Weather cancels Jewel Ball, but can’t dampen crew spirits


Photos/Story by Vincent Andrunas

Although La Patronas had to cancel its 68th annual Jewel Ball, “Moonlit Mambo,” at 5 p.m. Aug. 2 — due to persistent rains that caused danger from wet electrical wiring, slippery floor surfaces, and the threat of lightning — the food was sent back to the Hyatt (frozen), and later distributed to a charity called “So Others May Eat.”

Las Patronas ladies and their husbands (the “Lost Patrons”), who had by then finished about 95 percent of the Cuban-themed ball setup, began to tear it all back down.

Organizers paused for a little reception, 6-8 p.m., at which they were joined by guests who were either unaware of the cancellation, or (in most cases) received the call but wanted to come and see the décor and support those who worked so hard to make the event happen.

The La Jolla beach & Tennis Club (which donates the venue each year) laid out a buffet of shrimp, sushi, fine cheeses and cold cuts, etc., and a bar served wine and cocktails.