The Cygnet Theatre’s 2018 Gala, Circus under the Stars, provided guests with a whimsical evening of circus-themed fun featuring aerial performers, contortionists, and a tarot card reader. The event raised over $250,000 thanks to generous sponsors and attendees who participated in the silent auction. The funds raised will help support the organization’s Artistic, Educational and Community Engagement programs.
The Mingei International Museum is featuring the exhibit "Israel: 70 Years of Craft and Design" and to commemorate the opening, The Jewish Federation of San Diego County held a special evening to come together and celebrate Israel. The Federation is proud to share an overview of Israel’s beauty with the entire San Diego community and to do so in partnership with The House of Israel and the Mingei International Museum.
On June 30, San Ysidro Health will host Monte Carlo: A Night to Remember gala when The Hilton San Diego Bayfront will be transformed into an elegant Monte Carlo Casino. To kick off the upcoming gala they hosted a celebration at a private home in La Jolla to thank their supporters. The evening will evoke the era of James Bond and Princess Grace, providing guests a memorable experience for a worthy cause: to continue to provide essential high-quality health services to vulnerable families.
As part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year philanthropic competition, Dr. Irene May-Ling Hutchins, hematologist and oncologist, and her patient, Steve Valentine have formed the Dancers vs Cancer Team. Their team’s goal is to raise as much funds as possible, and in addition to a series of receptions throughout San Diego and Los Angeles, the highlight of the campaign was their Champion Ballroom Dance fundraiser that was held at Mary Murphy’s Champion Ballroom Academy.
Salk Institute launched a new initiative called Conquering Cancer to harness specific and emerging scientific strategies to tackle the five deadliest cancers: pancreatic, ovarian, lung, brain and triple-negative breast. Former Vice President Joe Biden delivered the keynote address, with fellow former Vice President Al Gore in attendance. “Cancer research comes with its own complex mazes to navigate. That is what this Institute has been so successful at for decades - at taking on the big challenges and delivering new breakthroughs,” Biden said during his keynote.
The Albion 12 Foundation presented an evening by the bay with delicious cocktails and dinner at their Shoot for the Stars event. The evenings’ goal was to help youth athletes succeed and unite those committed to local athletics. The programs championed by the organization not only include financial assistance and scholarships but those focused on leadership, philanthropy, and community.
Monarch School raised over $1 million at their annual fundraiser, Building Bright Futures, to support education and support services for students experiencing homelessness. Event co-chairs Tracy and Trevor Hoffman helped inspire nearly 400 guests and 40 sponsors to surpass a fundraising goal of $500,000. Major support was provided by Presenting Sponsor Major League Baseball along with an Honorary Committee including influential local leaders in education, business, sports and philanthropy.
In support of hundreds of children and parents who benefit from their services, Father Joe’s Villages held their 34th Annual Children’s Charity Gala. The Up, Up & Away themed gala honored those who have been fundamental in helping them change lives including Franklin Antonio, Cathedral Catholic High School, St. Augustine High School, and James Mulvaney, Sr. and the Mulvaney Family.
The Fleet Science Center brought the famous MythBusters to San Diego with the MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition which recently opened in Balboa Park. Featuring live demonstrations, some of the show’s momentous experiments, and the opportunity to put some of the greatest myths to the test, fans were wowed by all that the new immersive experience had to offer. The shows new hosts were on hand to meet fans and personally. Remember, kids, the only difference between messing around and science is writing it down!
The Academy of Our Lady of Peace celebrated its rich 135-year history with their 33rd Annual Gala and Auction: Soir en Noir et Blanc. The black and white event exuded grace and elegance with a night of exquisite beverages and dining. Proceeds of the event supported the school’s tradition of educating girls in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and raised funds for their incredible students and programs.