Love Is A Work Of Art

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Enter…Love begins here. True to form, the annual Saltzman black-tie fundraiser was a spectacular affair where fantasy and philanthropy came together.

Philanthropists extraordinaire Jillian Manus and Alan Saltzman hosted their 7th annual Valentine-themed charity at their Atherton residence to benefit the Stanford Cancer Center.  True to this year’s theme, Love is a Work of Art, every square inch of the residence was transformed into an artist’s masterpiece.

The fantasy began with a red-carpet entrance sprinkled with human sculptures.  A Moroccan-themed tent ended the red carpet where guests were greeted by a darling camel, welcome cocktails and Jillian Manus & Alan Saltzman.

Among the many extravagant surprises:  Barak and Michelle Obama look-alikes were perched in the foyer tossing money to party guests; GOP presidential candidate impersonators provided a comedic twist throughout the evening; a Grecian themed room showcased Greek Gods and Goddesses with a traditional band and ouzo bar; the pink room’s Art of Tattoo was enjoyed by many guests; a champagne themed room with fountains and bubbles were displayed among a Pop Art backdrop; a men’s Western tent showcased the art of draw poker by Andy Thomas.

The evening ended in the French-themed tent with dinner and dancing.  Over 300 guests attended the swanky $2000/ticket soiree.  This year’s event raised a staggering $800,000!

Every penny raised will be donated to the Stanford Hospital and Clinics.  As Jillian Manus explained, “This night is about life; this night is about love. We throw this ball for love, and we’ve done it for seven years.”

Photographer:  Drew Altizer

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