An elegant event, the 5th annual Day of Joy, or Día de Alegría, recognized the contributions of “Latinas y Amigas” who have helped support and promote the goals of San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House. The organization will receive 100 percent of the proceeds which will provide crucial resources including lodging and meals to families with critically ill or injured children. Hosted at the Westgate Hotel and chaired by Esther Rodriguez and Co-Publisher Danitza Villanueva, this annual tradition is where the most philanthropic and elegant women can be found enjoying a wonderful luncheon.
The 2017 Heart & Soul Gala was a resounding success. With an incredible matching gift from Evelyn and Ernest Rady, Jewish Family Service raised more than $1,100,000 for thousands of individuals and families in need. Since 1918, Jewish Family Service is a client-centered, impact-driven organization working to build a stronger, healthier, more resilient San Diego.
San Diego Crew Classic Inc hosted the 44th San Diego Crew Classic in Mission Bay on a beautiful spring day. Spectators from around the world participated in two fun-filled days of rowing featuring the nation's top collegiate, junior, masters and elite crews. All eight, let it run!
An exquisite kickoff for the "Black, White & Bling Bash" to benefit San Ysidro Health Center coming June 24 at the Hotel Del Coronado was held in La Jolla. Guests enjoyed seeing art pieces created by Alexander Salazar while enjoying food from Chef Flor Franco, and wines from Valle de Guadalupe. A caring and committed group of people led by Pat Salas, Dr. Mani, Yolanda S. Walther-Meade and Andie Ezquerro are coming together to ensure continued access to healthcare for underserved patients.
Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Northwest recently celebrated 54 years of tireless efforts to educate, advocate, and care for health rights. The anniversary dinner emphasized the importance of maintaining their mission and necessary funding while also making sure to thank those who have continuously supported the important cause that is healing women across the region and the country.
The 29th Annual Peacemakers Awards presented by the National Conflict Resolution Center recognized those who have made a significant impact in the community with their efforts. The organization’s Galinson Campus Civility Project emphasizes the power of conflict resolution by teaching our nation’s future leaders the value of civil, inclusive communication to diffuse disputes.
Volunteers of America Southwest recently celebrated an incredible milestone, their 121st anniversary! In addition to recognizing those involved in the organization for their hard work and dedication, special awards were also presented to two honorees. The Founder’s Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service was dedicated to Jim Mulvaney Jr. and the Founder’s Award for Distinguished Corporate Social Responsibility to Ausgar Technologies.
The Jazz Age was brought back to life for a remarkable evening supporting the Cygnet Theatre. Guests reveled in prohibition cocktails, spectacular music and breathtaking clothing at the Theatre’s 2017 Gala, Gin & Jazz: An Evening of Indulgence. This unique event swept guests away into an experience they will never forget. All proceeds from sponsorships, tickets, and live and silent auction sales support the work of Cygnet Theatre.
Local non-profit, Home Start, Inc., held their 45th Anniversary Blue Ribbon Gala in honor of Child Abuse Prevent Month and to recognize Junior League of San Diego as their Outstanding Community Partner Organization for 2017. The spectacular circus themed event wowed guests while also raising awareness for this issue affecting many San Diegans and generating further support for their efforts.
Known for their creative flair on giving back, The GOLD Diggers’ Hats Off to San Diego provided funding to thirteen local non-profits through the creation and celebration of elaborate hats. While two organizations were selected as honored beneficiaries, the other eleven were awarded based on their one-of-a-kind hats entered into the contest.