July 12, 2019 ‒ Multi-colored balloons reflecting the joy of The Jester’s rainbow greeted arrivals at The Jester Jubilee. A light early evening breeze wafted through the air at the Palos Verdes Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. As guests entered to have their pictures taken against a softly striped pastel organza backdrop, they couldn’t wait to pose playfully with fanciful picture frames.
The vista across the calm Pacific slowly changed to evening as guests watched the sunset from the brightly decorated room and patio. Elegant bromeliad centerpieces donated by Ceejays Place for Flowers beckoned them to colorful tables. All were there to raise funds to give David Saltzman’s The Jester Has Lost His Jingle to lift the spirits of kids with cancer.
Attendees meandered through row after row of tempting silent auction items from such favorite entertainment destinations as The Magic Castle, Disneyland, The Comedy & Magic Club and Catalina Island. They bid on stays at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, The Portofino Hotel & Marina and the Saguaro in Palm Springs.
Friends sipped wine and cocktails as they chatted over tasty appetizers, marking off choices among such favorite restaurants as Chez Melange, MB Post, Fishing With Dynamite, Tin Roof, Arthur J, Gaetano’s, HT Grill, L’Opera Ristorante and Gladstone’s.
Gift baskets called out from the heavily laden tables from Big 5 Sporting Goods, King’s Hawaiian, Bronzed Sugar, the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Joe Oliveri Salon, Petco, Starbucks and STORE. And libations galore ranging from Catalina View and Ojai Vineyard select wines, Tito’s Handmade Vodka to Highland Park Scotch drew bidders. Excitement filled the air as guests sought out raffles for Southwest Airlines tickets, Scratchers and a cooler filled with special wines and spirits.
Kristen got a warm hug from Barbara Saltzman, “The Jester’s Mom,” when she got up to speak. “I’d like you all to meet the mother of a strong 3-year-old who takes The Jester & Pharley Doll with him for all his cancer treatments. So many other moms, like Kristen and me, are there for their children every step of the way as they cope with this lousy disease. It helps a lot when The Jester & Pharley can also be there to provide extra comfort, hope and laughter ‒ and that’s why you’re all here tonight,” Barbara said.
“Another 43 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer today. Every dollar you’ve donated to be here and every penny you spend on the silent auction and raffles will help put Jester books and dolls in the hand of these brave young patients.”
Guests’ generosity resulted in over 750 copies of The Jester Has Lost His Jingle and over 750 Jester & Pharley Dolls headed into the hands of children with cancer.
Great Memories from the 2019 Jester Jubilee
Photos Courtesy of Jonathan Pascual, Isaiah Pascual and Sammy Saltzman
Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors
Providence Little Company of Mary
Adventist Health White Memorial
City of Hope/South Bay
MemorialCare Miller Children’s Hospital
Orthopaedic Institute for Children
Dr. Norman & Robin Panitch
April May Associates
Smart & Final