Las Patronas’ Jewel Ball 20/20 Spectacular set for Aug. 8
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Shay Stephens, chair, Jewel Ball 2020, with co-chairs Lin Foletta and Michelle Parker.
Shay Stephens, chair, Jewel Ball 2020, with co-chairs Lin Foletta and Michelle Parker.

La Jolla-based philanthropy group Las Patronas will host its 74th Jewel Ball 20/20 Spectacular as a virtual event on Saturday, Aug. 8.

The 50-plus, all-women group will continue its dedication to raising funds for multiple well-deserving non-profits throughout San Diego County by hosting the annual Jewel Ball through an online platform with a presenter, messages from its beneficiaries, a live auction and fun entertainment.

“Since 1947, Las Patronas has hosted an elegant Jewel Ball each year with its own unique theme that raises funds for our beneficiaries,” said Kelly Kjos, Las Patronas president. “During this time of uncertainty, the health and safety of our guests and our members are extremely important. This year, we moved forward very cautiously with our plans for the annual Jewel Ball. We are continuing our long-standing tradition in a virtual format that will allow us to continue helping our many beneficiaries and also keeping our guests safe.”

Las Patronas has a long history of giving. The organization has donated more than $23 million to more than a thousand charitable institutions in San Diego. All funds raised stay in San Diego County, and are distributed to many deserving small and large non-profits.

Jewel Ball 20/20 Spectacular underwriters and paid ticket holders will be delivered an elegant gourmet dinner with fine wine, champagne, and table décor, should they choose. While the event will not take place at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Las Patronas encourages supporters to enjoy the evening in the safety of their homes and toast Las Patronas as they enjoy the event on their device or Smart TV. 

There is no cost to join the virtual event and it is open to viewers worldwide. The live auction will feature an array of spectacular items that viewers can bid on from the comfort and safety of their own homes. Outstanding auction items include Hawaii, Lake Tahoe, and even local vacations, a sailing adventure, and even a chef in-home cooking night.

“We are very excited to bring you our virtual Jewel Ball,” said Shay Stephens, 2020 Jewel Ball chair. “Enjoy the fun entertainment, bid on our live and silent auctions, hear from our beneficiaries, and gain a sneak peek behind the scenes of Las Patronas. Las Patronas helps change the lives of so many San Diegans each year with the Jewel Ball. Plus, this virtual format will help bring the message of Las Patronas to a new group of supporters, family, and friends far and wide.”

 The proceeds from Jewel Ball 20/20 Spectacular will fund critically needed capital items for nine non-profit major beneficiaries, each receiving between $26,000 and $59,000. as well as an estimated 35-45 additional minor beneficiaries, each receiving $20,000 or less in the upcoming fall 2020 and spring 2021 grant cycles. 

Jewel Ball recipients this year include:


  1. Interfaith Community Services: 12-passenger van to transport clients to critical appointments, meetings, and programs.

  2. La Jolla Community Center: A new roof for their facility that hosts programs for seniors.

  3. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: Commercial cargo van to safely transport valuable artwork.

  4. The Salvation Army – El Cajon Corps: Box truck to expand its food assistance program for struggling families and individuals.

  5. Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center: 3D Tomosynthesis Mammogram System to improve screening accuracy and provide early diagnosis.

  6. Serving Seniors: Temperature-controlled truck to deliver nutritious meals to homebound seniors.

  7. UC Veterinary Medical Center, San Diego: Cardiograph machines to expand medical services for animals throughout San Diego.

  8. Urban Corps Of San Diego County: Pickup truck to support conservation projects and education for at-risk youth.

  9. Zoological Society Of San Diego: Video monitoring system to allow close observation of animals requiring medical attention.

“We are enormously grateful for the continued generosity and support of our underwriters, donors, advertisers, guests, and advisory members, said Stephens. “Our non-profit beneficiaries inspire us and while we won’t be together on this special evening, we will share a togetherness in celebrating them and showing our thanks to our supporters.”

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