Lisa Detanna, Managing Director and Senior Vice President of Investments at Raymond James, Inc. along with the Los Angeles Wealth Advisory Team of Raymond James recently hosted a special event at Sunnylands, often referred to as “Camp David West,” the family home of Walter and Lenore Annenberg who served in prominent roles in the Reagan Administration. Sunnylands hosted 7 US Presidents and has long been a place for world leaders to gather to solve problems, discuss issues and get to know each other socially while being entertained by celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Gregory Peck and more recently John Legend. The estate sports a golf course and sits on 200 acres. The visitor’s center has had over 60,000 guests in its first year of being open to the public. As noted in “The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands” in the March 8, 2013 edition of The Beverly Hills Courier, the day began with a tour of the residence, which houses replicas of over a billion dollars in art work, since donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The guests then saw the film in the visitor’s center theater about what Sunnylands hopes to accomplish in the future. At lunch, Lisa gave a presentation about Raymond James and how they help individuals, families, institutions, foundations, endowments and not-for-profit organizations to analyze, plan and choose investments which are conflict-free, non-biased and provide top performance in good markets as well as offer more protection in tough markets. She emphasized Raymond James’ philosophy that philanthropy and foundations are an extension of a family. Lisa’s connection with the Annenberg family began when she met Marcia Wilson Hobbs, fellow Board Member of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce. Marcia spent time with the Annenberg family as a child when her parents, friends of Lenore and Walter all served together for Ronald Reagan in the 1980’s. Marcia introduced Lisa to Elizabeth Kabler, Lenore Annenberg’s daughter.
Elizabeth and Marcia spoke at the Sunnylands event about what it was like living in and visiting the home when they were children. They described the elaborate menus created for the Presidents and other Heads of State who would stay on the estate. Sunnylands is planning to publish a cookbook to recreate some of the recipes from those days. Marcia also talked about the Annenberg art collection, which Walter Annenberg had taken the time to educate her about, leading to her great interest in art and a long tenure at Christie’s.Elizabeth spoke about the high fashion often seen at Sunnylands and their plan to host a fashion week featuring Lenore Annenberg’s favorite designers and the events where their clothes were worn. One of the favorite moments of the event was the walk past the “Wall of Memories,” which exhibits photographs of famous heads of state, US Presidents and celebrities who spent time at Sunnylands. Everyone who attended was struck by the experiences and opportunities Elizabeth and Marcia had growing up at Sunnylands. Lisa is happy to have provided a taste of what it was like to be there back then. If you wish to contact Lisa Detanna to learn more about Raymond James or to open an account or transfer an existing investment account, she can be contacted at 213.327.1028 or Lisa.Detanna@raymondjames.com. Her Raymond James office is Raymond James & Associates, Inc. member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC located at 444 South Flower Street, Suite 3870, in Los Angeles. About Raymond James Financial, Inc. Raymond James Financial (NYSE-RJF) is a Florida-based diversified holding company providing financial services to individuals, corporations and municipalities through its subsidiary companies. Its principal wholly owned broker/dealers, Raymond James & Associates, Raymond James Financial Services, and Raymond James Ltd., have approximately 6,500 financial advisors serving 2.4 million accounts in 2,600 locations throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. In addition, total client assets are approximately $403 billion, of which approximately $38 billion are managed by the firm’s asset management subsidiaries.