Love is a Work of Art

Love is a Work of Art

Philanthropists Jillian Manus and Alan Salzman hosted the seventh annual Valentine’s Day Ball at their Atherton residence again this year, with a theme called “Love is a Work of Art.” True to the theme, each room in the house depicted a unique interpretation on famous artists and their works.

The glamorous black tie cocktail reception, dinner and dancing gala for 300 guests benefitted the Stanford Cancer Center. Since inception, the Valentine’s Day Ball has generated close two million dollars for the Stanford Cancer Center.

The Lichenstein Gallery

It was really quite touching to speak with several people at the event whose lives had been personally touched by the Cancer Center, and by Jillian Manus and Alan Salzman’s generosity. As in all years past, every penny of the event is underwritten and paid for by Manus and Salzman. All of the evening’s proceeds, including the ticket price and donations, directly benefitted the Stanford Cancer Center.

Robert Kennedy, Cheryl Hines, Helen Salzman and Jillian Manus

All decor, food, beverages, and entertainment was intertwined with the “Love is a Work of Art” theme, while character actors depicting the iconic styles and artworks were be on hand in full era costume and make-up. To keep things topical, there were also actors based on current political figures in the news, including President and First Lady Obama, and Mitt Romney, among others. Gourmet hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert will be provided by McCall & Associates.

Alan Salzman and Jillian Manus


Cheryl Hines and Robert Kennedy – Bandel Carano and Paula Carano
Gaurav Garg and Komal Shah – Judith and John Renard
Pamela Rosekrans and Peter Rosekrans – Clare Luce and Kurt Brockmann
James Herbert and Mandy Salzman – Marybeth LaMotte, Mylea Charvat and Mark Walther
Bennett Engelhardt, Nicole Engelhardt, Courtney Morse – Dan Dieguez and Carolyne Zinko

With every detail of the evening beautifully conceived and executed — even the valet area was elegant — it’s no wonder that event planner Robert Fountain is in charge of the event each year. A big kiss to Robert for another job well done!

Jillian Manus and Robert Fountain