Photo Flash: 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel

The Old Globe hosted its annual Gala on Saturday, July 30 honoring San Diego philanthropist Audrey Geisel and her significant contributions to the Globe. Darlene Shiley and Sheryl White served as 2011 Gala Co-Chairs.

The black-tie event began with a reception and silent auction in Balboa Park's Alcazar Garden at 6:00 p.m. followed by a special performance of Hershey Felder's newest signaure play, Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein, on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.

Guests walked out of the theatre to a plaza decorated in a sea of blues, with sparkling chandeliers, a spotlight on the majestic California Tower and beautiful silver and white centerpieces, designed by Keith Dupell, surrounded by jewels and votive candles on each table. Props and costumes from past Globe productions lined the plaza and added to the theatrical charm of the event. The guests enjoyed a meal catered by Chef Steve Black and the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Attendees dined on a ripe heirloom tomato and burrata salad, boneless veal osso buco (vegetarian option was spinach lasagna), and a dessert of oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip cookie ice cream sundae.

The music of Impulse filled the night as guests ate, laughed and danced. "You'd Be So NIce To Come Home To," Gala Honoree Audrey Geisel's favorite song, was played immediately following dinner, and Mrs. Seuss took the dance floor. The band played well into the night, and many guests stayed and danced up until the final song at 12:30am.

Photo Credit: Carol Sonstein

Photo Flash: 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel

Photo Flash: 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel
(from left) Co-Chairs Darlene Shiley and Sheryl White, honoree Audrey Geisel and Executive Producer Lou Spisto at the 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel, July 30, 2011. Photo by Carol Sonstein.

Photo Flash: 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel
The post-performance party at 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel, July 30, 2011. Photo by Carol Sonstein.

Photo Flash: 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel
(from left) Ben Diskant, Sheryl White, Shirine Babb and Harvey White at the 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel, July 30, 2011. Photo by Carol Sonstein.

Photo Flash: 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel
The Viterbi family at the 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel, July 30, 2011. Photo by Carol Sonstein.

Photo Flash: 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel
(from left) Justin, Mark, Hanna and Jeff Gleiberman at the 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel, July 30, 2011. Photo by Carol Sonstein.

Photo Flash: 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel
Pam and Jerry Cesak at the 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel, July 30, 2011. Photo by Carol Sonstein.

Photo Flash: 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel
Mary Beth Adderley and Richard Wright at the 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel, July 30, 2011. Photo by Carol Sonstein.

Photo Flash: 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel
Elaine and Dave Darwin at the 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel, July 30, 2011. Photo by Carol Sonstein.

Photo Flash: 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel
Jo Ann Kilty and Chuck Freebern at the 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel, July 30, 2011. Photo by Carol Sonstein.

Photo Flash: 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel
Colette Royston, Iris Strauss and Karen Cohn at the 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel, July 30, 2011. Photo by Carol Sonstein.

Photo Flash: 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel
Debbie Turner and Conrad Prebys at the 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel, July 30, 2011. Photo by Carol Sonstein.

Photo Flash: 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel
Irwin and Joan Jacobs at the 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel, July 30, 2011. Photo by Carol Sonstein.

Photo Flash: 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel
Valerie and Harry Cooper at the 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel, July 30, 2011. Photo by Carol Sonstein.

Photo Flash: 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel
Karen and Don Cohn at the 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel, July 30, 2011. Photo by Carol Sonstein.

Photo Flash: 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel
Pam Fuson and Old Globe Board Chair Hal Fuson at the 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel, July 30, 2011. Photo by Carol Sonstein.

Photo Flash: 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel
Honoree Audrey Geisel and Alex Butterfield at the 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel, July 30, 2011. Photo by Carol Sonstein.

Photo Flash: 2011 Globe Gala Honoring Audrey Geisel


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