Bernadette Peters & the San Diego Symphony hit all the right notes for Salk


It was a synergy of arts and science August 22nd, 2009 as guests gathered at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla. No petri dishes for this evening though. The festivities instead included big star quality with actress and singer Bernadette Peters as the Guest Performer, along with Guest Conductor Thomas Wilkins leading the San Diego Symphony. It was after all, the annual Symphony at Salk fundraiser.

And the night hit all the right notes with guests from start to finish.

Andrew Shelton with Robin Parsky, David C. Copley, and Judith Harris and Dr. Robert Singer

Mouthwatering canapés were served by Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse Grille’s team. Popular items included mini tacos with shredded duck and mini Kobe beef burgers. Jeffrey provided the dinner too.

Among those purusing among shopping silent auction items and cocktail conversation was Audrey Geisel, she’s a big sponsor of this event. So too are Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Jean Hahn Hardy and John I. Hardy, Mary Jane and Robert Engman, Arthur Brody and Phyliss Cohn, Linda Chester and Kenneth Rind, Maureen and Renato Dulbecco, Jean and Steven Hammerslag, Rebecca Moores, Darlene and Donald Shiley, David C. Copley, and Robin and Gerald Parsky.

Robin Parsky dressed in all white. She joking said it was her last chance before the summer white curfew of September 1.

More generous guests there included Sheryl and Harvey White, Judith Harris and Dr. Robert Singer, Tricia and Bill Kellogg of the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, and Valerie Cooper in a slim Gauthier dress with husband Harry Cooper.

Valerie brought a chocolate birthday cake for their table guests. It was after all a great opportunity to continue husband Harry’s birthday celebration.

Also there were Sheri and Dr. Stuart Jamieson. Stuart was looking forward to this evening for many reasons. One of the many was to catch up with a colleague from years back. The friend is William Brody who just happens to be the President of the Salk Institute.

More there included Colette and Ivor Royston. Colette was wowed by Bernadette Peters’ tremendous performance. A dynamo of talent she reflected!

Speaking of talented, among the many brilliant Salk minds hard at work for health discoveries are 2002 Nobel Prize winner Sydney Brenner, Fred H. Gage, Joseph R. Ecker, Wyle Vale and Inder M. Verma.

A few auction items included lunch and lab tours with Professor Ron Evans and Professor Vicki Lundblad. Those went for big bucks.

For a great cause too as noted by Chair, Board of Trustees Irwin Jacobs and Salk President William Brody. “Proceeds from “Symphony at Salk directly benefit our research efforts, providing our scientists with the operating flexibility to boldly explore some of their most creative ideas in the lab. It is this scientific freedom that consistently keeps the Institute ranked among the top biomedical research institutions in the world.”

As the institution’s namesake Jonas Salk once said, “hope lies in dreams, in imagination and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.”

And the reality is the Salk Institute generates a symphony of important discoveries.


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KPBS friends Tom and Julie Karlo, Stephanie Bergsma, Dwight Hare, Trina Hester and Ron Mules

Stephanie Bergsma, Dwight Hare, Trina Hester and Ron Mules sharing a laugh!

Diane and Karen Douthitt ** Valerie Cooper

Ned and Kathleen Buoymaster ** Valerie Cooper with Natasha Reiss

Valerie Cooper with Natasha Reiss ** Sheryl White with Audrey Geisel

Karen Cohn with Harvey and Sheryl White

Karen Cohn with Valerie Cooper ** Guest with Dr. Stuart Jamieson

Karen Cohn ** Karen Douthitt and Danny Andrade

Harry and Valerie Cooper

Natasha Reiss in her Marni Stilettos!


Enrique and Vivana Lombrozo with Christine Forrester, and Nick and Lucille Arthur

Nina Doede, guest, Bob Doede, and Noni Senyei

David Copley with Audrey Geisel, Sheri Jamieson, and Andrew Shelton

Dr. Robert Singer

Colette Carson Royston enjoying a laugh!

Colette and Ivor Royston

Karen Cohn and Sheryl White

UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox with Audrey Geisel

Dr. Stuart Jamieson with Valerie Cooper and David Copley

Dr. Robert Singer and Judith Harris

Sheri Jamieson with Robin Parsky

Stuart and Sheri Jamieson


reported by Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston


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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 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.

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