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San Diego Center For Children's 'Fashion Cornucopia'




Well dressed supporters came in big numbers to the U.S. Grant October 17th, 2008 to support the San Diego Center for Children's mission, 'Healing Hearts and Minds.'

Honorary Chair Sally B. Thornton was among the lovely mix of ladies. So were Chairs Doreen Schonbrun and Mary Johnson. They were joined by a tremendous Honorary Committee including Carol Karlovich, Kitty Kaufman, Betty Kornreich, Carol Laventhol, Pamela Palisoul, Rana Sampson, Hermeen Scharaga, Louarn Sorkin, Mary Walker, Betty Vale, Virginia Napierskie, Anne Newbury, Barbara Bloom, Audrey Geisel, Cristull Hasson and Valerie Cooper.

The day started off with mingling, cocktails for some, and a whole lot of silent auction shopping. Temptations included items from Ageless & Beautiful Spa, California Ballet, Legoland California Resort, Sea World, The Fish Market, the USS Midway, the Zoological Society of San Diego, San Diego Museum of Art, and a nifty shirt from La Martina that was swooped on by The Social to get that Christmas shopping done!

The fun continued with a very tasty lunch. Seasonal heirloom tomatoes with feta cheese, black olives and oregano dressing was followed by seared salmon with horseradish chive crust, lemon thyme polenta cake and market vegetables. Dessert was irresistible. A lemon souffle cake light as can be with a blueberry compote.

Children from the San Diego Center for Children sang, performed and won hearts. A room full of hearts.

And then it was time for the promised Fashion Cornucopia extravaganza. And a tasteful show it was. And that's not referring to some of the edible gourd accessories models wore. The fashions were wearable, tailored, and tastefully timeless. The show was produced flawlessly by Fashion Forward and KUSI's Style Guy, Leonard Simpson.

Some locals got to join in the modeling too. Kima walked in Jemima Dutra Designs with Mommie and Daddy, Dr. Myron Schonbrun walked the walk, and so did Vincent Andrunas, hat and all.

In sum, Chair Doreen Schonbrun had this to say. "A huge thank you goes out to all of my friends and the members of our community who supported the San Diego Center For Children luncheon and fashion show. The San Diego Center For Children is the oldest accredited nonprofit organization, serving the community for 121 years. The mission of the San Diego Center for Children is to promote the well-being of children, youth, families, and communities by providing an array of proven and effective mental health, educational, and social services. Every day, they work with children and adolescents who have been severely abused and neglected. The children suffer from behavioral, emotional and learning difficulties.  Eighty-two of the children are in residence at the center."

Hats off to San Diego Center for Children for their tremendous programs and care that put children on a positive and happy path.

Co-Chairs Doreen Schonbrun and Mary Johnson

Rana Sampson with Jim Mulvaney Jr. and Ceil Ball, President of IRIS

Karina Lion with Sally B. Thornton

Kima giving a kiss to Joseph Santapaola of La Martina

La Martina Store's Joseph Santapaola and co-worker ** Betty Kornrecih with Kima

Guest with Myron Schonbrun and Joni Alpert

Colette Stefanko ** Carol Karlovich with Mary Walker ** Gigi Cramer

Doreen and Myron Schonbrun

Sheree Neff ** Sue Kalish with Dede Carlson ** Katherine Kennedy with Valerie Cooper

Kima in Jemima Dutra Couture

Ceil Ball and Guests

Guests ** Cristina Schwartz with '10 Best Dressed to the Nth's', Scott Johnston

Event Emcee Bill Menish with Guest

Valerie Cooper with Paul Nestor

Esther Jane Paul ** Jeannette Maxwell ** Beth Binger

Fashion Forward's Leonard Simpson making sure a model is perfect ** Guests


Fashion Forward's 'A Cornucopia of Fashions featuring BEBE, Brooks Brothers, G Star, Gentlemen's Tux Club, Haute Culture, Ooh La la, Preview Gowns, NYLA Kensington, Scott James East Village, Star Fashions, Stephanie Shoes, Tommy Bahama of La Jolla, and Twirl...

Make Up by Face Factory, Hair Styling by Joseph Anthony the Hair Lab

Scott Johnston, Kima, and Margo Schwab in Jemima Dutra Designs ** Kima telling Kimberly Biehl of Saks afterwards all about the show!


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The Social Diary would like to salute Mary Johnson and Doreen Schonbrun for their commitment to children who need and deserve love and direction, to Leonard Simpson who staged a fabulous fashion show, and Sally B. Thornton who supports so many events.


Reported by Margo Schwab, Kima, and Scott Johnston,

p.s. - Scott was voted one of San Diego's Voted 10 Best Dressed for the upcoming Scripps Mercy Hospital fundraiser November 21st, at the U.S. Grant Hotel


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* Margo Schwab, 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. 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 of The Social Diary.



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Laughter is the best medicine.....

Dr. Myron Schonbrun had a great time on Halloween day. Not only did he go to Thornton Winery in costume as 'Joe the Plumber,' but he also saw his patients earlier that day in costume.


Girls Gone Wild

Yes that was quite the birthday party at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club October 30th, 2008. The Walnut Room was filled with about 50 or so of birthday gal Mary Walker's friends. A little wine turned into a lot of dancing to the live entertainment. This fun shindig was hosted by Carol Karlovich who did a beautiful job!


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November 12th, 2008

The Huntington Disease Society of America will host their annual Celebration of Hope Gala at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla. The event will feature a one man play written by Dick Enberg and starring Cotter Smith. Contact Natalie Watson at HDSA San Diego (619) 225-2255

Friday, November 21st, 2008

The US Grant Hotel will host the Scripps Mercy Hospital Auxiliary’s 'Dressed to the Nth Degree' runway fashion show luncheon. Leonard Simpson's list of San Diego’s best-dressed men and top women. includes Valerie Cooper, Daran Grimm, Mary Beth Kellee, Michala Lawrence, Ferne McCuen, Esther Jane Paul, Sally B. Thornton, Natalie Daryl Walter, Feben Yohannes, Barbara ZoBell. Michael Bixler, Harry Cooper, Todd Figi, Bertrand Hug, Scott Johnston, Jessie Knight, Jr., Rueben Poon, David Reicks, Jonathan Shiff, and Dean Spanos.

Proceeds will benefit Scripps Mercy Hospital’s Minimally Invasive Surgery Program utilizing robotic equipment that provides clear imagery.

Tickets are $95-$!50 Contact Julaine Anton. 619-692-0707 for reservations.


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A Great learning Experience for Kids Too!

There are a lot of beautiful animals in shelters who need support. No donation is too big or too small. You can always designate an animal of choice to support. Ideally they need a forever home.

Kima supported Boxers Roxy at The San Diego Humane Society and Cowboy last year. This year, Kima supported the San Diego Humane Society again this year.

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Give big and unclutter your life.... Salvation Army is great. They don't just resell, they train people and give them jobs and respect.

The Social Diary is very happy to support The Salvation Army!

Have a great, great week!

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