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'Moon Over Morocco' La Jolla Playhouse Gala

"The party was beautiful and fun with lots of enthusiastic patrons demonstrating their enduring support for the Playhouse. The 'Three J's would like to thank all those who made this evening such a successful event." - Sheri Jamieson


That's the three J Co-Chairs, Jeanne Jones, Sheri Jamieson, and Debby Jacobs. And they were worth a lot of camels and gold for their fundraising talents. The La Jolla Playhouse's theme was 'Moon Over Morocco' for the October 24th, 2008 event. And quite a few guests came dressed to the exotic theme.

There were big stone necklaces, Moroccan inspired caftans, and a number of fez's. And there was Clyde the Camel too. Clyde, tassels and all, drew quite a few of the beautiful sorts to pose by him.... smart man, I mean camel!

Event Co-Chairs Jeanne Jones, Debby Jacobs, and Sheri Jamieson with their Moroccan friend, Clyde the Camel

Colette Carson Royston wore a beautiful sequined Oscar de la Renta, Valerie Cooper wore an Alexander McQueen dress clinched at the waist with a stone studded waist band, Tanya Brandes chose a strapless gown that shimmered, Debby Jacobs wore a short dress by Colette Dinnigan, Sheryl White chose a short beaded Oscar de La Renta, and Sheri Jamieson wore textile rich velvet designs by Zandra Rhodes. But it was Sheri's unique necklace by Lisa Sotilis that really got the attention. Antique scarabs and all.

And there were a number of other eye catching necklaces.

Jeanne Jones wore a silk djellaba. It went well with her big stone beaded necklace. Perhaps picked out by her granddaughter Riley on their trip to Egypt earlier this year.

And there were more 'in theme' guests there. The Playhouse's Mary Ann Tacho wore a caftan she picked up in Cairo, Hermeen Scharaga wore a beautiful serpentine collier of pearls and emeralds, and Karen Cohn chose a short dress by Oscar de la Renta. The dress was all of royal throne peacock colors.

The evening started with a cocktail reception, and posing with Clyde, before guests continued to the 'tented' dinner. Jim Lennox and his team at Pacific Events transformed the Potiker Theatre into a fabulously fabric draped tent. Rich colors of gold and ruby red prevailed.

The Wolfgang Puck Catering provided the Moroccan inspired menu. Roasted baby beets with frisee, pomegranate seeds, Roquefort Cheese, walnuts, and apples were drizzled with Balsamic. The main entree of lamb was served with carrot cumin puree and oven roasted saffron tomato with a Picholine Olive sauce.

Dinner got lively when the live auction started. Tempting items got bid up big. A Bon Jovi Guitar, a dinner with Joan and Irwin Jacobs, a Jersey Boys (it all started at the Playhouse) walk on part, dinner at Sheri and Stuart Jamieson's home with Oceanaire's Chef Malarky preparing dinner, and a walk on role for Xanadu.

That's the Xanadu that is now at the La Jolla Playhouse through December 31st.... But with the talents of Christopher Ashley directing, choreography by Dan Knechtges, music and lyric by John Farrar and Jeff Lynne, all based on the book by Douglas Carter Beane, no doubt, Xanadu will be extended. A frequent occurrence of La Jolla Playhouse productions!

For this special evening, acclaimed actress Kerry Butler enthralled guests with her ethereal performance of Clio/Kira in Xanadu. Kerry is after all a 2008 Tony Award Nominated Best Actress in a Musical..... poetically referred by reviewers coast to coast as a dreamy phenom on rollerskates.

A tough act to follow but guests did. With desserts at the 'bazaar,' and fun dancing, sans rollerskates to Zowie Bowie.

Jeanne Jones concluded "when Debby, Sheri and I first started fantasizing about our party, it was exactly what we had Friday night. The Gala was like a dream come true!"

Please enjoy the photos.

Moon Over Morocco Dining Room by Pacific Events

Dr. Stuart Jamieson and Don Breitenberg

David Copley and Jeanne Jones

Lisa Stennes-Laikind and Paul Laikind ** Reena Horowitz and Toni Bloomberg ** Mary Ann Tacho

Debby and Hal Jacobs

Charles and Tanya Brandes

Colette Royston with Geri Ann Warnke

Karen and Don Cohn

Hermeen Scharaga ** Tammy Hershfield with Debby Jacobs ** Stuart Jamieson with Jeanne Jones

Jeff and Deni Jacobs

Deni Jacobs with Valerie Cooper ** Tanya Brandes ** Audrey Geisel ** Lael Kovtun

Audrey Geisel with Sheryl White

True Love in Morocco, Lael and Jay Kovtun holding hands

Margaret McBride with Barbara ZoBell ** Gail Bryan

Emma and Leo Zuckerman ** Leanne with Dr. Don Dalessio ** Karen Cohn

Barbara ZoBell in Jordan Art Couture and Karl ZoBell

Jeff and Deni Jacobs ** Scott Johnston with Harry Cooper ** Guest

Clyde smiling with Stuart and Sheri Jamieson

Deni Jacobs ** Scott Johnston with Andrew Shelton ** Tanya Brandes with Ivor Royston

Lael Kovtun with Valerie Cooper

The Moon Over Morocco Dinner Setting

Super Volunteer Pierrette Featherby with Scott Johnston ** Jim Lennox of Pacific Events

Reported by Margo Schwab (pictured here with Mary Ann Tacho) both are in Egyptian Gowns and Scott Johnston who is posing with Clyde the Camel

To learn more about the educational and outreach programs that events like these benefit, please visit La Jolla Playhouse.


We at The Social Diary would like to say a special thanks to all who support the arts and La Jolla Playhouse!!

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Excellent coverage for an exotic and fun event. Great pictures of the camel! Thank you. - S
awesome photos, sydney

Hi! lovely party, good job!V.

GREAT  photos my dear - CC

It is always such fun perusing your column and seeing how you always capture the essence of the event! The Gala was spectacular as are your photos! You preserve memories! Thanks! - P


These are some of your best pics! You captured everyone in "stage presence"
form. - H

I can't believe they had a live camel there!  How neat! I wish my house looked like the event room. Gorgeous! - P

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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 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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