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.
Patrons of the Prado held the unveiling of the 2018 Masterpiece Gala at the Mingei International Museum. The dedicated committee also handed out the checks to 10 extraordinary entities on the Prado in Balboa Park for which they raised funds from this past year! Save the date for July 7, 2018 for Masquerade in the Park!
The University of San Diego’s Founders Gala represented two great causes this year, the Founders Endowed Scholarship Fund and a new, endowed scholarship fund for USD student veterans. The momentous occasion was celebrated by guests dressed elegantly while enjoying the Swarovski Sparkle Station, dinner and inspiring speeches. This elegant event is held every other year and brings together alumni, parents, trustees and friends in the spirit of philanthropy.
Animal shelters across the county teamed up with NBC and Telemundo stations to find loving homes for pets in need. Fees were waived at the third annual Clear the Shelters event, a nationwide pet adoption initiative with had local participation from San Diego Humane Society, Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego, San Diego House Rabbit Society and more.