The “aloha attitude” was present in every way at the 8th Annual ROMP Gala benefitting San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House and their mission to provide a home away from home for families with seriously ill children. The only thing missing from the island-styled event was the actual waves as the organization served up Polynesian-inspired cuisine, drinks and entertainment.
South Bay Community Services rolled out the red carpet for their spectacular That’s Hollywood gala. The event was held on the lawn at the Hotel del Coronado with breathtaking beachside views and sunset while dining under the stars. While the evening was all glitz and glamour, their cause was the true purpose of the evening, to raise support for child abuse prevention and intervention programs.
The Salk Institute recently hosted Women & Science Design and Discovery Fashion Showcase. This unique event provided a platform to communicate elements of scientific research in the form of wearable designs - a collaboration between Salk researchers and aspiring designers from San Diego Mesa College’s prestigious design program. After the fashion show, a reception where the guests were able to see the designs in an intimate setting.
A Bridge for Kids is a non-profit organization that helps underprivileged teens through a scholarship program that rewards those striving to achieve greatness, without the finances to do so. Recently they hosted their 5th Annual Casino Night, The Magic Continues, to fundraise for their programs. The event provided the best aspects of any casino including wonderful magicians, table games and delicious food.
San Diego Opera celebrated the renewed commitment to presenting Spanish-language opera – which includes Florencia En El Amazonas and Maria De Buenos Aires, and will continue for many seasons to come, most notably with the world-premiere co-commission of The Last Dream Of Frida And Diego in 2020. A reception and live performance was held to preview Florencia and to celebrate the future of Spanish-language opera in our community.
The Academy of Our Lady of Peace is an embodiment of female empowerment, making their event hosting Bethany Hamilton, known for her exceptional surfing abilities and survival of a shark attack, not only appropriate, but iconic. The entire day was filled with events which included opportunities for Q&A, photos, as well as a spiritual event with some of Bethany’s friends and the opportunity to meet her in person.
Over the years, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego signature gala An Evening of Changing Lives has helped raise significant funds to continue to change the lives of children throughout San Diego. This year, the gala featured dinner and a concert from Grammy Award Winner Gretchen Wilson.
San Diego Sockers held a celebration to give thanks to their new and returning Season Ticket Members for the exclusive Members' Meet & Greet. Guests picked up their tickets, met the players and got autographs, enjoyed great food and were the first to purchase the Sockers Supporters Apparel Collection.
For over ten years, The Westgate Hotel has partnered with international designer Zandra Rhodes for a fashion event that gives back. Guests enjoyed a luncheon by Jeanne Jones and a fashion show of the Zandra Rhodes chic Vintage Vibe with Lipstick collection. Proceeds from the luncheon benefitted the American Friends of The Zandra Rhodes Fashion and Textile Museum in London.
Supporters of MANA de San Diego attended the 21st Brindis Gala to celebrate the organization and help fundraise for their continued success. The Fire & Ice themed gala not only raised awareness about their programs but was an opportunity to show their appreciation for the continued support from proud sponsors such as Southwest Airlines.