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“Giving Hearts” Gala


“Giving Hearts” Gala

February 2, 2018 | Fairbanks Ranch Country Club

The Country Friends presents its first ever “Giving Hearts” dinner and dance, featuring a Champagne reception, three-course dinner with fine wine, dessert and dancing. The gala celebrates charities chosen for funding in 2018. Those agencies applied for grants last year, and were carefully vetted by The Country Friends Board of Directors through extensive site visits, interviews, and questionnaires. Since its founding in 1954, The Country Friends has awarded more than $13 million to San Diego County-based charities, with special emphasis on those that aid women, children, the elderly and disabled.

“Our first time ‘Giving Hearts’ Gala is a tribute to the many charities that have helped thousands of San Diegans over the past year,” says Deb Cross, the President of The Country Friends. “It is our way of honoring them for their hard work and dedication. They represent the true heart of our community.”

The Country Friends will roll out the red carpet for this year’s honorees and guests, featuring a “meet and greet” with celebrity impersonator Eileen Finney, portraying the late comedian Joan Rivers. Trained by Rivers herself, Finney won the “Joan Rivers Look-a-Like” contest on Rivers’ show and would often surprise the comedian on national television programs. Adding to the festivities at the “Giving Hearts” Gala, waiters will pass Champagne and hors d’oeuvres as photographers snap pictures. A three-course dinner follows, including Belgian endive and arugula salad, center cut filet, and gulf prawns.

Ranch & Coast Magazine’s Andrea Naversen, a member of The Country Friends Board of Directors, serves as emcee. She will announce the “TCF Chosen Charities” during a formal presentation after dinner. The evening concludes with dessert and dancing in the Sunset Terrace.

Proceeds from the event will benefit The Country Friends Legacy Campaign, kicked off three years ago with the goal of establishing a $1 million endowment fund to help even more human care agencies in the years to come. Chaired by Les Cross, the campaign will enable The Country Friends to operate more efficiently, reduce expenses and increase the funds donated to its chosen charities. To date, more than 100 honorees have contributed time, talent and funds to the legacy campaign. Tickets to the “Giving Hearts” dinner and dance are $250 each. Seating is limited. 858.756.1192, ext. 4, thecountryfriends.org

“Giving Hearts” Gala
Les and Deb Cross

Photo by Bob Stefanko


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