Gingerbread City

December Gala Guide

Silver Tea

December 3, 2019 | Private La Jolla home

For more than 35 years, St. Germaine Children’s Charity has paved the way for a safer world for young children and vulnerable youth. In 2018, the nonprofit raised $125,000, bringing the total to nearly $4.9 million in support of local San Diego agencies who work on child abuse prevention since its inception. The organization’s goal this year is to double its funding. St. Germaine Children’s Charity will celebrate its 36th Annual Silver Tea, its signature fundraising event. Co-chaired by Bill and Dawn Davidson, the elegant afternoon will be held at a private estate in La Jolla. More than 300 guests will come together to enjoy friends, festive décor, refreshments, a silent auction, and of course, tea. Proceeds will fund local child abuse prevention and treatment programs in San Diego County. 858.454.1211, stgermainechildrenscharity.org/2019-silver-tea

 

Silver Tea

Dawn and Bill Davidson

 

 

Gingerbread City

December 3, 2019 | Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine

Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County celebrates its 26th year of Gingerbread City Gala on Giving Tuesday. Guests will be mesmerized by masterpiece gingerbread structures created by culinary artists for this year’s theme, “Superheroes.” Join honorary hosts Padres pitcher Kirby Yates and his wife, Ashlee, for a spectacular epilepsy awareness event to support the programs and services provided to individuals with seizure disorders by the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County. Enjoy delectable chefs’ tastings from The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Sushi on a Roll, Cusp Dining & Drinks, The Great Maple, Zafferano Catering, HS Catering, and more. There will be exciting auctions and the largest nationally recognized gingerbread structure competition on the West Coast showcasing creations by San Diego’s leading chefs, artists and designers. 619.296.0161, epilepsysandiego.org

Gingerbread City

 


Winter Wonderland Fashion Show & Luncheon

December 5, 2019 | The U.S. Grant Hotel

The Arc of San Diego debuts a new philanthropic event taking place this holiday season. Presented by Leonard Simpson & Fashion Forward, Winter Wonderland features a silent auction, luncheon, and fashion show to directly benefit life-changing programs at The Arc of San Diego serving people with disabilities. The event is chaired by Maria Stanley and Cici Stanley; the honorary committee is chaired by Evelyn Barandiaran and co-chaired by Mariel Filippone and Malissa Sanfilippo, with Conservation Ambassadors Joan Embery and Duane Pillsbury also lending their support. Winter Wonderland is made possible through the generous support of presenting sponsors Dr. Howard and Barbara Milstein. 619.685.1175, arcsd.com/winterwonderland

 

Tea3 Jingle Karaoke Challenge

December 7, 2019 | The Bassmnt

The Tea3 Foundation presents its inaugural Jingle Karaoke Challenge from 4:30-8:30pm. Proceeds will fund lifesaving, cutting-edge cancer treatment for up to 20 children, partnering with the COP-CureMatch DNA Pilot Fund, a restricted fund at the Tijuana-based Center for Oncology in Pediatrics Foundation. “Tea 3 Foundation is honored to collaborate with these prestigious organizations to advance lifesaving genomic decoding procedures for children facing cancer,” says Sandra den Ujil, president of the Board of Directors of the foundation. tea3foundation.org

Tea3 Jingle Karaoke Challenge

 

 

Candlelight Ball

December 7, 2019 | Fairmont Grand Del Mar

The Scripps Health Foundation will continue a cherished holiday tradition when it hosts the 90th annual Candlelight Ball to help fund new facilities at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Providing quality clinical and surgical services since 1924, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla offers an intensive care unit, cancer care, orthopedic services, as well as women’s health care, including OB-GYN and labor and delivery services. Scripps is also at the forefront of clinical research. The Candlelight Ball will begin with a cocktail reception at 6pm followed by dinner and dancing. 858.678.7174, scrippshf.ejoinme.org/candlelightball2019

Candlelight Ball

 

 

Jingle & Mingle

December 10, 2019 | Del Mar Fairgrounds Grandstand

Help make spirits bright for families in need during Community Resource Center’s “Season of Hope.” Join CRC for this festive fundraiser featuring behind-the-scenes tours of the organization’s 37th Annual Holiday Baskets with music by DJ Darchon, food and drink, opportunity prizes, and more. Over the last 40 years, CRC has grown from providing basic needs for families in crisis to offering extensive programs that facilitate the safety, stability, and self-sufficiency of low-income and episodically homeless households, including domestic violence victims. crcncc.org

Jingle Mingle

 

Holiday Tea

December 11, 2019 | Fairbanks Ranch Country Club

The Country Friends presents the 24th annual Holiday Tea. Enjoy a two-course luncheon with dessert buffet, fantastic boutique shopping with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, and fabulous opportunity prizes. This year’s Holiday Tea hospitality directors are Erika Fetter and Becky LeBret. Proceeds support the nonprofit’s mission of supporting human care agencies with emphasis on those providing services to women, children, the elderly, military, and persons with disabilities in San Diego County. 858.756.1192, thecountryfriends.org

Holiday Tea

Elaine Becerra and Erika Fetter

 


Paul Ecke, Jr. Poinsettia Ball

December 14, 2019 | Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA

The Poinsettia Ball rings in its 29th year of black tie festivities in the spirit of the giving season to benefit North County Coastal youth, families, and seniors in need. The Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA and The Paul Ecke, Jr. Poinsettia Ball Committee are striving to raise $200,000 for community outreach and YMCA scholarship opportunities. This year’s event will include an honorary toast for Paul Ecke, Jr.’s birthday. Paul was a founding member of the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA, which was later named in honor of his mother, Magdalena. The gala’s namesake followed Paul’s passing in 2002 and is an annual tradition of continuing his spirit for supporting the community. This year, the event date coincides with what would have been his 94th birthday. Guests will experience holiday merriment while enjoying fine cuisine by Culinary Concepts, dancing and live entertainment by NRG Music & Productions, and bidding on luxurious auction items. ymca.org/poinsettia-ball

Paul Ecke, Jr. Poinsettia Ball

David Meyer, Lizbeth Ecke, Julie Hampton and Paul Ecke, III

 

Season of Giving Gala

December 14, 2019 | The Ballroom at CSUSM

The North County Food Bank will host its second annual Season of Giving Gala. Presented by the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, the evening event will raise vital funds to support the organization’s hunger-relief programs including the Food Bank’s new Diaper to Degree program, which provides vital food, emergency diapers, and resources to families and youth living in poverty in our community. The gala will include an opening reception with live, seasonal music, silent and live auctions, and an elegant dinner, followed by live entertainment and dancing. Co-chairs are Molly Addington and Katherine Zimmer. northcountyfoodbank.org/gala  

North County Food Bank

Bo Mazzetti, Molly Addington, Lisa Remillard, and Food Bank CEO Jim Floros

 


Tea by the Sea

January 18, 2020 | The Marine Room

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center presents its annual Tea by the Sea, featuring an arrangement of delectable food paired with beautiful oceanfront views to benefit SMSC’s art program. During the event, guests will be treated to complimentary Champagne, a signature cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, live music, and a visit from The Marine Room’s Executive Chef Bernard Guillas. St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center is a nonprofit organization that serves more than 400 adults with developmental disabilities through nationally recognized, innovative programs. Its mission is to educate and empower individuals with developmental disabilities to realize their full potential. 619.4425129 ext. 352, stmsc.org

Tea by the Sea

 

A Night in the Woods

January 25, 2020 | The Pendry Hotel

San Diego Opera presents “A Night in the Woods,” the company’s 2020 Opera Lover’s Ball that will enchant and entertain while honoring the charitable contributions of Carol Lazier. The evening begins with a private performance by world-renowned opera star Patricia Racette in the Oxford Social Club within The Pendry Hotel. Racette has sung leading roles at the major houses of the world including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera House, La Scala, and Paris Opera, to name but a few. Following the performance, guests will move to the Grand Ballroom for dinner, the program, and dancing to The Mighty Untouchables. Chaired by SDO Chair of the Board, Sarah B. Marsh-Rebelo, the elegant affair is inspired by the company’s upcoming production of Hansel and Gretel. Host committee members include Candace Carroll, Joann Clark, Joyce M. Gattis, Phyllis Harris, Joan Henkelmann, Evelyn Lamden, Veronica Leff, Diana Lombrozo, Zandra Rhodes, Linda Spuck, Maria Stanley, Susan Ulevitch, Armi Williams, and Sara Zaknoen. sdopera.org/opera-ball

A Night in the Woods

Opera Ball 2020 honoree Carol Lazier

 

Holiday Tea: Photo by Jennifer Nelson     Tea by the Sea: Photo by Doug Gates     Opera Ball: Photo by Katarzyna Woronowicz