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2012 Seacrest Village's 'Magical Moments' Gala

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The 34th Annual Women's Auxiliary Gala named 'Magical Moments!' took place February 11th, 2012 at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa. The evening benefits the Seacrest Village Retirement Communities' mission "to provide excellence and quality of life while embracing traditional Jewish and cultural values."

Guests for this evening included Women's Auxiliary President Mary Epsten and her husband Jon Epsten, Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Jeri-Ann and Gary Jacobs, Nancy and Micky Gordon, Lee and Frank Goldberg, Sally and John Thornton, Sheila and Jeff Lipinsky, Susan Ulevitch, Alberta Feurzeig, Melissa and Michael Bartell, and the Event Chairs Cindy and Larry Bloch.

Also there were Honorees Lisa and Gary Levine who have done so much for Seacrest Village Retirement Communities.

More there supporting the cause were Emma and Leo Zuckerman. Emma wore black Carolina Hererra and Leo accessorized with a cane. He is in recovery from a pelvis fracture.

Still more there were Lael and Jay Kovtun, Jane Ottenstein, she chaired last year's event, Marilyn and Roger Boesky, Pauline Foster, and Doreen and Myron Schonbrun.

Myron had an extra reason to celebrate. It was his birthday as well.

The fun continued with dinner, a magical show by America's Got Talent winner Murray Sawchuck (now a headliner in Las Vegas), and dancing to Society Beat.

Guest Steven Judith had this to say. "The philanthropic generosity of the families and friends of Seacrest Village is greatly appreciated.  The work being done by Seacrest is a testimony to not only the commitment families have to their communities, but also the lost art of caring for our Elders who have so richly given of themselves and their wisdom, for so many years of their lives to all of us."

Longtime patron Lee Goldberg added this. "The importance of Seacrest Village is best said by a quote by Abraham Joshua Herschel: 'A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old.  It is easy to love children.  Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children.  But the affection and care for the old, the incurables, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture.' The number of elderly who need care, and a home rises every year, we must take care of them!"

Guests took home a white and dark chocolate rabbit in a top hat...Magical Moments indeed!

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Paul and Joyce Dostart

Viviana and Charles Polinsky

The reception music

Jon and Mary Epsten

Roger Boesky with Jon Epsten

Rusti Bartell with Marilyn Boesky and Mary Epsten

Mary Epsten greeting guests

Seacrest Village Retirement Villages President / CEO Pam Ferris talking with Board member Dennis Lavine

Nancy and Micky Gordon

Nancy Browar with Gail Satin

Jane Ottenstein

Jeff Lipinsky with Ernie Addelson

Marilyn and Roger Boesky with Judy and Jack White

Steven Rosenberg and Rusti Bartell getting cozy

Shirley Levine

A beautiful dinner table setting with 'S' for Seacrest napkin rings, and chocolate goodies featuring a rabbit coming out of a top hat

Lee Goldberg resplendent in a gold Jovani gown ** Lee Goldberg also pictured with Scott Johnston

Barbara Bloom enjoying a good laugh with a friend

Steven Judith and Anabelle Rojas

Judy White greeting John Thornton

Doreen Schonbrun

Emma and Leo Zuckerman

Leo and Emma Zuckerman off to the grand ballroom

Nancy Browar with Scott Johnston

Nancy Browar

Above and Below, Event Chairs Cindy and Larry Bloch announcing the wonderful accomplishments of the honorees, Lisa and Gary Levine

Above and Below, Honorees Gary and Lisa Levine

Honorees' Family, Rosalyn & Norman Schechter (Lisa Levine’s parents)

Lee Goldberg listening intently to the Honorees

Myron and Doreen Schonbrun

Jay and Lael Kovtun

Carole Laventhol

Doreen Schonbrun giving her birthday boy, Myron Schonbrun a little birthday 'pat'

Lisa Levine with family

Lisa Levine with daughter Jamie Levine and the Afsahi family

Above and Below, Matt and Nancy Browar

Susan Ulevitch

All smiles are Sylvia Geffen, Suzi Feldman, Joann Weitzen and Helene Ziman

Pauline Foster with Irwin Jacobs

Joan Jacobs

Joan Jacobs, Marjory Kaplan of the Jewish Community Foundation, and Jerri-Ann Jacobs

Barbara Bloom with guest and Myron Schonbrun


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* Margo Schwab, MBA, more formally known as Margaret E. Schwab, has produced, written, interviewed and photographed for various media organizations since 1989. Schwab attended Holton Arms School, La Jolla Country Day School and La Jolla High School. Schwab has a B.A. from Scripps College, spent a business internship with S.A.I.C., Science Applications International Corporation, and earned a Masters of Business degree, M.B.A., from the University of San Diego by way of Claremont Graduate School . Schwab additionally took college courses from Harvard University, and Syracuse University. Schwab volunteers for numerous charity organizations. She also continues to support animal organizations and the prevention of people and animal abuse. Schwab is the editor and co-owner of The Social Diary.

Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston of The Social Diary Magazine are pleased to announce a partnerships with the San Diego Humane Society and SD METRO Magazine. They have also partnered with Country Friends and the San Diego American Heart Association and the Arthritis Foundation.

Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston are both members of the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club (Margo Schwab since 1974) and both are now members of the University Club and its worldwide ClubCorp Compass Society. Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston are Police Press credentialed by the Chief of Police, William Lansdowne.


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