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Abby dearest: A sit down with the syndicated columnist

Lisa Grotts is San Francisco’s own Miss Manners. Former Director of Protocol for our beloved city, Grotts is also the author of “A Traveler’s Passport to Etiquette” and writes for the Huffington Post on the subject of decorum. She was honored to host a dinner celebrating the visit of her idol, Advice Columnist Jeanne Phillips better known as Dear Abby. Phillips took on the pen name and continued its legacy after her Mother Pauline Phillips first popularized it.

Writers Lisa Grotts, Leah Garchik, Jeanne Phillips, Jeannie Lawrence
Moanalani Jeffrey Photography
A Dear Abby place setting
Moanalani Jeffrey Photography

Mr. John Grotts, the consummate gentleman escorted Phillips from her midday engagement at the Westin St. Francis in nearby Union Square. Phillips was the keynote speaker for the Compassion & Choices Luncheon. The organization serves, as a positive resource to help understand and aid in the last stage of one's life. Their focus is on the comfort and quality of time and life in those last precious moments.

While Phillips was being whisked over to Hakassan where the dinner was to take place, Mrs. Grotts and Creative Director for Ideas Riccardo Benavides, were putting the final touches on décor in the private back room. The focal point was a larger than life poster of Jeanne and her beloved mother Pauline with their shared moniker Dear Abby in signature form at the bottom. On the invite roster were Columnists Leah Garchik from the San Francisco Chronicle with her husband Jerry Garchik and Jeanne Lawrence, who writes a tricoastal Social Diary with a circulation of heavy hitters. Radio and Television personality Narsai David is an author as well, he attended with his wife Venus David. Dagmar Dolby and Wilkes Bashford rounded out the intimate table setting.

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All the best – Moanalani Jeffrey

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