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Stellar Stars for Stella Maris Academy

March 18th, 2007
The Social Diary Columnist & Photographer Margo Schwab

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A lot of supportive "Stars" came out March 3rd, 2007 to raise funds for the Stella Maris Academy. Among the 300 plus guests were Co-Chairs Cathleen Haggerty and Anseth Richards. Yes that's the Anseth whose award winning company Creative Occasions helped make the evening stellar for the evening's theme, "Star Way to Heaven."

The mighty Co-Chairs were joined by a plethora of supportive and well dressed guests who helped net a record $115,000 plus for the Stella Maris Academy 60th Anniversary Gala.

Co-Chair Cathleen Haggerty noted "It was a privilege to Co-Chair the 60th anniversary gala with Anseth and we’re grateful to both Monsignor Lyng and Mrs. Lowell for allowing us to host this landmark event. It was so much fun and we so enjoyed breaking new ground by holding the event under the stars at the school for the first time.”

Among the generous guests were Sheri and Peter Anastasi, Amie and Ron Baldwin, Betty and Michael Dunn, Sharman and Eric Dye, Gail Forbes with a number of her children, Janet and Richard Shanks, Bridget and Roland Santos, Ellen and Mark Wayne, Jan and Dave Irwin, Ruth and George Varonfakis, 2006 Teacher of the Year Mike Erickson with his wife, and Lee Clark and Dr. Jerry Pikolysky.

Lee Clark had this to say about the event. "Anseth did a fantastic job like usual. I am sure they were successful in raising $$$$ with 300 people bidding at the live auction. It was fun."

More there enjoying bidding, dancing and dining to the fabulous Robert Armstrong of Hyatt La Jolla catered event were Melissa and Cory Cunningham, Ann Kerr Bache and Tom Bache, The Honorable Joseph Brannigan and Mrs. Bernadette Brannigan, Kathy and Russell Ingledew, Betty and Buck McLean, and of course the Co-Chairs supportive husbands, Colin Haggerty and Keith Richards.

Lyne Lewis was the Auction Chair. Lyne helped bring in the enticing auction items.

Co-Chair Anseth Richards had this to say regarding the Stella Maris Academy and the Gala Event. “Chairing the 60th anniversary event was a way for me to give back to the school for the 20 years my children have been educated there. I was not only celebrating the school’s success with this event but also as a way to thank them for getting me into the business I’m running today and that is event planning. Without them, I might not be where I am today.”

With events like this, and strong community support, the Stella Maris Academy is ensured of providing quality education and foundations for current and future generations.

taylor and keith richardsCathy and Colin Haggerty

Taylor Richards with his Father, Keith Richards ** Cathleen and Colin Haggerty

Anseth and Taylor Richards

The Reception Centerpiece with appetizers ** Anseth Richards with her son Taylor

Anseth, Avalon and Taylor Richards

Anseth Richards with her daughter Avalon and son Taylor

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Guests ** Cathleen Haggerty

Cathy Haggerty and GuestEllen Wayne

Cathleen Haggerty with Guest ** Ellen Wayne

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The Young Ladies of Stella Maris Academy volunteering for the Gala

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The La Jolla Fire Department with off-duty SDPD Officer Scott Johnston



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Guest ** Buck and Betty McLean

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Guest ** Russell and Kathy Ingledew


Guest ** Anseth Richards and Kathy Ingledew


Guest ** Annie with Sharman Dye

Amie Baldwin with Guest ** Dining Room Table Setting and Centerpiece

Robert Armstrong of Hyatt La Jolla Catering getting a deserved shoulder rub before the big dinner

* Margo Schwab has produced, written, interviewed and photographed for various media organizations since 1989. Schwab has a B.A. from Scripps College and a Masters of Business degree, M.B.A., 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. Margo is currently writing a book based on La Jolla.

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