With a flair for elegance, the Patrons of the Prado hosted their 2018 Masterpiece Gala with the perfectly suited theme, Masquerade in the Park. In addition to celebrating arts and culture, the event was a fundraising success for the Institutions and Museums of the Prado. Elegantly dressed guests reveled under the starlit sky while also making their impact through generous contributions.
Always a memorable wine-centric event, the University of San Diego’s 2018 Wine Classic celebrated its 10th anniversary. Hundreds of wine aficionados enjoyed bold flavors from wineries owned by the school’s alumni, parents and friends. With the funds from this year's event, the Wine Classic has raised more than $500,000 for the Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund.
A new residential experience was presented at the Pacific Gate Open House Event. Attendees had the opportunity to view firsthand the Super Prime Building in Downtown San Diego. From the landscaped motor court and street-level pedestrian entrance which are the epitome of convenience, to the lavish resident’s lounge and the relaxing pool terrace, residents and their guests were treated to a unique afternoon with never ending views of the bay and city.
Recognizing the achievements of alumni is a special tradition at University of San Diego. At their 2018 Alumni Honors ceremony, they awarded several individuals who have achieved momentous accomplishments including Sister Virginia Rodee, Tracy Reines, Sue Snyder, John Della Volpe, Dr. Cindy Steckel, Eleonora-Markella Mantika, William “Bill” Brennan, Vickie E. Turner, Esq., Catherine “Caity” S. Riddle Meader and Rasheed Behrooznia.
The FACE Foundation is devoted to helping animals in need and their 8th Annual Bags & Baubles silent auction allowed fellow animal lovers to support a great cause. The event held at a beautiful home in Rancho Santa Fe allowed guests to shop for some new favorite accessories including handbags, jewelry, sunglasses and more. Proceeds from the event helped furry friends requiring emergency care receive the veterinary treatment they need.
USO San Diego celebrated their anniversary at the 77th Stars and Stripes Celebration. The spellbinding and colorful event also featured performances by the amazing two-time Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, live painter and singer Joe Everson, and a speech by veteran Rob Jones. The event raised over $1,050,000 to support for services for the Armed Forces, Healing Heroes, and their families- their most successful gala ever.
Jewish Community Foundation San Diego hosted a kosher brunch at the Mingei International Museum as part of their Community-Wide Legacy Donor Appreciation Event. After a brief presentation, guests were welcomed to explore the new exhibition; Israel: 70 Years of Craft and Design which offers a rare look into Jewish culture featuring 120 original pieces loaned from museums, private collections, and artists from Israel.
Life Perspectives is an organization that helps individuals and families overcome the difficult times they face due to a miscarriage or abortion. They provide life-changings resources, tools and training to assist those affected by these reproductive issues and their family members to help them cope with their grief. Recently, they hosted an evening of inspiration at the Prado in Balboa Park where they welcomed special guest Bishop Dolan.
Recognizing those who give back to the community is important to not only acknowledge their contributions, but to inspire others. The Malin Burnham Awards organized by Reality Changers does just that by honoring those within the San Diego community who have created positive change by helping others. Voted by the community, awards included categories such as most-admired business, public figure, and education-provider, among many more.
Raising over $340,000 for Voices for Children’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program, the 7th annual Wine Women & Shoes was a momentous success. Above and beyond the philanthropic feat, the afternoon was fun-filled including a fashion show and marketplace along with exciting prizes such as a “Key to the Closet” and select bottles of wine.