Downtown erupted with superheroes, intergalactic adventurers and supernatural creatures for the annual Comic-Con as locals and tourists alike flocked to the infamous conference to indulge in their favorite fandom. From meet and greets with the stars that portray their favorite characters, to collecting unique merchandise, and submerging themselves in interactive exhibits, this year’s attendees were blown away, eaten and otherwise teleported to other galaxies!
STEM learning made its way to PETCO Park for an exciting evening highlighting innovation and educational opportunities for the entire family. Athena ALL STARS hosted the event at the stadium where those in the life science and tech fields could network and learn about exciting new developments including a demo of KOOV, a groundbreaking coding and robotics kit.
“Oh! The Places You’ll Go” was a fitting theme for Traveling Stories’ annual Red Balloon Awards dinner and gala. As they continue to help others steer themselves “in any direction they choose” by providing reading resources and support to over 3,500 children in San Diego, the organization took this opportunity to celebrate organizations and individuals who have contributed to this goal.
St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center proves that philanthropy can be fashionable with their Haute with Heart Fashion Show, their 40th presentation of this event. The runway showcased beautiful pieces worn by both models including some of the 400 community members of St. Madeleine’s who live with developmental disabilities. Guests also enjoyed a special performance by the Center’s students and a reception with boutique shopping.
A relaxed garden party for United Way’s Tocqueville Society took place at a private home in Bankers Hill as the United Way of San Diego County gave an update on Readers in the Heights, a summer learning loss prevention initiative helping 400 children in City Heights enjoy a literacy camp experience that will keep them reading and learning! Readers in the Heights has over 150 volunteers who are helping tutor children in literacy-enhancing games and other STEM activities.
It is no secret that worldwide, women’s education desperately needs improvement, and MONA Foundation has taken up this cause for nearly 20 years. Their Sun-Sational Evening Reception in La Jolla featured a special performance by Rainn Wilson and served to educate guests on the importance of the global impact they can make by working together.
The 9th Annual Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center Golf Tournament Presented allowed sponsors an opportunity to enjoy a beautiful day on the green for a great cause. Through this tournament, the Sharp HealthCare Foundation seeks to support health education and services as well as research at the Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center and create awareness for the new hospital tower that is being built ready to open in fall of 2019.
Send Me Foundation is dedicated to helping the local community as well as our neighbors across the border. Their Eat, Drink & Give event provided an opportunity for guests to personally make an impact by contributing to their three causes for 2017: ANE Fundación de Apoyo para Niños Especiales, Casa Rayito de Luz y Esperanza, and Casa Estrella.
It is undeniable that protecting children who are victims of abuse and neglect is a noble and crucial cause. St. Germaine Children’s Charity has stepped up to change the lives of those who cannot stand up for themselves. Prevention is the driving force behind their June Grant Award Luncheon which provided $130,000 to 12 local organizations to accomplish this important goal.
Public safety is everybody’s responsibility. The 2017 Friends of the Badge Luncheon offered an opportunity for community members to come out and show their appreciation for the sacrifices the members of San Diego Police Department make every day to keep our neighborhoods and families safe. It was also an opportunity to educate and inform through inspiring stories shared by members of the department.