Drive-by Birthday Bash

By Richard Mineards   |   May 14, 2020
Yoel and Eva Haller (photo by Judi Weisbart)

Hungarian-American philanthropist Eva Haller celebrated her 90th birthday at Casa Dorinda at the weekend with a “drive by” party.

Eva, a trustee of UCSB, co-founder and president of the Campaign Communications Institute of America, Visiting Professor of Glasgow Caledonian University, and the 2014 Magnusson Fellow, who escaped the Nazis during World War II, was accompanied by her physician husband of 33 years, Yoel, as friends with posters and honking car horns marked the big day during the pandemic.

“It wasn’t exactly what was planned for the occasion but, given the limitations, the best anyone could do in the circumstances,” said Judi Weisbart, who attended the bash with her husband, Harry.

Friends waiting for Eva in the Casa Dorinda parking lot included Harry and Judi Weisbart, Kathy Eldon, Ron and Ingrid Bohem, John and Mary Romo, Marilyn Tam and Kevin, Ann Daniel, to name just a few (photo by Judi Weisbart)
Marilyn Gilbert sang opera from her car while people honked, yelled, and sang out of their car windows as Eva beamed with joy (photo by Judi Weisbart)
Following the drive-by party was a Zoom call from friends from all over the world. Special appearances were made by Jane Goodall, Christiane Amanpour, and others, plus live performances by Joyce DiDonato, Monica Yunus, and Camille Zamora. (photo by Judi Weisbart)

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