The 44th Annual National Philanthropy Day recognized seven honorees that have made a significant impact through volunteerism and charity efforts. The astounding generosity of community members is something that the Association of Fundraising Professionals San Diego Chapter has made it their purpose to recognize with this sophisticated event that captured the grace and importance of the honorees. Many of Giving Back Magazine’s partners were in attendance!
Guests came together at the San Diego Air and Space Museum for the 2016 “Legends of the Flight” Hall of Fame Gala, an important evening for those of the air and space community. The gala paid tribute to the accomplishments of several honorees and aviation legends R. A. "Bob" Hoover, Bill Gibbs and Steve Pisanos. The elegant event was a night to remember for all in attendance.
The first local hospital of its kind, the new SIMNSA Binational Medical Center being built in Tijuana will meet the needs of those living on both sides of the border. The ground breaking ceremony, which also shared the plans for the hospital and emphasized its significance as a community resource, was attended by those heading the project and influential community members. This new world-class facility will be a global destination for medical tourism creating facilities unlike any seen before in our region.
Threads, the well-known and respected interior design and home décor store, hosted its first annual Holiday Bazaar for a morning of shopping and delicious breakfast favorites. Brenda Gold and her team, which specializes in customized pieces, luxurious fabrics and leather, invited local merchants to feature their unique products at the multi-vendor bazaar. Guests enjoyed browsing jewelry designers, luxurious handbags, and more, all of which were a hit with shoppers.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Kenneth T. and Eileen Norris Foundation and efforts of USO San Diego, the Norris Support Center for Military Families officially opened. The ribbon cutting ceremony featured moving speeches and tours of the new facility which will be a valuable resource to many in our military community.
Handcrafted gifts, homemade food, and a fashion show! Locals got to a chance to get a leg up on their holiday shopping for their friends and family at lovely event where many picked up unique gifts. The expo featured local designers and shop owners giving them an opportunity to meet new customers.
Since 1909, The Charity Ball has been an integral part of the philanthropic and social fabric of San Diego. On February 11, the 108th Anniversary Charity Ball "For the Love of a Child" will be held at the Hotel del Coronado and will benefit Rady Children's Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Past Charity Ball Chairmen came together at a Holiday Tea under the leadership of this year’s Chairman, Phyllis Parrish.
Attendees savored festive cocktails and delicious food as they toured the grand gingerbread house displays that decked the halls of the Fairmont Grand Del Mar for the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego’s Gingerbread City. The holiday event raised awareness and held an auction to generate funds for their programs supporting those living with epilepsy.
To celebrate FACE’s 10 Year Anniversary and 1500th pet saved, FACE Foundation hosted a special screening of The Champions, produced by Best Friends Animal Society. FACE hosted this San Diego movie premiere which included complimentary appetizers and drinks and a Q&A session.
Chula Vista celebrated the holiday season with its yearly festive nighttime parade. This year, they honored the Olympic and Paralympic athletes who train at the Olympic Training Center. Mercedes-Benz of El Cajon was proud to supply the automobiles for the Grand Marshals, the athletes and elected officials who were driven down Third Avenue.