After 35 years of service, Chief David Bejarano of the Chula Vista Police Department retired. The retirement party or traditional “walkout” was a celebration of Chief Bejarano’s accomplishments and an opportunity to thank him for his dedication to selflessly protecting others. Joined by family, friends, fellow Law Enforcement, and grateful community members, he was deeply honored during the festivities. Police Chiefs and law enforcement officers from all branches and from all over the state were in attendance and culminated with bagpipes, a firetruck ladder and flag, and a San Diego Police Department Helicopter flyby!
Toward Maximum Independence’s 3rd Annual Old Hollywood Casino Night was a lively event which presented a variety of live entertainment performances for guests to enjoy including a comedy show, musical acts and a magic show. The Casino Night serves as a means to generate support for Toward Maximum Independence’s 35-year mission to empower children and adults with developmental disabilities.
The 17th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival Gala Awards, is the largest fundraiser for the Pacific Arts Movement which provides educational performing arts programs to youth. A red-carpet event, the SDAFF Gala brought together the influential leaders of industry and community for an evening celebrating film and a good cause. Film stars and celebrities from all over the globe mingled under the stars before an elegant dinner and awards ceremony.
Nobody wanted to be late to the very important date that was the Miracle Babies’ 7th Annual Gala. The Once Upon a Time themed gala did not disappoint with fairytale magic woven throughout the event. Guests donned their best attire, danced in the ballroom, and celebrated like royalty all while raising awareness and funds for families of critically ill newborns.
Local women gathered at Westfield UTC for a shopping tour and luncheon benefitting the children of the “Niños con Visión” Orphanage in Tijuana. Dressed to the nines, these fashionable women added to their already fantastic wardrobes for a good cause. The Ladies Luncheon and Shopping Experience was a collaborative effort by Westfield UTC, Together for Charity and Giving Back Magazine.
The 44th Annual National Philanthropy Day recognized seven honorees that have made a significant impact through volunteerism and charity efforts. The astounding generosity of community members is something that the Association of Fundraising Professionals San Diego Chapter has made it their purpose to recognize with this sophisticated event that captured the grace and importance of the honorees. Many of Giving Back Magazine’s partners were in attendance!
Guests came together at the San Diego Air and Space Museum for the 2016 “Legends of the Flight” Hall of Fame Gala, an important evening for those of the air and space community. The gala paid tribute to the accomplishments of several honorees and aviation legends R. A. "Bob" Hoover, Bill Gibbs and Steve Pisanos. The elegant event was a night to remember for all in attendance.
The first local hospital of its kind, the new SIMNSA Binational Medical Center being built in Tijuana will meet the needs of those living on both sides of the border. The ground breaking ceremony, which also shared the plans for the hospital and emphasized its significance as a community resource, was attended by those heading the project and influential community members. This new world-class facility will be a global destination for medical tourism creating facilities unlike any seen before in our region.
Threads, the well-known and respected interior design and home décor store, hosted its first annual Holiday Bazaar for a morning of shopping and delicious breakfast favorites. Brenda Gold and her team, which specializes in customized pieces, luxurious fabrics and leather, invited local merchants to feature their unique products at the multi-vendor bazaar. Guests enjoyed browsing jewelry designers, luxurious handbags, and more, all of which were a hit with shoppers.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Kenneth T. and Eileen Norris Foundation and efforts of USO San Diego, the Norris Support Center for Military Families officially opened. The ribbon cutting ceremony featured moving speeches and tours of the new facility which will be a valuable resource to many in our military community.