Voices for Children hosted a luncheon for their benefactors, including a behind the scenes look at the complex foster care system in San Diego County. Guests met many of the judges who work every day to protect the lives of foster children and heard from a current foster youth whose life has been positively impacted by a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, volunteer.
Chief of Police Shelley Zimmerman received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Women in Blue celebration presented by the San Diego Police Foundation. The event which celebrates the leadership, courage, and service of female officers who serve the San Diego Police Department and strives to inspire future generations.
Cardiovascular diseases kill approximately 1 in 3 women each year - approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. The Go Red For Women Luncheon united women who overcame the odds and to help raise funds. This year’s San Diego Legendary Women of the Heart were Joyce Butler, Valerie Cooper, Susan Hoehn and Armi Williams.
The Hotel del Coronado’s Icons + Masters Anniversary Gala was an exceptional evening with the breathtaking gallery showing that captured a unique light of some of the most memorable celebrities in photos shot by legendary photographer John Russo. Following the gallery, attendees enjoyed a five-course dinner replicating historical Del favorites prepared by five of the nation’s French Master Chefs. The vintage glamour of the evening in the Crown Room reflected the 130 years of indelible memories at this historic and iconic landmark of San Diego’s history.
Children’s Nature Retreat in Alpine celebrated its’ 1st Anniversary with a fun filled party. Guests enjoyed an afternoon of games, prizes, birthday cake and more. It has been a busy year, they now have more than 120 animals, two new Halfinger horses, a Sulcata tortoise and two desert tortoises, goats, peacocks and parrots that needed homes. The Children’s Nature Retreat Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children and their families. The Retreat is an intimate setting where guests can interact with these loving animals.
The Stars and Stripes Kick-Off hosted by Chef Flor Franco celebrated South Bay Community Services’ participation as a beneficiary of the 22nd Annual Stars and Stripes Tournament. The three day tournament will provide much-needed assistance to the organization, among seven other youth charities, supporting the Mi Escuelita Preschool a therapeutic program for children affected by abuse and domestic violence.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego provides a “home-away-from-home” for families with children being treated for serious, often life-threatening conditions at local hospitals. Thanks to the community support of donors the house can be convenient home base where families may take care of their basic needs, so they can better focus on what really matters: caring for their critically ill or injured child. This intimate evening gave the House the opportunity to thank some of their major donors and partners.
Supporting their Education and Community Outreach Program and the artistic programming of major performances, the WinterFest Gala was a great success with the invaluable help of Gala Chair Susan Hoehn. Attendees were able to experience the unforgettable performance of Johannes Brahms’ piano trios by Emanuel Ax on piano, Leonidas Kavakos on violin, and Yo-Yo Ma on cello.
Fashionably dressed guests donned attire inspired by the beloved character Holly Golightly for Miracle Babies’ Breakfast at Tiffany’s fundraiser. The event was put on by the organization’s Miracle Circle, an influential group of supporters who serve as ambassadors to advocate on behalf of the group’s mission to help families with babies who have been born prematurely or with medical conditions.
Fashion, elegance and philanthropy came together for the Patrons of the Prado’s Gown Event. Guests mingled while enjoying champagne and hors d’oeuvres before watching the breathtaking fashion show, which was followed by shopping. Proceeds from the event benefitted Bucks4Buses, enabling underserved students to attend and participate in art programs at Balboa Park.