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The Thorntons Celebrate 2007 With Friends and Man's Best Friend!

January 7th, 2007
The Social Diary Columnist & Photographer Margo Schwab

steve, sally and john thornton

Steve, Sally and John Thornton

Steve, Sally and John Thornton absolutely put on the best New Year's Day splash each year at their La Jolla hilltop estate. With commanding views, award winning Cafe Champagne cuisine and Thornton Winery finessed grapes ... how could the party get better? Well, in addition to the fine folk invited, a four legged who's who crowd was made welcome too!

The Thornton's dog Dude greeted each tail wagging guest. There were teacup chihuahuas, rescue dogs, and one happy boxer. The Social Diary's Kima the Canine Connoisseur thought the whole party was top dog!

Among the couture clad people there were Doreen and Dr. Shonbrun with their puppy Lilly, Marie and George aka "Buzz" Burnett, the "Halerie's," Valerie and Harry Cooper, Dianne York-Goldman and Dr. Mitchel P. Goldman, Sook and Ron Hansen, Fred Applegate with his teacup chihuahua, Kathy West, Phyliss and John Parrish, Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston with Kima the Canine Connoisseur, Elizabeth and William Zongker, Ed Mracek and Lily Zhou, Vivian and Sam Hardage, Sharon and Sami Ladeki, Kristi Pieper, Lori De Maria, Ofelia and Dr. John Alksne, and Christopher with "Style Guy" Leonard Simpson. Leonard wore a fabulous knit sweater from Ralph Lauren Polo.

Hostess Sally Thornton had on dislplay her prized Gingerbread "castle." The incredible edible is from the Gingerbread City 2006 event she chaired for the Epilepsy Foundation.

Sally reflected back on that gala.

"The  exciting,  "Gingerbread  City  2006"  is  an incredible,  unprecedented  success!   Exquisite and  delicate  gingerbread  creations  are carefully  designed,  and  lovingly  constructed to  enthrall  and  enchant  you.  The  larger structures  are  intricate,  and  exquisitely detailed.   They  are  a,

  "Wanna   See!"       "Gotta   See!"       "WILL  SEE!"

 Thoughtful,  kind  and  caring,  Chairman  of  the  Sycuan  Band  of  the  Kumeyaay  Nation,  Daniel  J.  Tucker  and  the  Sycuan  Tribe,  have  every  reason  to  be  exceedingly  proud  of  the  magnificent  renovation  of  the  renowned  and  historically  significant,  U.S.   Grant   Hotel .   The  "Grant"  is  stunning,  and  the  perfect  setting  for  "Gingerbread  City  2006,"  which  provides  significant  outreach  to  those  who  are  affected  by  Epilepsy."

Only Sally and great Presidents have quotes like that!

Guests were kindly reminded to have some black eyed peas for good luck as the New Year 2007 was ushered in with cheers. Thornton Winery cheers that is!

Happy, Healthy New Year!

gingerbread house from epilepsy foundation of san diego gingerbread city event

The Gingerbread Castle

scott johnston and kimafred applegate and chihuahua

Scott Johnston in vibrant Polo cashmere making an entrance with Kima the Canine Connoisseur * Fred Applegate with the "apple" of his eye


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Cafe Champagne Catered Buffet

scott johnston and margo schwab with kimachristopher and leonard simpson

Scott Johnston and Margo Schwab with their beloved Kima * Christopher with Leonard Simpson

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Sally Thornton with her friends and her University of San Diego mascot * The Dessert table setting

paul nestor

Paul Nestor * The Fabulous Food Columnists

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Steve Thornton with Dude * John Thornton in conversation

scott johnston and kima checking out the surf from the Thornton's house

Scott Johnston and Kima checking out the surf!

valerie cooper

Valerie Cooper

john alksne family and john thornton

Ofelia and John Alksne and family, with John Thornton

lilly and dude

Lilly and Dude checking out the buffet

judy wolfe

Judy Wolfe

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Dianne York-Goldman with a rare animal printed Louis Vuitton purse * Scott Johnston and Kima




__________Zagat Accoladed....&.... "Culinary Genius!" says The Social Diary's Scott Johnston_______

* 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. Margo is currently writing a book based on La Jolla.

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