|WOMEN AND CHILDREN GET LUCKY WITH MED CENTER BENEFIT
By: Jeanne Lawrence
The 3 B’s, Sloan Barnett, Sharmin Bock and Carol Bonnie, co-chaired the California Pacific Medical Center Foundation’s 2007 “Wishes for Wellness” luncheon.
Held this year at the Ritz-Carlton, the luncheon honored four outstanding doctors: internist and medical ethicist Dr. William Andereck, pediatricians Dr. Lisa Dana and Dr.Martin Ernster, and obstetrician Dr. Fung Lam.
The event was born when Sharmin and Carol gave birth at California Pacific, piquing their interest in pediatrics and neonatology. CPMC is San Francisco’s hospital of choice for obstetrics, with over 60 % of the city’s babies born there.
Recent New York transplant Sloan Lindemann Barnett agreed. She moved to San Francisco when her husband, Roger Barnett, became CEO of Shaklee Corporation, one of the nations’ biggest vitamin producers.
Sloan commented that one of the first tasks for a newbie in town is to find some good doctors. So she also ended up at CPMC, where she gave birth to the couple’s third child.
The luncheon attracted many of the younger set - lots of pregnant ladies, too. They have personal experience with CPMC’s first-rate care and naturally want to lend their support.
|There seems to be a trend toward couples having three and even four children again. One gal joked that it’s a status symbol to show you can afford a big family. I think the trend is a return to the feeling that family is important.
Board Chair Gail Glasser announced the results. “In 90 minutes,” she said, “we raised $645,000…so next year the luncheon will be 2 hours.” Just think how much more that will be!
Gail, by the way, used to spend a lot of time in Manhattan with her stepdaughter, the late Nan Schlesinger Kempner. Now married to Dr.Harvey Glasser, Gail promotes their shared interest in the medical arts.
Graciously representing the younger set were: Vanessa Getty, Victoire Brown, Leslie Thieriot, Kathryn Lasater, Susan Dunlevy, Lori Puccinelli Stern and Peter Stern, Isabelle and Serena Fritz-Cope, Lisa and Chris Lenzo, and Adrianna Pope Sullivan.
Hospital bigwigs included: Rosemary Klebahn, past CPMCF Board Chair and current Board member, with supportive hubby, Hugh Klebahn; Dr. Harvey Glasser; Shelby Bonnie;and the honorees’ families: Lun, Pamela, Richard, and Shui-Ying Lam; Carter and Helga Andereck; Catherine, Francesca and Bill Dana; and Mark and Virginia Ernster.
Among the charitable were: Carla Emil, Elisa Stephens; Theo Schwabacher; Linda Cannon; Carole Robinson; Pamela Deikel; Juliet de Baubigny; Nicola Miner; Hilary Newsom Callan; Summer Tompkins Walker with her mother, Susie Tompkins Buell; Dr.Martin Brotman; Laura Pfaff; and philanthropist Maurice Kanbar.
Along with equally generous: Bryan Hemming; Pamela Baer; Leigh Matthes; Stephene McKeen; Brenda Jewett; Lucy Buchanan; Melanda Moore Reynaud with her children, Malcolm and Morgan and mother, Gertrude Moore;artist Ira Yeager; and Ted and Wendy Hoffman.
Big-hearted Boucheron contributed elegant and fragrant “thank you” candles to take home, the perfect commemoration of an illuminating event.
|GIRLS AND BOYS WHO LIKE BOOKS
By: Jeanne Lawrence
Another Book Party for a San Franciscan-turned-New Yorker. Novelist Tom Dolby was back in his home town for a fete thrown by his parents, Dagmar and Ray Dolby (of surround sound fame) at their house in Presidio Heights. It was to celebrate Tom’s new book: a collection of essays co-edited with writer Melissa de la Cruz, entitled, Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys: True Tales of Love, Lust, and Friendship Between Straight Women and Gay Men.
Tom’s other books include The Trouble Boy and the upcoming The Sixth Form, and de la Cruz, who lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter, is known for The Fashionista Files and her young adult series, The Au Pairs.
The anthology came about when Dolby and de la Cruz wanted to compile a collection of stories that would honor the friendship they have. “We knew there were other people out there with stories like ours,” says Dolby, “that of a gay guy and a straight girl who loved to hang out. The two of us bonded because we were both writers, but we knew the connection was universal.”
Special guests at the celebration were contributors Armistead Maupin (Tales of the City); Ayelet Waldman (Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, and wife of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, Michael Chabon); and K.M. Soehnlein (The World of Normal Boys).
Others mixing and mingling at the party included gay men, their favorite gals, and admirers of both, such as Maupin's husband, Christopher Turner (the two were recently married in Vancouver); Toms’ brother, David Dolby; Gretchen de Baubigny and her daughter Helene with her husband John Golob; Michael Cohen; Alex Chase; Craig Pard; Nonie Greene; and Todd Werby.
More revelers: Ellen and Walter Newman; Jerry Rosenstein; JaMel Perkins; Lynne Newhouse Segal; Jim Willenborg; Tom Kelley; Liam Mayclem; Samantha Weaver; and psychologist and bestselling author, Madeline Levine, who pronounced the book “an important work of sociology, in addition to being fun!”
Dolby and de la Cruz have been promoting the book all summer, with stops in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and East Hampton. We caught up with them at a reading at Books, Inc. in San Francisco, where the gang signed more books for their adoring public.
For more information (and fun photos from their book tour), go to www.girlswholikeboys.com.
|Photographs by Thomas John Gibbons & Drew Altizer|