Past Patron Galas


2019 Patron Gala:

Rick's Café Américain

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Virginia Robinson Gardens Annual Patron Gala Delights the Senses

Virginia Robinson Gardens reinvented itself once again at this year’s Patron’s Gala, which honored longtime Friends member and past president Julia Klein and her husband, Dr. Andrew Klein, with the Spirit of Beverly Hills Award. “The fact that I can be a part of this incredible organization and part of this incredible group of women, I’m so honored and it inspires me,” Julia said when accepting the award. “We have made so much of an impact on so many people, especially the children. When you become a part of this organization, what you get is so incredibly special.” Held on the warm Saturday evening of September 14, 2019, this perfect summer soiree began with a fabulous cocktail hour, the magical rays of the setting sun adding a golden hue to the glorious gardens. Beautifully attired attendees, who seemed straight out of Hollywood’s Golden Age, looked extra dazzling during the magic…

Julia Klein and Dr. Andrew Klein to Be Honored at This Year’s 2019 Patron Gala

The Friends of Robinson Gardens is very proud to be honoring Julia Klein and Dr. Andrew Klein with the Spirit of Beverly Hills Award at this year’s Casablanca-themed Rick’s Café Américain Patron Gala on September 14, 2019. Julia is a past Vice President and President of the Friends of Robinson Gardens. Dr. Klein is the Director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Together they are a dynamic, dedicated, and exceptional team who has given much time and generous support not only to the Friends, but also to the community. Andrew Klein, M.D., M.B.A. F.A.C.S Dr. Andrew Klein is the Esther and Mark Schulman Chair in Surgery and Transplant Medicine, Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Director of Comprehensive Transplant Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.  In this capacity, he provides oversight and programmatic direction for the institution’s liver, kidney, pancreas, heart, and lung transplant programs….

2018 Patron Gala:

Mrs. Robinson's Supper Club

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“Mrs. Robinson’s Supper Club” 2018 Patron Gala

On September 15, 2018, the Friends of Robinson Gardens celebrated a spectacular evening under the stars. The theme of this year’s Patron Gala was “Mrs. Robinson’s Supper Club.” Virginia Robinson Gardens was transformed into the magical era of the 1930’s and 40’s. The magnificent florals were the creation of Luna Gardens, reminiscent of nights at the Copacabana. Our very own Andrey Yun did two beautiful florals in the Pool Pavilion.  Guests were treated to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres under twinkling lights. The stunning Pool Pavilion metamorphosed into a Ladies and Gents Club for the evening, complete with a green screen for fun and festive photos. President of Friends of Robinson Gardens Patti Reinstein sent out a warm welcome to our guests. Enchanting songs of the past were played by the Dave Damiani and the No Vacancy Band… strains of saxophones and horns filled the air. During the evening, noted singer and lyricist Siedeh Garrett, jazz singer and…

Syd Leibovitch & Leslie Kavanaugh to Be Honored at This Year’s 2018 Patron Gala

The Friends of Robinson Gardens is very proud to be honoring two award recipients at this year’s Mrs. Robinsons Supper ClubPatron Gala being held on September 15, 2018. Syd Leibovitch will receive the Spirit of Beverly Hills Award for his impressive contributions as an exceptional leader in the business community while Leslie Kavanaugh will receive the Camellia Award for her outstanding philanthropic and charitable contributions to the community and her heartfelt devotion to the Virginia Robinson Gardens. Rodeo Realty, Inc was founded in 1986, by real estate powerhouse Syd Leibovitch who envisioned a dynamic boutique brokerage with the area’s finest real estate professionals.  Operated under the direction of Syd Leibovitch, Rodeo Realty stands today as one of the largest independently owned real estate brokerage in the nation, while still maintain the friendly approach of the neighborhood REALTOR. The residential real estate firm has more than 1,200 licensed agents and brokers with 12…

2017 Patron Gala:

The Loveliest Night of the Year

Loveliest Night of the Year 2017 Patron Gala

The night of September 9, 2017 was truly a lovely and elegant affair at the Virginia Robinson Garden Patron Gala. Co-chaired by Marian Power and Christine Centolanza. “The Loveliest Night of the Year” started with a champagne toast in the dining room. The party then moved onto the lawn where guests were able to bid on marvelous items of the Silent Auction. The delicious three-course dinner was catered by The Kitchen for Exploring Foods. Entertainment was provided by the smooth sounds of “Art Deco,” who paid tribute to Mario Lanza with their first song. The Live Auction was a fundraiser for the renovation of Virginia’s card room as well as the irrigation system for Virginia Robinson Gardens’ Australian King Palm Forest—the largest King Palm Forest in the Northern Hemisphere. Maralee Beck presented the Spirit of Beverly Hills Award to Lisa Greer, who is a philanthropist, investor and entrepreneur. Joan Selwyn…

Lisa Greer & Ellisa Bregman to be honored at this year’s 2017 Patron Gala

The Friends of Robinson Gardens honors two recipients with the 2017 Spirit of Beverly Hills and Camellia Awards at this year’s Patron Gala The Friends of Robinson Gardens is very proud to be honoring two award recipients at this year’s The Loveliest Night of the Year Patron Gala being held on September 9, 2017. Lisa Greer will receive the Spirit of Beverly Hills Award for her exceptional philanthropic and charitable contributions, while Ellisa Lanza Bregman will receive the  biannual Camellia Award for her much appreciated, deep and long-time commitment to the Virginia Robinson Gardens. About the Honorees: Lisa Greer, recipient of The Spirit of Beverly Hills Award Lisa Greer is a philanthropist, investor and entrepreneur.  She is the founder of CaregiversDirect, an online marketplace that is enabling the next generation of home healthcare, and an active real estate investor. Lisa is Commissioner and former Chair of the Beverly Hills Cultural Heritage Commission,…

2016 Patron Gala: La Dolce Vita!

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2016 La Dolce Vita Patron Gala

The Friends of Robinson Gardens “La Dolce Vita” Patron Gala  Reminiscent of Virginia Robinson’s legendary parties, “La Dolce Vita” was the Italian-themed Grand Soiree for the VRG Patron Gala event this year. It was a beautiful, elegant celebration, with every detail thought of to perfection. Glamorously dressed ladies and gentlemen in black tie were greeted by servers offering delicious hors d’oeuvres and champagne. A wine tasting was provided by the charming owners of Accasbel Wines, Nino O’Brien and Jennifer Varsak, who also generously donated the wines for the Gala dinner. On the second floor of the Pool Pavilion, a gem of a card room where Mrs. Robinson used to play bridge was also open for guests to explore. Its faux-painted marble walls and columns and Italianate ornately painted panels are in much need of restoration. There was a pledge drive for the card room, along with exciting silent and live…

Exclusive Shopping Extravaganza benefits The Friends of Robinson Gardens

Exclusive Shopping Extravaganza benefits The Friends of Robinson Gardens On Monday, September 26, 2016, the generous winners of last year’s Gala auction prize “Rodeo Drive Shopping Extravaganza with Lunch at Crustacean Restaurant,” had their fabulous experience. Brenda Cooke, Adrienne Horwitch, Nancy Krasne, Barbara Marcus, Ricki Ring, and Kerstin Royce enjoyed the specially planned day. Nicole Antoine, along with help from Leslie Kavanaugh and Barbara Marcus, and Kerstin Royce organized the day with a kick-off at the exclusive penthouse/rooftop of Burberry’s, where the designated shoppers got to sip champagne while viewing the latest off-the-runway Burberry Collection. The ladies were then introduced to Burberry make-up products and were invited to return for make-up consultation and applications in private rooms. With Burberry gift bags in hand, the guests proceeded to Michael Kors. Entering through the store doors signed “Closed for a Private Party,” the group was able to sip wine and nibble sweets…

2016 Spirit of Beverly Hills Award Joni Smith

The Friends of Robinson Gardens will present the Spirit of Beverly Hills award to Joni Smith at the 2016 La Dolce Vita Patron Gala on October 1, 2016 The Spirit of Beverly Hills award is given annually by the Friends of Robinson Gardens to an individual who, like Mrs. Robinson, has a deep commitment to community, cultural, and charitable causes.  In her day, Mrs. Robinson was deemed the “First Lady of Beverly Hills” because she championed and cared about social and cultural causes.  Joni Smith is a woman of today, who embodies those same commitments through her work as one of Los Angeles’ most prominent community and philanthropic leaders. Joni makes a difference through her tireless efforts. She serves on the Music Center Board of Directors, the Board of Art Center 100, the Blue Ribbon Board and the Council of the Library Foundation Board. She has served as Chairman of the Costume Council of…

2015 Patron Gala:

Moonlight & Roses

Moonlight & Roses Patron Gala 2015

The Friends of Robinson Gardens Moonlight & Roses Patron Gala 2015 The Friends of Robinson Gardens’ “Moonlight and Roses” annual Patron Gala, held on Saturday, September 12, 2015, would have made Mrs. Virginia Robinson proud. Her six and one-half acre historic estate remains the perfect place for an elegant party. Walking on a path of rose petals, the arriving guests wound their way past the Green House to the Great Lawn. Wine and champagne flowed as everyone surveyed the silent auction items. The butler announced dinner and guests proceeded to their tables. Lavish bouquets of pink roses, a favorite flower of Mrs. Robinson, adorned each table. Highlights of the evening were the honorees, Marcia Wilson Hobbs, receiving the Spirit of Beverly Hills Award, and Tim Lindsay, who received the Garden Champion Award. Guests danced under the stars late into the evening to the music of Art Deco. The event successfully…

2014 Patron Gala:

An Evening in Shangri-La

An Evening in Shangri-La

An Evening in Shangri-La at the Virginia Robinson Gardens On September 13, the Friends of Robinson Gardens created the most glamorous evening of the year at their 2014 Patron Gala, An Evening in Shangri-La. The chrysanthemum-edged path led the guests to the tennis court that was transformed into an exotic al fresco cocktail lounge. Later in the evening, an elegant dinner was served under the stars on the great lawn. Dessert and dancing were offered after a delightful performance by Bollywood dancers and the following presentation. This year’s honorees were Maralee Beck, recipient of the “Spirit of Beverly Hills Award” and Jamie Wolf, the “Camilla Award” winner. The Presidents, Adrienne Horwitch and Julia Klein welcomed everyone and especially thanked Ellisa Bregman and Leslie Tillman for the superb evening which they created. Tim Lindsay, the Superintendent of Robinson Gardens for the County of Los Angeles, was able to update us on…

2013 Patron Gala:

Midnight in Paris

2012 Patron Gala: Fiesta de las Flores

2011 Patron Gala: Centennial Gala

2010 Patron Gala:

Jewels & All That Jazz

2009 Patron Gala