Toward Maximum Independence recently hosted their Transforming Lives Gala to support their mission to help children and adults with developmental disabilities achieve more independent and fulfilling lifestyles. Attendees of this special event were dazzled by a magician, serenaded by the Jose Molina/Roman Palacios Quintet, enjoyed casino games and had the opportunity to win exciting prizes.

Salk Symphony

The Salk Institute celebrated 22 years of Symphony at Salk, its signature concert under the stars, with Grammy-winning songwriter, composer and producer David Foster. All proceeds from the event support the Salk Institute’s wide-ranging scientific inquiries that have yielded more than 50 years of life-changing discoveries.

Old Globe

Current and prospective supporters had an opportunity to learn about The Old Globes’ plans for the year to come at the reception organized by co-chairs Terry Atkinson, Kathy Taylor, Elaine and Dave Darwin, as well as Vicki and Karl Zeiger. At the event, they delved into their plans for the coming season and provided information about their Arts Engagement Programs.

Mariachi Festival

Guests celebrated the beauty, passion and pageantry of Mexican culture with some of Mexico’s greatest artists! The Ballet Folklórico from the University of Guadalajara and Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán, Symphonic Mariachi Champaña Nevin, the Orquesta de Baja California and the San Diego Binational Symphony Orchestra all came together for an unforgettable evening of traditional and classical Mexican music and dance. Proceeds benefitted the Mariachi Scholarship Foundation.


The LAPA Foundation for Excellence hosted the Annual "Chip N' 4 Charity" Golf Tournament of Champions. The main goal was to raise funds for the Barrio Logan College Institute which promotes higher education as a ticket out of poverty. Working together with disadvantaged families, BLCI ensures that 100% of its high school graduates enroll in college.


Nothing says summer like a Western-style BBQ. The Ferragosto 2017 Wild Western in Amici Park in Little Italy was just that. The event turned supporting the historical preservation of Little Italy and fundraising for local scholarships into good fun. Attendees got to dance to live music, gamble in a saloon, and witnessed a live rodeo all while tasting delicious food and cocktails. This event is always amazing with its décor and successfully turned Little Italy into a Wild West Mining Town!

Maac Dinner

The 30th anniversary of MAAC’s Casa de Milagros was celebrated in style with fine cuisine prepared by various Tijuana restaurants. The event, presented by Southwest Airlines, recognized the organization’s efforts to aid women seeking recovery and sobriety within the community while guests also enjoyed an exquisite four-course meal.

Globe Guilders

Spectacular couture graced the runway during the Globe Guilder’s 27th Annual Fashion Show, Celebrating Couture 2017. Co-Chaired by Kim Neapole, Lisa Berry Shaw, Lynn Silva and Honorary Co-Chair Jo Ann Kilty, the event featured the collections of selected celebrated couture and prêt-à-porter designers. Proceeds raised support the Old Globe’s artistic and arts engagement programs.

Uss Midway

The USS Midway Museum hosted the 11th Annual Midway American Patriot Award Gala which honored Bob and Elizabeth Dole and the Naval Aviator Vietnam Prisoners of War in a touching ceremony recognizing their sacrifices. Support of the event helped to supplement funding for the “No Child Left Ashore” scholarship which provides access to STEM studies to underserved youth.


At a fundraising gala for a music and arts organization, attendees would expect no less from Athenaeum than an extravagant event and after party. Their 28th Annual Gala, ¡Fiesta! on Wall Street, was Mexican themed and featured an exquisite dinner, live music, dancing, and even a parade for costumed guests to partake in as downtown La Jolla partied late into the night!

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