The Social Diary – 2021 social season roars into full swing at the zoo, and the Alavi’s
by MARGO SCHWAB
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Adam Smith and Mayor Todd Gloria congratulating RITZ co-chairs Kristi Pieper and Michelle Forsythe at the Zoo Gala. ALL PHOTOS BY MARGO SCHWAB
Adam Smith and Mayor Todd Gloria congratulating RITZ co-chairs Kristi Pieper and Michelle Forsythe at the Zoo Gala. ALL PHOTOS BY MARGO SCHWAB
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Jeff Linley, Denny Sanford, and Dorrie Stutz in front of the Sanford Childen’s Zoo.
Jeff Linley, Denny Sanford, and Dorrie Stutz in front of the Sanford Childen’s Zoo.
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Birthday party hosts Dr. Sassan Alavi and his wife Sandra.
Birthday party hosts Dr. Sassan Alavi and his wife Sandra.
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Couture designer and artist Pam Marks with Selma Daniels at the Alavi party.
Couture designer and artist Pam Marks with Selma Daniels at the Alavi party.
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The San Diego Zoo opened the 2021 gala season roaring with its Rendez Vous in the Zoo Gala on June 5.

It was a “purrr-fect” night with just the right amount of sponsoring guests mingling outside among a canopy of the Zoo’s fabulous plants and animals. Among the milieu was a fabulous cheetah on a leash with an informative zoo ambassador. The ambassador explained the cheetah is not only the fastest land animal built for speed, but surprisingly cheetahs do not roar but instead purr.

Among the purr-fectly attired patrons attending were Christy Billings, Clarice and Bill Perkins, Barbara Kjos and John De Puy, Peter Cooper, Cheryl Mitchell, Debbie Turner, and they never miss a RITZ, guests Ingrid Hibben and Victor de la Magna.

After all, it was the party to be at!

As guest Dorrie Stutz explained: “Rendezvous in the Zoo is our favorite event of the year. The highlight of the evening was the sneak peek of the new Sandford Children’s Zoo. Dancing the night away to the music of the Wayne Foster Band. It was an honor to be part of such an amazing event.”

By the way, Dorrie, Jeff Linney, and big zoo patron Denny Sanford had just returned from a superb safari adventure in South Africa two days earlier. Incredibly, no jet lag and ready for fun.

Speaking of fun, the night quickly escalated from lovely appetizers to a sit-down dinner and absolutely non-stop dancing.

All for great causes as big, big monies were raised for the zoo’s goals of conservation and education through this event and the virtual event held online. Winning bidding support came in from many countries. After all, the San Diego Zoo is global!

Don’t forget, the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Safari Park are open and ready to take you around the world on wildlife expeditions from Amazonia to the Australian forests, and so much more conveniently located right here in San Diego.

Meanwhile, the same night across town, a chic party was happening up the hill in La Jolla at the over-the-top home of Sandra and Dr. Sassan Alavi. It was a birthday party for Sassan, and simultaneously, rather a fabulous get-together for many friends after a long pandemic time out.

Among the many, there were Vanessa Wells and husband Jonathan Wells, Rocio and Mike Flynn, Atooza Styc, Dixon RH, Maria Delgado, Tamara and Roger Joseph, MJ Wittman, and Pam and Gregg Mark.

Gregg had those fabulous “shark” Louboutin’s on. Always a man of fashion as the former CEO of the Kasper Group, he is now on to new ventures, stay tuned.

More there included Selma and Patrick Daniels. They are a “Bachelor” TV show love connection that resulted in one very happy marriage and now family. And they are busy.

Patrick, who is an attorney, and his wife Selma, a real estate agent, are the builders of a 34-unit residential project in San Diego, owners of Monello Italian Restaurant in Little Italy, and owners of Sugar & Scribe Bakery in La Jolla. Whew!

Birthday honoree Sassan Alavi, definitely one of San Diego’s top cosmetic surgeons, and his wife Sandra, are owners of a litany of restaurants including El Chingnon, Prohibition Lounge, the very popular music venue Music Box, PURE Salon, and more. Non-stop, they are with adorable twins too!

It was quite the celebration! Miho Catering provided delicious cuisine by the bite, and excellent dance vibes were provided from SPAGS Music.

Till next time!

Margo Schwab is the owner and publisher of The Social Diary. She has produced TV segments, acted, and is currently filming a documentary that will include elements of her passions, animals, and fashion. Contact her at [email protected].

 

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