San Diego Paella, Wine & Beer Festival was a celebration of Paella - a dish that comes to us from Spain, with origins dating back to the eighteenth century. Guests enjoyed unlimited tasting paella alongside beer tastings and international wineries. Set next to San Diego Bay, the sunny day was a delight for all in attendance.


A celebration of hope and an opportunity for the community to join together to ignite the fight against cancer was celebrated at the SPARK Gala. The evening recognized the life of dedicated San Diego philanthropist Pauline Foster. The elegant evening helped raise funds to benefit the Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy and Moores Cancer Center's precision medicine endeavors.

Father Joes

Each year the Children’s Charity Gala raises awareness and funding for San Diego’s homeless. For 24 years, guests have joined Father Joe’s Villages in the fight to end homelessness. This year’s event celebrated the difference they have made in many lives, the substantial support they have received over the years, and their commitment to a better future for struggling families.

Wine Women Shoes

Voices for Children co-chairs Patricia Brutten and Marina Marrelliknow how to throw a fantastic benefit for the organization. The 6th Annual Wine Women & Shoes garden party merged fashion, fun, and philanthropy into one spectacular event with a fashion show and auction. Proceeds provide the caring advocacy of a CASA volunteer to every foster child in San Diego County who needs one.


USO San Diego’s 76th Annual Stars and Stripes Gala: Land of the Free… Because of the Brave honored local philanthropist Malin Burnham. Hélène and George Gould as well as Papa Doug and Geniya Manchester generously served as Premier Title Sponsors for the event. All involved provided valuable support to the organization’s efforts for traveling military members and their families. A highlight of the evening was the creation of a painting while singing the National Anthem!


CJ Charles Jewelers of La Jolla hosted a dinner at a beautiful private home to see the newest collection Patek Philippe watches. Friends and family enjoyed a memorable night, and had the opportunity to view the Basel 2017 collection. The event was the epitome of elegance and featured live musical performances, delicately decorated grounds and beautiful displays of all the watches!

Sharp Bustamante

Sharp HealthCare Foundation is dedicated to providing access to high-quality medical resources to the binational community in the Cali Baja mega region. As such, the organization recently celebrated the announcement of their plans and engaged in fundraising efforts for a new hospital tower at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center to better serve the needs of patients in the region.

Alpine Dance Star

Giving back turned groovy at the 6th Annual Fundraising Gala benefitting Hands United for Children. They turned up the fun for a good cause with dancing and a silent auction supporting underprivileged children. Locally, they sponsor children to visit the Children’s Nature Retreat. Impressively, their reach spans across the globe and they have even built a preschool in West Africa.

Blci Gala

For students in Barrio Logan, there are many obstacles that reduce their likelihood of attending college. Barrio Logan College Institute is working tirelessly with the help of donations and fundraising events including their Opportunity for Impact Fundraiser to make college a possibility. Not only do all their high school graduates enroll in college, BLCI provides continued support to help them succeed.

Reality Changers

The Malin Burnham Awards recognized outstanding individuals and organizations within the San Diego community. Among the “Most-Admired” winners were Ken E. Nwadike Jr., Free Hugs Project, Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, The San Diego Foundation, KPBS and the Sierra Club San Diego. Southwest Airlines is proud to make a difference as a partner of Reality Changers.

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