March 19, 2022

Event Begins at 5:30 pm
Location: 2910 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA
Dress: Creative Cocktail

Questions: (858) 228-3081


Debby Jacobs & Kay Gurtin, Gala Co-Chairs

(L-R) Kay Gurtin and Debby Jacobs; photo by Christy Seaver

Honoring the Philanthropic Contributions of Sheri L. Jamieson
and Artistic Excellence of Charlayne Woodard

Tickets and packages available now!

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Underwriting Opportunities

Idina Menzel; photo by Robin Wong
Join at the Underwriter’s Level and receive an invitation to an exclusive private event with stage and screen star, Idina Menzel!

Gala spotlight performances by Broadway and La Jolla Playhouse artists:

Tony Award and Drama Desk winning performer James Monroe Igelhart (Broadway's Aladdin, Hamilton and Memphis)
Tony Award and Drama Desk winning performer James Monroe Iglehart (Broadway’s Aladdin, Hamilton and Memphis)
Tony Award nominated artist Daphne Rubin-Vega (Broadway's Rent, HBO Max's In The Heights, the Playhouse's Miss You Like Hell)
Tony Award nominated artist Daphne Rubin-Vega (Broadway’s Rent, HBO Max’s In The Heights, the Playhouse’s Miss You Like Hell)

La Jolla Playhouse - Gala 2019

The Playhouse’s ultimate VIP experience is back! Reserve your spot now in our elegant supper club setting, featuring exquisite cuisine by Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse Grille, spectacular live performances and the best afterparty in San Diego.

Proceeds support innovation of learning and engagement programs and
the development of new artistic initiatives at La Jolla Playhouse.

Held at La Jolla Playhouse, in the Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre * Hosted Valet Parking * Creative Cocktail Attire
The Playhouse will share applicable COVID-19 safety protocols in advance of the events.

Evening Highlights

La Jolla Playhouse - Gala 2019

5:30 pm Cocktail Reception featuring craft beverages from Snake Oil Cocktail Co.

7:00 pm Gourmet Dinner crafted by Executive Chef Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse Grille & Live Entertainment

8:00 pm Gala Program including Spotlight Performances by James Monroe Iglehart and Daphne Rubin-Vega

9:30 pm San Diego’s best afterparty with music & performances by DJ and musician Alex Seaver, professionally known as Mako. Cocktails, late night bites & desserts

La Jolla Playhouse - Gala 2019

Underwriters' Party


Idina Menzel

The Gala Underwriters’ Party is a unique event with top-notch hospitality and entertainment. This year’s celebration will feature an intimate performance with one of the most iconic artists of stage and screen, Tony and Obie Award winner Idina Menzel (Wicked and Rent on Broadway, Frozen: film). To attend this remarkable event you must be a Gala 2022 Underwriter or Corporate Sponsor and make a qualifying gift. Space is very limited for this intimate event so be sure to confirm your participation as early as possible! Contact Julia Foster for additional details at [email protected] or (858) 228-3080.

Underwriting Opportunities

Corporate Sponsors

Presented by

UC San Diego

Platinum Sponsors

Bank of America Private Bank    Qualcomm     Show Imaging     Van Cleef & Arpels

Gold Sponsor

DLA Piper

Silver Sponsors

Merrill A Bank of America Company     Pathfinder Partners     PNC Bank     Sempra     Wells Fargo logo      Wilson Sonsini Foundation

Additional Corporate Support

Bench International     Dowling & Yahnke     KPBS      UC San Diego Health

*Confirmed as of February 25, 2022

Sponsorship Opportunities

In-Kind Support

Event & Show Production

Show Imaging     Structure Event Design

Event Décor & Rentals

Bright Event Rentals     Floral FX     Hire Elegance


Pamplemousse Grille     Snake Oil Cocktail Co.


The Lodge at Torrey Pines


Bauman Photographers/Clove & Kin

*Confirmed as of February 25, 2022

The Wine Experience

For some, wine is more than a beverage – it’s a lifestyle. These passionate individuals travel the world assembling the rarest, most unique, most prized bottles for their private collections. At La Jolla Playhouse, we are lucky to know a few of these generous collectors and to have enlisted them as our 2022 Wine Hosts, sharing their knowledge and extensive cellars with guests at the Commanderie and Sommelier ticket levels.

La Jolla Playhouse - Gala 2019

Tickets & Seating

Specially designed multi-level seating areas create a unique experience for attendees inside the Potiker Theatre. Center Booth seating is specifically reserved for Commanderie and Sommelier Level ticket buyers, while our traditional rounds offer excellent views and comfortable seating for our Aficionado level guests. Tables and Booths accommodate up to 10 guests.

Gala 2022 - Seating Chart

*Seating locations depicted are approximate



$5,000 Commanderie Single Ticket $50,000 Commanderie Table

$2,500 Sommelier Single Ticket $25,000 Sommelier Table


$1,000 Collector Single Ticket $10,000 Collector Table

INCLUDES HOUSE WINES Reserve Early – Limited Number of Tickets Available

$750 Aficionado Single Ticket $6,000 Aficionado Table

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2022 Gala Committee

Gala Co-Chairs Debby Jacobs & Kay Gurtin

(L-R) Kay Gurtin and Debby Jacobs; photo by Christy Seaver

Committee Members:
Denise Bevers
David Bialis
Hope Carlson
Lisa Casey
Michelle Chereque
Annie Ellis
Luke Gulley
Laura Spielman
Susan Tousi
Katie Wynn

2022 Board of Trustees

Randall L. Clark

Sheri L. Jamieson
First Vice-Chair

Michael Flaster
Second Vice-Chair

Edward A. Dennis, Ph.D.

Scott M. Stanton

Christopher Ashley
Michael Bartell
Denise Bevers
David Bialis
Andrew Boyd
Ralph Bryan*
Debby Buchholz
Robert Caplan
Hope Carlson
Doug Dawson
Brian Dovey
Susan Dubé
Hal Dunning
Emily Einhorn
Annie Ellis
Teri Evons
Judy Garrett
Hanna Gleiberman
Lynn E. Gorguze
Luke Gulley
Kay Gurtin
Clark Guy
Dwight Hare
Osborn Hurston
Debby Jacobs
Joan Jacobs
Cynthia James-Price
Jeanne Jones
Pradeep K. Khosla, Ph.D.
Lynelle Lynch*
Margret McBride*
Lorne Polger
Karen A. Quiñones
Jeffrey Ressler*
David I. Reynoso
Becky Robbins
Don Rosenberg
Tim Scott
Shane Shelley
Karen Silberman
Delicia Turner Sonnenberg
Suzi Sterner
Steven M. Strauss*
Susan Tousi
Andy Thomas
Mary Walshok, Ph.D.

*Past Chair of the Board

Christopher Ashley
The Rich Family Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse

Debby Buchholz
Managing Director of La Jolla Playhouse

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