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Rendezvous in Paris

Patrons of the Prado Gala 2010

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The Patrons of the Prado has been raising funds for the benefit of organizations and the museums within Balboa Park since 1997. This year they did it with a French Flair. The annual gala benefit July 10th, 2010 was themed 'Rendezvous in Paris,' an evening that put a lot of ooh la la into gala giving.

This year's chosen beneficiaries were The Old Globe, The San Diego Hall of Champions, and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.

Chair Betty Kornreich ** Honorary Chairs Conrad Prebys and Debra Turner

Guests checked in and entered the event through the 'Jardin des Tuileries' for cocktail hour, later continued along a promenade to pass under the 'L'Arc de Triomphe' for dinner and show, and later partied big at the 'Moulin Rouge.'

One of the big hits of the evening was Obba Babatunde of the muscial hit 'Sammy!'

Lou Spisto, the Executive Director of the Old Globe had this to say about the evening. "The Patrons of the Prado annual gala is always a night to remember and this year was no exception. I was particularly thrilled with my friend Obba Babatunde's fantastic cabaret act which really made the event even more special. To top it all off The Globe is one of the three recipients of the proceeds--so how could I not have had a great time!"

Others enjoying the night included Honorary Chairs Debra Turner and Conrad Prebys, Lynne and Steve Wheeler, Maggie and Gary Bobileff, they chaired the great KidsCorps event recently, Vicki and Chris Eddy, Stuart Kincaid, he won the trip to Cuba, Reena and Sam Horowitz, Lola and Walter Green, Lyn and Stephen Krant, Gayle and Jim Krause, and Betty and Leonard Kornreich.

Betty Kornreich, pretty in a pink Helen Morley gown served as the elegant Chair for the event. One couldn't help but notice the 86 carat amethyst on her right ring finger. A gift she said from her kind mother-in-law.

Among the others fashionably there were Iris Strauss in Oscar de la Renta detailed blouse and long skirt, Sheryl White in a sleek silk number by Douglas Hannant, Karen Cohn in a pretty strapless polka dot gown by Oscar de la Renta, and Karen Fox in a daring cutout number. She said that she did a lot of working out to fit beautifully in that gown!

It was a great evening and there were many nice comments after the event.

"The 'Evening in Paris'  was a romantic, beautiful and fun filled evening" said Iris Straus.. "The  beauty of the Park combined with  the  decor, and the energy of the  party was special,  the food was delicious and the entertainment was great!  The Chairs of the event should be very proud and feel happy that all their hard work paid off;  and it seemed like they raised a lot of money for the museums, which is the purpose of the evening."

"I thought it was great that Betty Kornreich was able to make a deal with the weather gods and have the sun actually appear" added Sheryl White. "Nice Job!  And I LOVED Obba!  That man can dance and sing his way into anyone’s heart!  The Patrons of the Prado do an amazing job supporting all of the organizations in the Park...Thank you ladies!!!"

Karen Cohn agreed and added this. "The Patrons event has become so much a part of the beautiful Balboa Park scene and Saturday's Parisian themed event helped earn more funds to keep all the park institutions alive and vital! Many of the men wore their white summer jackets and the ladies wore bright summer gowns that announced the season is here even though the weather is still a little June gloomy. Obba gave us a wonderful cabaret show late into the night. It was a very sophisticated evening that represented the park very well." 

"A Perfect summer's night" said Lynne Wheeler. "It was The best Decor EVER! Double Fabulous decor outside at dinner and over the top decor in the Moulin Rouge (Natural History Museum) after party."

An added note. Lynne did point out that the men's' 'petit coins' or 'little corners' had unique decorations. So very French!


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Matt and Iris Strauss ** Betty Kornreich




Roy and Diane Bell ** Tiffany Mahoney


Scott Johnston in custom 'Rococo' jacket and shirt by Q or Qadir Hamidi, with Lola Green ** Joye Blount greeting Debra Turner

Tiffany and Jim Mahoney ** Art Calvert and Scott Johnston

Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky ** Karen Fox ** Todd Schultz

Scott Johnston aka 'Baron Von Nik Nik' with Peter Caruso ** Robert Modrzejewski, USMC (Ret.) with his Medal of Honor

Scott Johnston with Robert Modrzejewski, USMC (Ret.) with his Medal of Honor ** Kima 'La Chien Chien' with new friends

David and Dottie Stanley ** Tiffany and Jim Mahoney

Walter Green with Tiffany and Jim Mahoney ** Joni and Elliott Alpert

Sheila and Jeffrey Lipinsky ** Barbara Brown

Matt Strauss ** Iris Strauss

Arlene Esgate ** Karen Fox




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Karen Fox with Iris Strauss ** Gayle Knox with Karen Fox

Matt and Iris Strauss

Sandy Redman and Jeff Mueller ** Matt Strauss

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Jim and Tiffany Mahoney


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For a look back to Past Prado Events

Prado Gala 2009

Prado Gala 2008

Prado Gala 2007

Prado Gala 2006

Prado VIP Party 2006



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Yes that was two rather plush yachts hanging out in La Jolla Cover over the weekend. One belongs to John Barbey, he's the dashing 90-ish year old who favors shorts, argyle knee high socks and blazers. The other yacht is a mega yacht that belongs to Texan Darwin Deason. Deason's 205 foot number has staterooms named after Greek Islands. Darwin's gorgeous wife Katerina Panos is of Greek heritage.


Other News, the opening of Viva La Revolucion: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape at MCASD's downtown museum was a smash hit October 17th. Over 2,000 members came. A record! The exhibition is touted as "A multifaceted exhibition that explores the dialogue between artists and the urban landscape."

There are 20 artists from 10 countries. They are:

"Akay (Sweden), Banksy (U.K.), Blu (Italy), Mark Bradford (U.S.), William Cordova (U.S.), Date Farmers (U.S.), Stephan Doitschinoff [CALMA] (Brazil), Dr. Lakra (Mexico), Dzine (Puerto Rico), David Ellis (U.S.), FAILE (Canada), Shepard Fairey (U.S.), Invader (France), JR (France), Barry McGee (U.S.), Ryan McGinness (U.S.), Moris (Mexico), Os Gemeos (Brazil), Swoon (U.S.), and Vhils (Portugal)."

Bottom line....this is an incredible ground breaking exhibition.
The exhibit is curated by Guest Curator Pedro Alonzo and MCASD's Associate Curator Lucía Sanromán.

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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 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 of The Social Diary.

Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston of The Social Diary are pleased to announce partnerships with the Arthritis Foundation of San Diego County, Country Friends, the San Diego American Heart Association, and the San Diego Humane Society.

Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston are both members of the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club (Margo Schwab since 1974) and both are new members of the University Club.



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