliary. And the $2,000 First Prize for the Fantasy Hat went to the Friends of East County Arts.

And it was fun for all including Susan Farrell and her mother Darlene Farrell, Kitty Kaufman, Lilo Miller, Peggy Matthews, Ellen Bryson, and Mary Johnson.

Sally Thornton, a wordsmith, summed the event's purpose by thanking supporters for “helping the Gold Diggers make their magic.”

pictured here - Valerie Cooper in a Philip Treacy chapeau and friend, Betty Kornriech

pictured here - guest with Joyce Glazer, mother/daughter duo Darlene Farrell and Susan Farrell

pictured here - Event Chair Julie Sarno with Burl Stiff, Honorary Chair Sally Thornton with Event Chair Julie Sarno

pictured here - Phyliss Parrish in Southern confection chapeau

pictured here - Carol Karlovich, Anne Evans of the Evans Hotels

pictured here - Hat contest contestants

* Margo Schwab has produced, written, interviewed and photographed for various media organizations since 1989. Schwab has an college 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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