The Women's Auxiliary of Seacrest Village Retirement Communities held their thirty third annual gala, Champagne on Ice. Event chair Jane Ottenstein and President Mary Epsten along with the committee presented a spectacular evening of dancing, dining and even a presentation of figure skating on ice. All proceeds from the event will help the Resident Assistance Fund at Seacrest Village.
Puccini's masterpiece Turandot opened the 2011 San Diego Opera season with a black-tie gala studded affair. A cocktail reception was held at the US Grant and guests were then escorted by dragon dancers down the street to enjoy a performance of Turandot. After the opera, the night was only just beginning as guests returned to the hotel which was decorated as Imperial Peking China complete with music, dancing and Chinese cuisine.
Fun was the name of the game at the Orchestra Nova concert as the fantastic violinist Lindsay Deutsch entertained. Guests enjoyed delicious hors d'oeuvres and sipped on wine while bidding on silent auction items, then settling into their seats as the auctioneer encouraged big bids for such live auction items as an American Airlines South American holiday, and a chance to rehearse and perform with the orchestra. More than sixty thousand dollars were raised to support its music education and other programs.
The President of the Board of Trustees Tom Gildred and Executive Director Roxana Velasquez welcomed donors and supporters to the grand opening of two exhibitions; Thomas Gainsborough and the Modern Woman and Howard Hodgkin: Time and Place 2001-2010 at The San Diego Museum of Art. Guests enjoyed cocktails as they were the first to view this one-of-a-kind collection at one of San Diego’s most beautiful venues.
The exhibition Zandra Rhodes-A Lifelong Affair with Textiles recently opened at the Mingei International Museum with a grandiose soiree and fashion show. The high fashion garments from the sixties through the eighties will be showcased until April of next year. Prominent people from the San Diego community came to celebrate the opening of the exhibit that features imaginative, colorful fabrics and garments that capture the imagination.
The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach have joined forces to present Mexico: Expected/Unexpected. The exhibition features more than one hundred artworks selected from the Isabel and Agustin Coppel Collection, one of Mexico’s most comprehensive contemporary art collections. Guests arrived from all over Mexico to celebrate this unique art exhibition that places our museum in the international spotlight.
Ten deserving San Diego nonprofit organizations received their much-anticipated grant funding from Las Patronas during a luncheon in La Jolla. Las Patronas president Sallie Warren welcomed guests to a memorable presentation that showcased the heart and soul that is put into their fundraising. Among this year's beneficiaries were MCASD, The Old Globe Threatre and Rady Children's Hospital.
Cocktails, wine tasting, live entertainment from Dana Carvey and a silent auction made the night unforgettable at this year's Diamond in the Rough Gala in La Jolla. Hundreds of guests arrived in black tie attire to help raise funds for Monarch School which provides homeless and at-risk children with an accredited education while caring for their basic needs.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, The Trompo Interactive Children’s Museum of Tijuana celebrated its annual gala A Kiss For Tijuana. In the festive spirit, all guests were given a red rose and led to an elegant room decorated with beautiful shades of reds and pinks. The Opera of Tijuana entertained guests first with operatic selections, then traditional Trio songs. All funds raised will further the construction of the museum and continue to educate children in science and technology.
San Diego fashion lovers were transported to a New York City posh boutique style event as they experienced the latest fashion of clothing designer Yigal Azrouël at the home of the Posnock family in La Jolla. Guests met Yigal Azrouël and shopped from his women's ready to wear, menswear and accessories with a percentage of funds from the trunk show benefitting the Ronald McDonald House.