The Manus Salzman Valentine’s Ball 2010
Jillian Manus
Jillian Manus Samples the Candy at the 2010 Valentine’s Ball

Philanthropists Jillian Manus and Alan Salzman recently hosted 300 guests for the hugely successful fifth annual Valentine’s Day Ball at their Atherton residence. The Valentine’s Day Ball, an annual glamorous black tie cocktail reception and dancing gala, raised $300,000 for the Stanford Cancer Center.

Renee Hellman, Alan Salzman,  Jackie Comolli
Renee Hellman, Alan Salzman, Jackie Comolli
Carla Sheily, Robert Fountain
Carla Sheily, Robert Fountain

Event producer and designer, Robert Fountain, once again partnered with Manus and Salzman in the creation of the evening’s theme, “The Game of Love.” Guests entered through a maze of hedges with trivial pursuit questions leading the way to the entrance of the home and party.

Marissa Mayer, Zachary Bogue
Marissa Mayer, Zachary Bogue
Kara Mayer, Mason Mayer
Kara Mayer, Mason Mayer
Troy Miller, Katie Bogue
Katie Bogue, Troy Miller
Steve Westly, Anita Westly
Maria Shriver

Steve Westly, Anita Westly
Griffith Rutherford Harsh IV, Meg Whitman
Griffith Rutherford Harsh IV, Meg Whitman
Giles Marsden, Terry Tiffany, Carolyn Carroll, Tom Carroll, Joe Tiffany
A Perfomer with Giles Marsden, Terry Tiffany, Carolyn Carroll, Tom Carroll, Joe Tiffany

Jillian Manus and Alan Salzman welcomed First Lady of California Maria Shriver, EBAY CEO and California Gubernatorial candidate, Meg Whitman, Controller Steve Westly, Google’s Marissa Mayer, Stanford Hospital & Clinics CEO, Martha Marsh, Salzman matriarch and cancer survivor Helen Salzman (the inspiration for the event), and many more.

Helen Salzman, Drue Kataoka
Helen Salzman, Drue Kataoka

Helen Salzman, the beloved mother of Salzman and mother-in-law of Manus, recently conquered her third bout of cancer with the incredible care and help of the Stanford Cancer Center. Helen, who attended this year’s gala was – and continues to be – the inspiration for the annual Valentine’s Day Ball.

Hostess Jillian Manus dressed as “Barbie” wearing the exact gown, accessories, and hair style as a vintage “Lizette” Barbie doll from her personal collection.

Reza Malek, Bita Dayabari, Noosheen Hashemi, Zod Nazem
Dr. Reza Malek, Bita Dayabari, Noosheen Hashemi, Zod Nazem

Sandy Katzman, Jim Katzman, Jim Mills, Jennifer Mills
Michael O'Rourke, Julia Viternberg, Glenn Mackney
Michael O’Rourke, Julia Viternberg, Glenn Mackney

All of the evening’s proceeds, which totaled $300,000 in ticket sales and donations, directly benefits the Stanford Cancer Center. True to “The Game of Love” theme, each room in the house represented a humorous and nostalgic take on beloved childhood games such as Operation, Clue, Dungeons and Dragons, Truth or Dare, Candy Land and Twister – just to name a few. All decor, food, beverages, and entertainment were intertwined with the “fun and games” them.


Jillian Manus Greets a Hunky Guest
Jessica Switzer, Porsche Switzer
Jessica Switzer, Porsche Switzer
Bita Dayabari
Bita Dayabari
Mary Lynn Moran
Mary Lynn Moran
Julia Vitenberg, Alina Vitenberg
Julia Vitenberg, Alina Vitenberg
Christyne Nasbe, Debbie Wilson
Christyne Nasbe, Debbie Wilson

The party included an FAO Schwartz themed tent with electric trains, including life size Gumbee dolls and stuffed animals, children’s motorized cars, a Barbie dessert station with cookie accessories, a “floor step” piano made famous by Tom Hanks in the movie “BIG”, and Bill Hopkins providing the music with the band dressed up like Raggedy and Ann and Andy Dolls! A Twister room had a Chubby Checker impersonator with poodle skirt dancers, all in a 50’s diner serving fries, shakes, malts, burgers, and hot dogs

Ronald Silzer, Cora Wiegand
Ronald Silzer, Cora Wiegand
Jennifer London, Harold Friedman
Jennifer London, Harold Friedman
Courtney Hendrickson, Josh Moffett
Courtney Hendrickson, Josh Moffett
O.J. Shansby, Gary Shansby
O.J. Shansby, Gary Shansby
Sammy Zelcer, Sonia Mathai, Lyn Zelcer, Mary White
Sammy Zelcer, Sonia Mathai, Lyn Zelcer, Mary White
John Sheily, Lindsay Sutherland, Natasha Gerber, Brandon Child
John Sheily, Lindsay Sutherland, Natasha Gerber, Brandon Child
Mike Splinter, Pat Splinter
Mike Splinter, Pat Splinter
Tim Portwood, Jill Fogelsong, Norm Fogelsong
Tim Portwood, Jill Fogelsong, Norm Fogelsong
Allison Woiwode, Glenn Mackney
Allison Woiwode, Glenn Mackney
Leslee Guardino, Carl Guardino
Leslee Guardino, Carl Guardino
Elizabeth Burns, Gabriel Paulson
Elizabeth Burns, Gabriel Paulson
Nancy Greenbach, Joseph Greenbach
Nancy Greenbach, Joseph Greenbach
Mark Hansen, Crystal Dwyer
Mark Hansen, Crystal Dwyer
Georgia Kinne, Amanda Salzman
A Guest with Georgia Kinne, Amanda Salzman
Tim Wu, Amy Yang
Tim Wu, Amy Yang
Cary Cole, Staci Cole
Cary Cole, Staci Cole
Nat Goldhaber, Marilyn Goldhaber
Nat Goldhaber, Marilyn Goldhaber
Mandy Sires, Eldon Thompson
Mandy Sires, Eldon Thompson
Gabriel Perez, Inessa Obenhuber
Gabriel Perez, Inessa Obenhuber

Exquisite hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert were provided by Paula Le Duc Catering. Blue Angel Vodka, Mumm Vineyards and Cliff Lede Vineyards were the event and spirits sponsors.

Courtney Hendrickson, Georgia Kinne, Corey Morse, Natasha Gerber
Courtney Hendrickson, Georgia Kinne, a Guest, Corey Morse, Natasha Gerber

Photos: Drew Altizer [drewaltizer.com] Event Date: February 6, 2010

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