The Jewels of San Diego black-tie gala at The Grand Del Mar raised money to benefit The Arc of San Diego, which serves more than 2,500 adults and children with disabilities. The Broadway-themed event included a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing.
Gala co-chairs Mike and Martha McKinnon and Conrad T. Prebys and Debbie Turner presented a celebration worthy of the opening of state-of-the-art Prebys Cardiovascular Institute. Guests toured the facility on the Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla campus and had an opportunity to contribute to the institute and its programs during a live auction. William Close performed on one of his Earth Harps during the reception and on a larger Earth Harp during dinner in an elaborately staged tent. Andrew Spurgin catered the dinner for 900.
The San Diego Chapter of the American Heart Association held its annual Go Red for Women luncheon at Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. The event included a silent auction and entertainment by aerialist Tania Holt and Company. During the luncheon, Stacey Buchholtz related her personal story of suffering a massive heart attack. This year’s honorees were Ronne Froman Blue, Karen Cohn, Gaby Sulpizio, Sally Thornton and Dixie Unruh.
Rusti Bartell Weiss chaired the Women’s Auxiliary of Seacrest Village Retirement Communities’ 37th annual gala at Hyatt Regency La Jolla. The Emerald City-themed event included a cocktail reception, live auction, dinner and music by the Eve Selis Band. Part of the auxiliary’s goal was to raise funds to purchase 60 medical-surgical beds for the Joseph & Dorothy Goldberg Healthcare Center.
The Rancho Santa Fe Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary held its Circus Nights Gala at The Grand Del Mar. Entertainment was provided by iL CiRCo troupe, whose theatrical performance fuses acrobatics with French-Canadian circus arts. The gala also included silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. Proceeds benefit the Resuscitation Room Project of the Sam S. and Rose Stein Emergency Care Center.
St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, which serves adults with developmental disabilities, held a Tea by the Sea at The Marine Room in La Jolla to benefit its culinary arts program. The high-tide afternoon event included a silent auction and gourmet lunch in the restaurant that sits right on the beach.
San Diego Opera toasted its 50th anniversary with celebrations before and after the opening night of La Bohème. Both events were held at The U.S. Grant hotel and included hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. San Diego Opera presented its first staging of Puccini’s classic in 1965 when the San Diego Civic Theatre was newly opened. The company will celebrate its anniversary with a concert at Copley Symphony Hall on April 18 and 19.
Las Patronas presented checks totaling about $400,000 to major beneficiaries of its 2014 Jewel Ball at a celebration dinner at Estancia La Jolla Hotel: Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, La Jolla Playhouse, Mission Valley YMCA, Parkinson’s Association of San Diego, Pro Kids Golf Academy: The First Tee of San Diego, Promises2Kids, San Diego BloodBank, San Diego Junior Theatre, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Tradition One.
Thompson Building Materials helped raise funds for Rady Children’s Hospital with a live auction of Christmas trees decorated by top San Diego designers. The outdoor display of trees was accompanied by a bar and hors d’oeuvres, including flatbreads fresh from an outdoor pizza oven, and a visit from Santa. Inside, guests explored Thompson Building Materials’ vignettes, bid on silent auction items and enjoyed cookies and other sweets. All proceeds went to Rady.
The San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers celebrated the holiday season at Nativa Interiors in La Jolla and took the opportunity to announce the association’s 2014 merit award winners: Hope Worthan, Scott Newhan and Kerry Nelson. Eighty-five designers, industry partners, students and guests attended the festivities.
More than 400 guests attended St. Germaine Children’s Charity’s 31st annual Silver Tea at a private estate in La Jolla. The event included a silent auction and display of small holiday trees designed by La Jolla merchants. Almost $120,000 was raised to support the nonprofit’s mission to stop child abuse and neglect in San Diego.
Black whale Lighting in Encinitas presented "The Art of Lighting" offering continuing education credits for designers and architects. The session was followed by a party with hors d'oeuvres and wine.
Mia Cucina in La Jolla hosted a reception celebrating San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles' 2014 Chefs Hall of Fame inductees. Guests enjoyed hor d'oeuvres, wine and trays of sweets while exploring kitchen vignettes. Mia Cucina is known for fine Italian cabinetry, wall units and closets.
Rancho Santa Fe Motor Club & Storage provided its 20,000-square-foot showroom for the Black Tie Brawl fundraiser to benefit the My Life My Power Foundation and the Dear Jack Foundation.