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Black and White and Fun All Over? - Casablanca at the Prado 2006
credit - Jeremiah
July 30th, 2006
The Social Diary Columnist & Photographer
A Black & White Gala---What a party and what a theme! The
magnificent outdoor courtyard at the Natural History Museum was
filled with guests in black and white attire with many of the
men wearing the black top hats and sporting the black canes and
many of the women waving the white flower wands, all given as
favors as we entered. Jeffrey Strauss even outdid
himself, catering an elegantly-served Moroccan dinner as Casablanca,
the movie, played over the head of the band. It was a truly great
party!” reports Ruth
And it was that and more.
Guests were there for more than just a party though. The gala
Patrons of the Prado evening July 15th, 2006 by the Bea Evensen
Fountain on the Prado in Balboa Park raised big funds for the
The Old Globe, the San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum,
and Timken Museum of Art. Lots of money in fact.
And what fun it was. Co-Chair
Ellen Zinn remarked, "Snake charmers, pick pockets,
magicians, belly dancers, nude models and even a camel named Cloyed.
We pull out all the stops to make sure people have a great time,
and they do!"
Guests walked through through a Moroccan
marketplace and were greeted by Casablanca's “Sam.”
Cloyed the camel posed with patrons. There were tempting silent
auction items, and a plethora of themed dressing that went well
with the cocktail hour and evening.
Top hats and canes were the vogue for men
including Bertrand Hug, Coop Cooprider, Dr. Leonard Kornreich,
Phil Palisoul, Allen Redman, Ed Dennis, and Dr. Stephen Wheeler.
Don Breitenberg bucked the trend and wore a spectacular, 'chic
sheik' inspired gold turban. Don's Princess, Jeanne Jones wore
lacey couture by Giorgio Armani.
Valerie Cooper was appropriate too in a
black and white dress by Monique Lhuillier. The white skirt had
cascades of pedals. Harry Cooper, top hat and all, stayed right
by his "flower."
Co-Chair Courtney Liddy went
for a pretty strapless gown. Courtney was accompanied by her husband
and father-in-law, Ray and G. Gordon Liddy respectively.
Dinner, dancing to the "Kicks",
a live auction, and gambling continued the evening. A few auctioned
dinner parties with Pamplemousse's Jeffrey Strauss went for $8,000
plus each. Well worth it. A dinner at the spectacular home of
Judy and Jack White fetched quite a big number too.
Patron Dolly Woo had nothing but
compliments for the ladies in charge."Wasn't that a lovely
evening?! I think Ellen Zinn is a gem, and under the leadership
of Betty Kornreich and Pam Palisoul, I am sure they raised a lot
of money and the museums benefited." Dolly has good reason
to admire their skills. She is this year's SummerFest Chair for
the La Jolla Music Society, which starts the first week of August.
Top supporters included the aforementioned
Jeanne Jones & Don Breitenberg, the man in the turban, Mary
Beth Adderley and husband Richard Wright (she was in charge of
all the wonderful decorations) and Ellen and Tim Zinn. Ellen wore
spectacular South Sea pearls.
More there were June and Neil Ash, Patti
and Coop Cooprider, and Betty and Dr. Leonard Kornreich. Betty
is the President of the Patrons of the Prado. Having fun too with
the Casablanca theme were Pam and Phil Palisoul, Dottie and Davie
Stanley, Charlotte Hogue and Dr. Phil Rand, Dixie and Ken Unruh,
Sheryl and Harvey White (they were the recent Gold Star Honorees
for the San Diego Performing Arts League), Ruth and Paul Jacobowitz,
Jacqueline and Dr. John Lesher, Dolores and Enrique Landa, K.K.
Kennedy and Robert Horsman, Kathleen and Ned Buoymaster, Barbara
and Dr. Bill McColl, Susan Dunn and Robert Mani, Judy and Lou
Ferrero, Lola and Walter Green, and of course Courtney and Ray
The Prado’s 91st birthday was
stellar as noted by Dottie Stanley. "The
Casablanca evening was dazzling, as were the women in their white
flowing gowns and the men in their dapper black tuxedos. Bogart
and Bergman would have been proud to be among us."
And so it was a 'fait accompli'
as the mission of the Patrons of the Prado, raising "moneys
for the benefit of the arts organizations and museums on the Prado
of Balboa Park," was all told quite the success.
As Humphrey Bogart told Ingrid
Bergen, "We'll always have Paris." And fortunately,
the museums and arts organizations of Balboa Park will always
have the Patrons
of the Prado.
pictured here - Barbara
Brown and friend, Dottie Stanley, Patrons of the Prado President
Betty Kornreich with Burl Stiff
pictured here -
Lynne Wheeler in Tadashi, Lynne Wheeler with Burl Stiff and Lynn
Wheeler with Betty Kornreich
pictured here - Leonard
Simpson with Michaela Lawrence, Bertrand and Denise Hug, Valerie
and Harry Cooper
pictured here - Ray Liddy,
G. Gordon Liddy and Scott Johnston
pictured here - Co-Chair
Courtney Liddy, G. Gordon Liddy, Courtney and Ray Liddy, a happy
pictured here - a pretty
guest, Coop and Patty Cooprider, Dr. Stephen Wheeler
pictured here - Ellen and
TK Bryson, Harvey and Sheryl White. Sheryl is in Roberto Cavalli.
pictured here - Karen Cohn,
Sheryl White and Jake Figi, friends with Jessica Wheeler, David
Watson with Elizabeth and Dr. John Bergan
pictured here - Dr. John
and Elizabeth Bergan, Judy and Jack White with Jeanne Jones in
Giorgio Armani, June Barrymore Ash with friend
pictured here - Bill and
Lynelle Lynch, Co-Chair Ellen Zinn, Jacqueline Zinn with Ellen
pictured here - John Lesher
and Jacqueline Zinn, a couple
pictured here - Sheri Jamieson
in a white Carolina Herrera, Tiffany and Jim Mahoney, a couple
pictured here - Carol and
Dr. Jeffrey Chang, both in Giorgio Armani, Ed Dennis
pictured here - a Jeffrey
Strauss starter of boutique tomato salad with a 'camel-ized' croissant,
Paul and Ruth S. Jacobowitz
pictured here - Scott Johnston
with Martha and Ed Dennis
pictured here - belly dancers
by the fountain, a happy reporter relaxing in a bedouin tent
* Margo Schwab has
produced, written, interviewed and photographed for various media
organizations since 1989. Schwab has a 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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