Yes, I knew him when. La Jolla-raised rockstar Dane Pieper and his Classless Act bandmates just dropped the song of the season for the young and younger-at-heart crowd. The song is “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” The song is hitting mega-meta status just before their national 2022 stadium tour with Motley Crue, and Def Leppard. And is it just me or does lead singer Derek Day have that Mick Jagger vibe? Let’s hope they do one more San Diego appearance before their big tour!
Speaking of ‘kids’ with a promising future, Promises2Kids held their Changemakers for Children Celebration at The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center. Key to the cause included those photographed and supporters Dowling & Yahnke, SDGE, and The Century Club. Since 1981, P2K has helped more than 200,000 foster youth from abuse or neglect situations, learn lifelong skills.
Meanwhile, across town, a mini-soiree for the New Americans Museum was held at the apropos internationally-focused Mingei Museum. With a mission of “Building Bridges Connecting Communities,” via “inspiring educational and cultural programs,” supporting guests helped raise a quick $50,000 for this goal.
Among the big names there and involved were Aurelia (daughter of artist Francoise Gilot), and Cola Engel, chef Michel Malecot, Robert Caplan, Dr. Mary Walshok, Dame Zandra Rhodes, Sheila Lipinsky, and founder Deborah Szekely. Szekely you might note is also the founder of the Golden Door Spas and is still working away at 99 years young… dang!
And it was a roaring celebration with a “Gatsby” theme at the Alavi home celebrating birthday gals Sandra Alavi and Selma Daniels. Hip flasks, bawdy burlesque entertainment, yummy bites by Giuseppe, and Diplo on the floor dancing. Brilliant theme produced by Luciano and Leida of hisandhersevents.
And to the dogs, we went. It was a veterinary weekend starting with an invite to a private dinner at George’s to meet the new UC Davis Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine Mark Stetter. Small world, he used to work with top SeaWorld vet Lanny Cornell. Next night, really small world. We had an Osteria Romantica dinner with top veterinarians Dr. Stephanie Istvan of Veterinary Specialty Hospital (associate medical director) and her husband Dr. Tim Hodge, cardiologist of UC Davis Veterinary Medical Center in San Diego. They have collectively saved our dogs four times!
Cover photo with the Gatsby Girls… coming up, VIP Space, Teddy Bears Baller, and Secret Santas! ‘Til 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 #WildforVersace with multi-award-winning documentary producer #AntonioContrerasAviance, which will include elements of her passions, animals, and fashion. For event coverage inquiries, Margo can be contacted at [email protected]