Parca Auxiliary‘s Roaring 25th Anniversary Gala at the famed Carolands Chateau in Hillsborough, California, raised $230,000 for Parca Organization, a private nonprofit that provides services to individuals with developmental delays. Some 450 Parca supporters attended the Great Gatsby-themed milestone event on May 18, 2013.
Speakeasy cocktails were inside and dinner and jazz outside at the historic American residence designed by French architect Ernest Sanson for Harriet Pullman Carolan, heiress to the Pullman railroad car fortune. Saved from deterioration by Charles and Ann Johnson, the 98-room mansion built between 1912 and 1916, was returned to its former glory in 2007. The Johnsons worked with Mario Buatta on the interior design and Martin Lane Fox on re-creation of the garden. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a California Historic Landmark, and considered in 1939 for a Western White House, Carolands now serves as a gathering place for the Johnson family.
Parca’s Great Gatsby-style gala chairs Allison Keenan, Alison Caron and Katie Amoroso
The Parca Auxiliary gala vice chairs and board of directors
Carolyn Johnson and Kevin Smith
Parca Auxiliary co-founder Barbara Brown with Julie Lev
Kelly Bligh and Bruce Bligh
Parca Auxiliary co-founder Vicky Jones with her husband John Jones and daughter Kendall Jones
Angelos Dassios, Patricia Dassios, Lydia Bergman and Steve Bergman at Parca’s Roaring 25th Gala
Carolands Chateau in Hillsborough, California
Amy Jasmer and Denise Laugesen
Sara Kingsbury, Tim Kingsbury, Petra Garrett and Ezra Garrett
Carolands interior from the third floor looking down to the entrance, photo by Eric Luse/The Chronicle
Red Carpet Bay Area’s Marybeth LaMotte with Parca Auxiliary Co-Founder Barbara Brown
The library at Carolands contains many books from Harriet Pullman, photo by Eric Luse/The Chronicle
— Related: Red Carpet Bay Area coverage of past Parca Auxiliary events