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Stellar support for the Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center and La Jolla Playhouse

Story and Photos by Margo Schwab

Elegant black-tie supporters came out 700-plus strong to support and celebrate the opening of UCSD’s Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center, aka the SCVC.
Among the attendees were honorary chairs Zandra Rhodes, founder of the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, and Salah Hassanein, chairman of the Variety Children’s Lifeline. Also there were event chairs Carol and Tom Dillon; dean of the School of Medicine David Brenner; and Sheri Jamieson with her husband, Dr. Stuart Jamison of the SCVC.
Jamieson is a world-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon who is foremost for PTE, short for a very complicated surgery, whose purpose is to remove blood clots from the lung after draining the body of blood, dropping the body temperature to 60 degrees, and stopping the heart every 20 minutes to get to the clot.
Seriously amazing.
“The quality of the event was fittingly matched to the quality of the clinical enterprise it showcased” said Sheri Jamieson.
The SCVC was made possible by more than $30 million in philanthropic funds including a $10 million leadership gift from Gaby and Richard Sulpizio.
To learn more about the SCVC, visit

La Jolla Playhouse
Over 300 gala guests came out to the La Jolla Playhouse to honor past board chairs, artists and the founding department chair.
The big buzz was about the honorees of the evening. Among the list was UCSD’s Arthur Wagner, Ph.D., professor emeritus and founding chair of UCSD’s Department of Theatre & Dance, and the past board chairs of the Playhouse, including Ralph T. Bryan, Ted Cranston, Robert C. Doban, Ewart W. Goodwin Jr., Joel O. Holliday, Charmaine Kaplan, Quinn Martin, Mason Phelps, Geri Ann Warnke, Gary L. Wollberg, Steven M. Strauss and Willard P. VanderLaan, M.D.
Artist honorees this year included “Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright, author of “I Am My Own Wife,” which originated at the Playhouse as the first Page To Stage production; BD Wong, Tony Award-winning actor (“M. Butterfly”) and star of the Playhouse’s acclaimed 2009 production of “Herringbone”; and Robert Brill (“The Wiz”), acclaimed set designer and UCSD M.F.A. graduate.”
Among the guests there to applaud these individuals were Ellen and David Dolgen (he’s the outgoing president of the board), Gala underwriting chairs Lise Wilson and Gail Bryan, and event chair Debby Jacobs.
To learn more about the La Jolla Playhouse, visit

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