Local wildlife lovers attended San Diego Zoo Globe’s fundraising gala Rendezvous in the Zoo to generate financial support for development of the Walkabout Australia experience, which will be featured at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Seeing the Zoo like never before, guests enjoyed fine dining and live entertainment including Joan Embery and many animal ambassadors.
Home of Guiding Hands raised nearly $175,000 and honored Dave and Charlene Walker for their dedication to the organization at the 43rd Annual Gala “Under the Big Top”. The proceeds from the event directly support 2,000 individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. HGH provides services including training, housing and transportation that significantly improve the quality of life for those involved.
Salk Institute launched the Architecture Conservation Program, designed to address ongoing preservation of the nearly 60-year-old Modernist structure considered to be a masterwork of American architect Louis Kahn. The Institute recently unveiled the renovation of the signature teak window systems, a project done in conjunction with Getty Conservation Institute.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego “North House” re-opened its doors to eight more families in need of compassion and a home away from home. The touching celebration allowed those in attendance to witness the ribbon cutting and take part in stocking and touring the residence that is now able to provide accommodations to 55 families. The North House was the original home in San Diego that was opened in in 1980!
For many years, Frank Carrillo, founder of SIMNSA Foundation and President of SIMNSA Health Care, has hosted a charity golf tournament to benefit vulnerable children in Tijuana. The tournament has raised funds for various non-profits over the years, this year’s tournament at Club Campestre benefitted EUNIME who is helping prevent the HIV transmission from Mother to Child and provide psychosocial support families.
Dr. Gary Weitzman, President and CEO of San Diego Humane Society, held a special cocktail reception recognizing donors for their extraordinary generosity. Since 1880, San Diego Humane society has provided vital services to animals and people by sheltering and adopting animals, providing positive reinforcement training classes, investigating animal cruelty and neglect, presenting education programs for youth and adults, and much more.
The Hotel del Coronado put its best foot forward and was proud to share with guests all the new and exciting developments at the prestigious hotel. The celebration also spotlighted the change in management at Hotel del Coronado as Harold Rapoza Jr. has taken over as General Manager.
The Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank has changed the lives of many San Diegans and continues to pursue this mission with the help of many community partners. At their Annual Meeting and Reception, the organization shared details on the current state of the food bank as well as allowed guests to tour the facilities.
Along with superheroes and villains, Comic Con brought some unbelievable sights to San Diego, including a Sharknado. The Sharknado 5: Global Swarming Party at Sycuan Casino’s GameDay Sports Bar. The one-of-a-kind event featured appearances by the film’s stars, Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, as well as other special guests. All of the food matched the theme- shark cookies, sharkbait sushi and tornado cream puff pastries!
Audiences were in for a special treat while previewing Concert with a Vision, the fundraising concert event by The Vision of Children Foundation to support their mission to cure genetic vision disorders. At the preview night, board member Dr. Greg Ostrow provided insider knowledge regarding their research and discoveries. Vision Hero, Joel Gomez, also gave an outstanding performance.