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ABOUT THE CHARITY BALL

The Charity Ball is San Diego's oldest and most prestigious social and philanthropic event, dating back to 1909. The black tie gala is an important tradition in the lives of multiple generations of San Diego families and has raised millions of dollars over the years to help deliver quality health care to San Diego's children.

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Instituto de la Visión Dr. Méndez

Extremely well known and respected as an ophthalmologist, Dr. Antonio Méndez has steady hands, excellent experience and utilizes the latest in cutting-edge technology. Dr. Mendez founded Instituto de la Vision in 1965.

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Mark your calendars for the San Diego Food Bank's 2013 gala fundraiser, Foodtasia, which will take place at the Food Bank's Miramar Warehouse in early spring. The gala will benefit the Food Bank's "Food 4 Kids Backpack Program", which provides food to elementary school children who face hunger over the weekends, when free school meals are unavailable.

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Partnering with the San Diego Community Since 1946

For Las Patronas, the La Jolla-based organization with a 67-year tradition of service, the New Year brings renewed commitment to their mission of providing valuable community services in the areas of health, education, social services and cultural arts, through financial assistance for non-profit organizations throughout San Diego County.

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The Latino Leaders Network

The Latino Leaders Network (LLN) is a non-profit organization founded by Mickey Ibarra in 2003 and incorporated in 2006. His vision was to bring leaders together for the purpose of becoming better acquainted, supporting each other and helping our community succeed. He believed that our personal stories of obstacles overcome to achieve success had the power to inspire, re-energize, motivate and unify all of us. Understanding that there were plenty of events regarding policy and politics, Mickey set out to build a platform to honor prominent, national Latino leaders and ask them to share their personal story.

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Just thirty minutes from downtown San Diego and Tijuana, you can indulge in some of the region's best and most entertaining restaurants at Sycuan Casino. Recently, Sycuan underwent a complete renovation, including offering a larger assortment of options for your dining pleasure. Whether in the mood for excellent bar and grill fare, a myriad of buffet choices, fine dining, comfort food or just a snack, Sycuan offers many options to fit your every desire.

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Hope and belief in one another

For the past three decades, Anthony Robbins has served as an advisor to leaders around the world. In 1991, he founded a nonprofit, the Anthony Robbins Foundation which provides a number of programs aimed at fulfilling the mission of making a difference in the quality of lives for children, the homeless and hungry, the disabled, the inmate population and the elderly.

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Philanthropy in their hearts

You do not run into a special family like the Bustamante Family every day. Originally, from Tijuana, Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante along with this children Carolina, Emaluisa, Carlos, and extended family have formed their lives in this vibrant Binational region of Tijuana and San Diego. Proud to be from Tijuana, the passion they feel for a city that embraces a diverse population from Mexico that has risen above obstacles and shines while doing so. "Tijuana is perseverant, triumphant and has much to offer," Emaluisa and Veronica tell Giving Back Magazine.

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This year marks the 125th anniversary for the oldest children's non-profit in our city: the San Diego Center for Children. To commemorate this milestone, the Center for Children created a special Ambassador Program, enlisting community-minded leaders and organizations that support the Center, recognize its remarkable history and its innovative vision for the mental health and well-being of each child in San Diego.

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Great design transcends time and style

In the design and construction industry, Armando Flores has achieved many awards and been featured in numerous magazines and television shows. With more than 20 years of experience, Armando founded Charco Design & Build, an award-winning firm in Little Italy.

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