Food Bank

It doesn’t get better than a renowned chef expertly crafting an extravagant dinner for you and your friends does it? At the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank 5th Annual Gala, Cheers to 40 Years, A Ruby Celebration, guests received just that while also helping fund the organization’s hunger-relief programs which help local families and individuals in need. The elegant affair took place in the organization’s 80,000 square foot warehouse that was beautifully decorated for the evening.

Papa Demolition

Exciting times are ahead for both the Navy and the City of San Diego. As demolition begins on the Navy Broadway Complex, a grand project is given life. The Manchester Pacific Gateway, spearheaded by visionary Papa Doug Manchester, will dramatically change the waterfront and downtown areas with retail, hospitality, dining, and office spaces that are unlike any we have seen before. The commencement of demolition was celebrated with jackhammers, heavy equipment and a Navy Band playing while guests cheered on.

Frank Hospital

Newborn healthcare presents a financial and emotional hardship for many families in Tijuana. Miracle Babies Mexico, with the tireless help of Frank Carrillo leading the way, has established a newborn operating room at the General Hospital of Tijuana as part of the “Sick Child” project, providing much-needed assistance to children with congenital conditions. To celebrate the new resource, a ribbon cutting and an inauguration attended by esteemed guests celebrated this new resource for the people of Tijuana.

Dinner With Friends

Families with children suffering from life-threatening illnesses need all the support they can receive. Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego raises the money needed for this goal through events such as the 6th Annual Dinner with Friends. Guests enjoyed a fabulous dinner, tour of the facilities, and entertainment while raising funds for families in need through a lively auction, silent auction and raffle.

Arc Wildside

A perfect of balance of doing good and having a good time, the Walk on the Wild Side themed The Jewels of San Diego 2017 Gala benefitted The Arc of San Diego. Honorary Chairs Phyllis and John Parrish alongside Joye Blount & Jessie J. Knight, Jr, Geniya & Papa Doug Manchester and more helped raise funds to support programs that make a difference in the lives of 2,500 children and adults with disabilities.

Sd Center For Children

Co-Chairs, Sue Kalish, Sally Oxley, Doreen Schonbrun and Gwynn Thomas, along with the entire Event Committee celebrated the 130th Anniversary of the San Diego Center for Children hosting an extraordinary event! Cocktails, silent and live auction and three-course dinner all a part of this wonderful night of celebration. The night helped raise funds to provide therapeutic, educational, foster care and transition services to children and families struggling with mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.

Lynch Foundation

Lynch Foundation for Children is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the fight to prevent child sex trafficking. Honorary chairs Mayor Kevin Faulconer, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Sheriff Bill Gore, and Chief Deputy D.A. Summer Stephan along with San Diego’s best and brightest business, community, and philanthropic leaders joined in the inaugural benefit dinner presented by Sycuan and Hornblower Cruises and Events.


Recently unveiled, Fernando Botero’s latest exhibition the Via Crucis, or Stations of the Cross, gave his admirers a lot to think about. The series of paintings featured classically recognized scenes and religious concepts with a modern twist. The thoughtful pieces on exhibit at the Cecut in Tijuana brought to light his artistic view on the state of religion through time and its place in our society today.

Women In Science

“Inspiring Women to Lead: Why it matters to science, technology, and business” was recently hosted as part of the Salk Institute’s Women in Science series. Hosted by President of the Salk Institute Elizabeth Blackburn, a panel discussion of accomplished women in the fields of life sciences, research and technology shared their experience and challenges.

Giving Circle

A tiered system of donor participation, Giving Circles, allows contributors to choose their level of giving with a monthly or annual membership. This provides substantial aid to families at the San Diego Ronald McDonald House including food and shelter that is greatly needed and appreciated during their child’s medical crisis. To celebrate this important group of donors, Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego organized a wonderful evening reception.

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