|Little Jim Club Members Plan Escape to Paradise|
|October 21, 2002|
|By: Carla Zuber|
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|Time to order your 2003 calendar as the winter and spring social season starts to shape up. |
The St. Francis Yacht Club was the site of a recent cocktail party for the Little Jim Club where plans were announced for its Mardi Gras 2003. Escape to Paradise will be the theme for the black-tie fete at the Ritz Carlton on March 15, according to Mardi Gras chairs Mary Kate Winters and Kristi Hermanson. Five candidates will run for the coveted title of Mardi Gras Queen which were introduced by candidate chairs Mary Karen Fippinger and Andrea Schnitzer Peinado: Janet Howard, Maria Quiros, Gwyneth Borden, Dr. Lisa Dana and Maria Hermanson
The evening was also highlighted by a check presentation to Dr. Suzanne Giraudo, director of the Child Development Center at the California Pacific Medical Center who gladly accepted the $161,000 check from money raised at the 2002 Mardi Gras. In fact, the Queen from last year's Ball, Kimberly Guilfoyle Newsom, rushed in at the last moment to say a few words -- and to blame her tardiness on her husband Gavin's new stop signs along Marina Boulevard. In other Little Jim Club news, Carol Engelbrecht and Elizabeth Merrill hosted a luncheon at Metropolitan Club to honor 50-year member Betty Mohr.
Zoo II held a fall membership party at Ralph Lauren co-chaired by Susan Solinsky Duryea and Shannon Wallis – and it was a roaring success. Zoo II president Nina Parker and board members Matt Paige and Barry Shotts were enjoying the chic surroundings along with Renee Singh, Bob Perun and Sarah Lewis.
Tickets are on sale for this year's "Blind" wine tasting and auction to benefit the Foundation Fighting Blindness which will be held on Sunday, November 3 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Clos Pegase Winery in Calistoga. Spencer Christian, ABC-7 TV weather forecaster and a widely recognized authority on wine, will be on hand to emcee the event which features fine wine and outstanding cuisine with a bit of jazz thrown in too. Tickets are $100 per person, or $50 per person for individuals under 30 and groups of 10 or more. For more information and to register online go to: blindness.org/norcal