As January is Human Trafficking Awareness month, the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition hosted their 7th Annual Freedom Breakfast. The breakfast is an opportunity to honor community leaders who have dedicated themselves to the fight against human trafficking. It was also an opportunity to learn more about the state of human trafficking in San Diego and how to get involved.
A historic celebration held at the Casa Baloyán Winery exhibited the historic grace, comradery, and heritage of the young women who have attended the Academy of Our Lady of Peace. For over a century the Academy has educated women from both sides of the border Mexico. Guests at The Cross Border Family Celebration included alumni, current students, parents and many young women who hope to be OLP students of the future.
The Jewish Federation of San Diego County seeks to celebrate and empower women, and those of the Jewish community in particular. This goal is achieved every year at their OPTIONS -The Women’s Event. While a primary function of the event was raising funds for their organizational goals, it also served to build relationships within the community and inspire those in attendance.
Enabling kids to learn about finances and running a business are invaluable keys to success. Casino Night raised funds to allow Junior Achievement to bring programs to over 75,000 students a year. While the event’s goal is to fundraise, that doesn’t mean it isn’t all fun and games, winners of Black Jack, Roulette, Poker, and more won fabulous gifts!
A four-year-old girl’s wish was granted when Tijuana’s MediExcel nominated her to Make-A-Wish. Her greatest wish came true through the surprise princess party of her dreams. Make-A-Wish of San Diego grants wishes of thousands of children with life-threatening medical conditions each year. The power of making these dreams come true is in the happiness it brings to the families.
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.