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Wednesday, October 26, 2005 | On a recent Friday evening, Kathliene (divine in a Norma Kamali cutout one-piece) and Jon Sundt welcomed supporters to their annual foundation fund-raiser. This year it was held at the Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institution. The Sundt Family Foundation was started in 1994 by Jon in memory of his two brothers, Eric and Steven. They passed on due to the effects of drugs. The Sundt Family Foundation’s mission is to change “the hearts and minds of today’s youth.” Via inspiring educational DVDs, with sports and celebrity sound bites, the message is clear. Make the right choice and live a drug free, healthy life. The DVDs are titled “Natural High” and “Natural High II – Riding the Drug-Free Wave.” The DVDs are distributed nationwide to schools. Fund-raising efforts like this one help to get the message out.

For this fund-raising evening, guests were encouraged to wear Island-chic, sip Tahitian fruit drinks, taste Polynesian-inspired cuisine by Culinary Concepts’ Chef Manfred Gersabek, enjoy Polynesian live music and dancing, and bid on auction items. All of this took place during a picture perfect sunset at the Birch Aquarium, with the Scripps Pier and beautiful coastline as backdrop.

Guests there enjoying the fun and supporting the cause included Francois Ferre, Debbie Beacham of Beacham Construction and Debbie’s brother-in-law Frank Beacham, Betsy and Greg Mitchell – they are the proud parents of two opera-trained singers in their family, Rory Rupert, Leticia Ramirez, Kathy and Dr. Joe Andrews and Doctor John Andrews. Yes, these two doctors are not only brothers but twins! Also there were Ed Spizel, the Bruce Steels, and Clint Preisendorfer. Clint was a top 2005 draft pick for the New York Yankees.

One long devotee of the event had pressing matters to attend to, and so missed this year’s event. David Kay of WordSmart was getting married, very happily in fact to concert pianist Kyungshil Ji. The newlyweds will be at this event next year though.

As guests ate incredible edibles including coconut-fried shrimp, the live auction fired up and the wallets opened up big … $75,000 plus big! Auctioneer Robert Glee enticed the bidding skyward!

Drs. Marjorie and Morton Shaevitz bought not one, but two travel/auction items. They will be enjoying a trip to Napa Valley, an exclusive PlumpJack Estates tour, a signed PlumpJack Reserve bottle and more. They also will be going to Utah. Dr. Stephen Lawrence won a week at the Kauai Coast Resort, a Rainbow Kayak tour and more. (Suntan included.) A Tony Hawk signed skateboard went to Kelly Lake. A very cool 6-foot Rusty Surfboard went to Sheldon Englehorn. A private gourmet dinner will be prepared for Katie Murphy and nine of her lucky invitees by renowned Chef Fabrice Poigin. No driving involved; this will be at Katie’s home.

And something close to a surfer’s heart was the “Home on the Ranch” getaway. Holister Ranch that is, in Santa Barbara. Dream waves, and very private. Not only is the prize a weekend at Kathliene and Jon Sundt’s ranch at Holister, not only is the transportation on a private chartered jet … but Jon Sundt himself will be the attentive staff and chef (he used to work at Chart House during his formative days). Lucky winning bidders Lauren and Bob Hasson might also get some savvy money investing advice … Jon’s other day jobs are as head of Sundt Development in real estate, as head of Altegris Investments, a $1.3 billion managed futures and hedge fund company, and, he is Founder and President of International Traders Research Inc. ITR provides performance information on alternative investment programs worldwide. ITR is regularly quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune and other notable publications.

Worldwide, too, in importance is the message the Sundt Family Foundation sends … The best wave to ride is drug-free!

For more information, please visit the www.sundtmemorial.org.

Margo Schwab, an alumna of the University of San Diego’s graduate business school, reports on social/charity events, celebrities, restaurants and from time to time breaking scoops.

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