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12th - The "who's hot"
list continues with someone who is the
epitome of New York and International
chic. It is Gigi Mortimer of
the "Mortimer, Mortimer's,"
related to Averill Harriman.
(Harriman was a giant in banking, railroads,
he founded Sun Valley, he was an Ambassador
to Russia and Britain, as well as the
Governor of New York). Gigi, as a Mortimer,
is also related to a history of Whitney's,
Vanderbilt's, Churchill's and
such. She can be found at the chic-est
of parties from NYC,
to the Hampton's in
summer to Sun Valley
in winter. And Gigi doesn't just
wear couture to the parties, she inspires
it. She has long been the muse for
Vera Wang. And at 5'8",
lithe and leggy, and a natural beauty,
it's easy to see why. Gigi has also been
a designer for Ralph Lauren Accessories,
and has contemplated her own sports' related
is a favorite of Town and
Country Magazine, W Magazine
and any other fashion magazine
and news show about. Frequently adorned
in couture, vintage and new, she is one
of the most photographed society women
around. A party at Tory Burch's, Cartier,
de Grisgono Boutique, the Whitney
Museum, The Rainforest
Alliance, the NYU Child Study Center,
you name it, she supports it. But Gigi
doesn't just mix in with the likes of
Muffie Potter-Aston, Valesca
Guerrand-Hermes, Emilia Fanful,
the DuPonts and Princess
Yasmin Khan..... she
she does it with self-effacing grace.
A mother of 3 beautiful boys, Gigi has
stepped back from the limelight to have
more time with her family. In the past,
when her eldest enjoyed a surf lesson
so much, she joined in and has been hooked
every since. A regular Gidget from NYC
meets West Coast waves.
Social Diary salutes
Gigi Mortimer for her devotion
to so many causes, but most of all her
devotion to her family, and she does so
eloquently and with grace.
30th, 2005 -
"hot list" continues with a
couple who is perennially fun, smart and
inspiring. They are Juliet and
Michael Holleran. Michael
Holleran made his millions the
old fashioned way, he earned them. Holleran
is the lead marketing genius behind MBNA,
the huge company behind every credit card,
branded company's like the NFL, and a
whole lot more in financial services.
He also sings and plays the guitar. Juliet
Holleran is a "drop dead"
gorgeous fitness beauty. When she is not
on the cover of Maxim, or starring in
film, she's busy in her other pursuits
of singing (she has a stellar voice),
and being the best Mom. Juliet also designs
clothing and promotes entertainment talent.
Holleran's support a
variety of San Diego school programs as
well as the Helen Woodward Animal
Center. They also support a good
part of the San Diego event industry.
When they throw a party, it's big. A couple
hundred of people big, with Veuve Clicquot
at the minimum being poured. For Michael's
surprise party a few years back, Juliet
not only organized 600 guests at their
Rancho Santa Fe mansion, she greeted him
with keys to a new Rolls Royce!
salutes Juliet and Michael Holleran
for their kindness, smarts and generosity!
Holleran Video, and Juliet and Michael
Holleran are pictured here at
2 different wedding events.
27th, 2005 - The 'who's hot'
list includes a couple who are 20 years
strong. Valerie and Harry Cooper
or the Halerie's, as
they are affectionately now known, have
had a long devotion to supporting San
Diego causes. The Museum of Contemporary
Art San Diego, The Jewel Ball, the UCSD
Cardiovascular Ball, American Friends
of Zandra Rhodes Textile Museum, the San
Diego Museum of Art, the Rebecca and John
Moores UCSD Cancer Center....
you get the idea. And they support and
chair these and many other events with
of San Diego's prime 'givers and shakers',
this couple has led an interesting life.
Harry, the Versace wearing half of the
Halerie's, made his fortune
through computer education programs, formerly
owning the Sports Arena ie the IPay Arena,
and building and owning the Torrey Villas.
Valerie, always a fashion plate in Oscar
de la Renta, Marc Bower and more, lives
part of her life at committee meetings,
chairing events solo, sometimes as Halerie.
The other part of her life is practicing
and competing in equestrian events,and
she wins, and traveling with Harry.
Halerie's are quite fond of Aspen, in
season, Europe, and an occasional, elegant,
hut foray in Tahiti and such.
Valerie and Harry Cooper,
aka the Halerie's,
SDSD salutes your kindness
and your contribution to San Diego's many
Halerie's, Harry and Valerie Cooper.
26th, 2005 - The 'who's hot'
list is big in San Diego. It's not just
about what you have, it's what you do
with it. At the top of the SDSD
list is David Copley.
He's powerful as Publisher of the Copley
News Empire, he's rich as in Forbes rich.
But what's interesting is Copley's compassion
and generosity. It is not obligatoire
for someone in his position to give back
to the community, yet he does. San
Diego Hospice, the Museum of Contemporary
Art San Diego, La Jolla Playhouse are
3 of the many organizations that Copley
has given generously to over the years.
to June, 2005. Copley received a necessary
heart transplant. The confirmed
buzz is that Copley is saying thank you
for the gift of life quietly, but in a
big way. Rumour has it that Sharp Hospital's
planned expansion has everything to do
with one greatful patient in particular.
David Copley, SDSD
salutes your generosity and compassion.
Copley is pictured here with his good
friend Judith Harris.
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