Red Rose Society

Hosts Luncheon

at Bistro 101


The Red Rose Society invite said casual for lunch September 9th, 2009. The location atmosphere was casual too at Bistro 101 in Encinitas.

Red Rose Society Founder Jeanne Jones came in pretty blue 'sweats.' Mary Walker came dressed to the nines. She was headed to the Del Mar Race Track afterwards.

The event had a more serious purpose than dress attire though.

"The American Red Cross's Red Rose Society is dedicated to helping San Diego and Imperial Counties become America’s most prepared communities. The mission of the Red Rose Society is to work in partnership with the Red Cross and support the local chapter by advocating preparedness, increasing community awareness of the Red Cross, and fundraising."


Jeanne Jones with Reena Horowitz, and Jack and Judy White


And the Red Rose Society raises big funds for emergency response vans. Nine vehicles have been purchased so far to help San Diegans in need.

More there supporting this worthy cause were Toni Bloomberg, Joye Blount, Mary Bradley, Debra Turner, Valerie Cooper, Karen Fox, Ann Otterson, Marilyn Creson Brown, Judy Burer, Joe Craver, Dixie Unruh, Erna Viterbi, Reena Viterbi, Elaine Lipinsky, Judy and Jack White, the designer Jordan, Judy Moffson, Joyce Gattas, Doreann Gibson, Lee Goldberg, June Barrymore-Ash, Heidi Gutierrez, Vicky Holly, Jeanne Jones' husband Don Breitenberg, and Chris Marek.

Chris is the Chief Officer, Development and Communications, American Red Cross, San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter.

Jeanne Jones later described the day and its purpose. "The Red Rose Society is a support group for the American Red Cross Chapter for San Diego and Imperial County. The sole purpose of this group is to provide the necessary funds for needed emergency response vehicles, such as passenger vans, canteens, communication vans, on- site trailers and any other type of vehicle the chapter needs. In only four years this small, but dedicated group has raised the money for nine such vehicles, all emblazoned with the Red Rose logo. For more information on the Red Rose Society go to Red Rose or call Chris Marek at (858)309-1217.

Bistro 101, a fabulously funky restaurant near the ocean in Encinitas was both an unusual and successful venue for the last Red Rose Society event. The attire was beach casual and the menu started with sushi followed by a tasty curried tuna salad and a scrumptious orange parfait for dessert. The extremely entertaining musical program following lunch was provided by alumni of the Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre department at San Diego State University. The singers were directed by Dr. Rick Simas, a musical theatre specialist and long time guiding light of this extraordinary group. The Liza Minnelli impersonation received a standing ovation!"

Jordan agreed and added this. "The Red Rose Event was such fun! The Red Rose Society is a great concept for a great cause, the Red Cross, and Jeanne comes up with unusual fun get away's. I can't wait to see what she comes up with for the next one."


As Red Rose Society Founder Jeanne Jones says:

"The people we help through the Red Rose Society could one day be ourselves.”

To learn more about the American Red Cross San Diego/ Imperial counties Chapter and future Red Rose Society events, please visit,

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June Barrymore-Ash with Chris Marek and Marilyn Brown

Bistro 101 Tuna Curried Salad and Greens

Debra Turner with Valerie Cooper

Joe Craver with Joyce Gattas

Chris Marek with Joe Craver

Mary Walker with Guests

Cathryn Ramirez of Tiffany's

Mary Walker with Joye Blount

Jordan with Dixie Unruh

Dixie Unruh with Jordan



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The Buzz


Some generous San Diegans supported amfAR in Milano, Italy during Milano's fashion week. David Copley was there and so was Tanya and Charles Brandes. The event took place September 28th, 2009 at La Permanente Milano. The cup did runneth over that night... Dita Von Teese performed... you know the gal who is famous for her performance out of a big sized champagne cup... she is also known for other big burlesque sized cups....

The Event Chairs for the event included Linda Evangelista, and Janet Jackson. Also sighted was designer Donatello Versace.

amfAR events have raised over $50 million for critical AIDS research programs.



on the Gorilla front....

Mary Drake, animal lover that she is, had quite the trip to Uganda this summer to view the gorillas. She was accompanied by Stephen and Rex Romande. By the way, the Romandes are expecting a baby, a human baby not a gorilla.



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