Whispers October 12th, 2005
By Margo Schwab
Mermaids, and Muffy, Mingle "Under the
Sea" at The Burnham Institute
"The Burnham Institute has a single mission
- to perform outstanding basic discovery research
in the life-sciences area." That's the
message from The Burnham Institute's John
C. Reed, President, CEO, a science leader
with a PH.D. and MD., and the husband of pretty
Muffy Walker, this year's Gala's Chairperson.
But we will get back to the last part.
Institute has more than 550 brilliant scientists
delving into research on cancer, diabetes,
heart disease and neurological conditions.
This year's gala fundraiser event's recipient
categories are The Burnham Institute's arthritis
programs in conjunction with the Center for
Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases.
It's a team
effort at The Burnham Institute to solve life-science
issues and it was a team effort to formulate
this year's black tie fundraiser. John Reed's
wife Muffy didn't "go to town" organizing
the gala, but rather to the ocean. The theme
for this event last Saturday was "Under
the Sea" and Muffy went all out. Guests,
at the transformed Burnham Institute, were
greeted by mermaids in plastic air bubbles
and human's costumed as jellyfish. Muffy was
exemplar of an undersea princess in a flowing,
shimmering, light turquoise gown. Spectacular.
The event was too!
Lots of Burnhams
were there, including Malin and Roberta, Esther,
Cathe, Marybeth and John with Laurie Vanden
Berg. Malin Burnham has been a formidable
and generous funding member of The Burnham
Institute since 1996.
enjoying the aquatic fun were beautiful Sheri
and Dr. Stuart Jamieson (the genius UCSD cardio
surgeon behind heart and lung transplants),
Lina and David Hale, Nancy and Matt Brower,
Ken Woolcott, Diane and Robert Winokur of
San Francisco, Karen and Stuart Tanz, Bobbi
and Bill Warren, Armi and Albert Williams,
Sheila and Jeff Lipinski and Lisa and Dr.
Stuart Lipton. Dr. Lipton is working on ground
breaking aging research at Burnham….
Nobel Prize consideration research is the
tuxedos and gowns were Nancy and Ray Funderbunk,
Joan and Brent Jacobs, Carla and Fernando
Guiteriez, Lyn and Stephen Krant, Doug Manchester,
Carrie and Sia Pakroo, Diane Triemstra, Carol
and Larry Viet, Linden Blue of General Atomic,
Judy and Jack White and Congresswoman Susan
Davis and Dr. Steve Davis.
Among the Burnham
Institute faculty there in addition to Dr.
Stuart Lipton included Robert Liddington,
the Acting Director of the Infectious and
Inflammatory Disease Center, Tomas Mustelin,
the Professor and Director of the Burnham's
Program on Inflammatory Diseases, Evan Snyder,
the Director of the Stem Cells and Regeneration
Program, and Professor Jeffrey Smith. All
brilliant like a phosphorous red tide in the
Among those enjoying Pamplemousse perfection
canapés by Jeffrey Strauss were Caroline
and Nico Nirenberg (he's Chairman of the Board
for The Burnham Institute), Gina Dronet, Karin
and Gary Eastham, Lynn Gorguze and Scott Peters,
Joan and Brent Jacobs, Sophia and Leon Kassel,
and Reinette and Marvin Levine. Also there
were Greg Lucier, he's the Chairman and CEO
of Invitrogen, the event's title sponsor,
Marilena Lucier, Denyse and Tim Browne who
flew in from San Francisco, Toby and Howard
Cohen, Drs. Jeannie and Gregg Fontana of Bel
Air and Marleigh and Alan Gleicher.
"under the sea" themed with aquarium
accents, fish wine goblets and crab croissants
before a superlative dinner by Pamplemousse's
Jeffrey Strauss. The live auction alone raised
in excess of $600,000 with temptations of
private chefs and private jets.
full throttle to the group Left4Dead. Some
of the many very alive crew dancing were Roberta
and Malin Burnham. They were on the dance
floor all night and so were many others, all
doing double helix, atomic groove maneuvers!
Only positive ions and duos here.
Ferguson of McGraw Baldwin Architects (part
of the firm that designed a recent addition
to the Burnham buildings) was there with his
girlfriend Linda. James had told Linda to
dress fancy for her birthday surprise that
evening and be ready to dance. And dance they
did, one of their favorites things to do.
It was quite a birthday for Linda, and quite
a festive celebration for a very important
nearly 30 million Americans currently at a
health care cost of approximately 50 billion
per year …. Or one Bill Gates net worth!
rheumatoid arthritis alone affects over 2.5
million Americans. Rheumatoid arthritis, is
an autoimmune disease, where the immune system
attacks one's own body. Other autoimmune diseases
are juvenile diabetes, Chrohn's disease, muscular
sclerosis and lupus.
that, ironically, attacks everyone who is
fortunate enough to live for a long time,
is osteoarthritis, or disease of the aging.
This occurs when cartilage-producing cells
in our bodies fade and die, leaving bones
to grind on bones in our bodies….. this
will one day change with the goals that The
Burnham Institute has set.
As John C.
Reed says, "from our research comes the
power to cure".
To learn more
about The Burnham Institute please visit www.burnham.org
thank you's to
Roppongi's Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Fresh
Restaurant, Sammy's Woodfired Pizza, Nine-Ten
Restaurant, Harry's Coffee Shop, Center for
Community Solutions, George's At The Cove,
Blackhorse Grille, La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery
Centre, artist Colleen Ross, La Jolla SpaMD,
SpaViolet.com, The Marine Room & Chef
Bernard Guillas, Scalini's Restaurant &
Polo Bar, Sbicca's Bistro, Regions Restaurant,
The Genesis Awards 2005, Casa Malibu, The
Beverly Hills Hotel, Symbolic Motor Car Company,
Bowers Jewelers, ChasaRae Custom Designs!