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November Gala Guide


Bubble Up Gala

November 2 | US Grant Hotel in Downtown San Diego
Ocean Discovery Institute will celebrate its 19th annual fundraiser to raise money for education and mentorship of young people living in City Heights, an underserved San Diego community. Attendees will mingle during the hosted cocktail hour and have an opportunity to talk to alumni of the organization’s programs. The banquet dinner will feature student performances and inspiring presentations by people who have been positively impacted by the organization. Ocean Discovery Institute provides tuition-free opportunities to children from City Heights by using ocean science to teach all principles of STEM and mentoring students through their entire development from K to career. oceandiscoveryinstitute.org



Hands Across Borders

November 2 | Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
Project Concern International has selected Julie Tafel Klaus as this year’s recipient of the Anne Otterson Community Connector Award. An avid traveler, Tafel Klaus has crossed the globe to visit PCI’s programs in India, Guatemala, and Zambia, seeking to understand the issues facing women, children, and families and to support the most vulnerable communities around the world. PCI’s 2019 gala will highlight efforts to ensure women and girls worldwide have the chance to lead safe, healthy, and productive lives. In San Diego, PCI partners with the District Attorney’s office and school districts to teach students and school communities how to recognize and report the signs of human trafficking while empowering them to make choices that increase their safety and resilience. PCI’s programs increase access to education, economic opportunity, life skills training, proper nutrition, and health care for women, girls, and their families in 15 countries around the world. bidpal.net/pcihands, emurphy@pciglobal.org

Julie Tafel Klaus



Masquerade Ball

November 2 | San Diego Natural History Museum
The Junior League of San Diego presents its fourth annual gala, a masquerade ball, from 6:30-10:30pm. Guests will enjoy a special evening of dinner, music, dancing, silent and live auctions, and an opportunity to buy a key to unlock a special wine vault to win the bottle inside. Funds raised will support JLSD’s mission-based programs for San Diego’s transition-age foster youth community, assist San Diego County partners to reduce human trafficking, and help to train women to become effective community leaders and advocates for social change within our San Diego communities. At the gala, attendees will dine beneath a 40-foot Megalodon shark replica in the Sefton Atrium, a stunning space with a four-story translucent ceiling and granite floor. JLSD will also honor an outstanding member of our community for his/her work toward positive change and demonstration of JLSD’s core values in our community with the Spirit of Community Award. jlsd.org/gala



Noche de Gala

November 2 | Hotel del Coronado
Corazon de Vida Foundation is celebrating its 25th “anniversary of changing lives from the heart” during its annual Noche de Gala event. Since 1994, the Corazon de Vida Foundation has garnered national attention because of its simple mission: to raise contributions in the form of money, materials, and volunteer work to support and empower the orphaned and abandoned children of Baja, Mexico. CDV funds more than ten orphanages that serve hundreds of children in the northern part of Baja. CDV’s Continuing Education program boasts 40+ students — previous orphanage residents — in local universities and trade schools. The evening will feature a Champagne reception, mezcal and Baja wine tastings, a delicious dinner, DJ music, and dancing. There will also be fantastic live and silent auctions that will include vacations, incredible experiences, dinner certificates, sporting events, and more. ndg.givesmart.com, corazondevida.org



Zandra Rhodes Fashion Luncheon

November 7 | The Westgate Hotel
Celebrating the 20th annual fashion luncheon at The Westgate Hotel, international fashion designer Zandra Rhodes returns to present her Golden Hour collection. Guests will be treated with a Champagne welcome reception and pre-show book signing, a three-course luncheon prepared by Executive Chef Fabrice Hardel, and a fashion show celebrating Rhodes’ 50th anniversary in fashion and design. westgatehotel.com/zandra-rhodes-fashion-show


Zandra Rhodes circa 1977



Bet on Cures

November 9 | Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Join the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation during opening weekend of the Del Mar fall racing season. This exciting event brings together San Diego community members and businesses for an afternoon in the private Il Palio room on the sixth floor of the club side overlooking the finish line. Guests will enjoy a hosted bar, food, live auction, ultimate roulette raffle, casino-style games, private betting window, and a handicapper to explain how to place a bet for the rookies. Proceeds will support the nonprofit’s efforts to find cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. 619.497.1300, ext. 4, boc19.givesmart.com


Studio 200 Gala

November 9 | The New Children’s Museum
Known for its innovative and out-of-this-world fundraising events, The New Children’s Museum annual gala will be themed “Studio 200: Into the Future.” The arts-based children’s museum has earned a reputation for throwing galas unlike any others in town, where they showcase their unique blend of creativity with themed food, drinks, music, and entertainment. This year’s gala co-chairs include Chanelle Hawken, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for Cox Communications California; Pamela Pendrell, Chief Compliance Officer for GlobeFlex Capital and member of the museum’s Board of Directors; and Cami Rosso, community leader, freelance writer, model, and runner. Studio 200: Into the Future will feature live entertainment by BetaMAXX, as well as a comprehensive silent auction. thinkplaycreate.org/studio200


Studio 200 Gala
Chanelle Hawken, Pamela Pendrell, and Cami Rosso



Solutions For Change20th Anniversary Dinner

November 9 | St. Mark Golf Club
Solutions for Change will celebrate two decades of transforming lives at its 20th anniversary dinner, which will feature an announcement that poverty reform leaders say could fundamentally change the way we see and act on homelessness. It all began in 1999, when Chris and Tammy Megison were helping out at an emergency winter shelter with their two boys. A nine-year-old girl pulled Chris’ sleeve and asked, “Hey mister, do you live here too?” Chris looked at the girl and then over to her mother who was preparing a bed on the shelter floor. On one knee, Chris said, “I don’t live here, sweetie, but my wife and I are going to do everything possible so that you, and your family, won’t have to live here, too.” That one night forever changed not only the little girl’s family, but also the lives of 2,200+ others who have since found their way to Solutions for Change and solved their homelessness. 760.295.6013, solutionsforchange.org



A Night For Sight

November 10 | San Diego Marriott Del Mar
For nearly three decades, The Vision of Children Foundation has been a driving force in the worldwide quest to find a cure for genetic vision disorders and childhood blindness, while supporting visually impaired children and their families. The organization presents its “A Night for Sight” Gala, featuring entertainment legends The Temptations in concert to raise funds necessary to continue its cutting-edge research. Among the most popular of The Temptations’ nearly 100 charted songs are “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone,” and many more. Their iconic sound lives on in the new Broadway musical, Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations, which earned a total of 12 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical. All concert proceeds benefit The Vision of Children Foundation. 858.314.7916, visionofchildren.org


Vision of Children
Vivian Hardage, Sandra Coufal, Jana Peck Stoiber, Tamara Lafarga-Joseph, and Allison Williams



The Malin Burnham Awards

November 13 | Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
For more than 50 years, Malin Burnham has served the community of San Diego. He is a champion of young people and believes in the mission of Reality Changers, which transforms lives by providing youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with the academic support, financial assistance, and leadership training to become college graduates.​ To honor Burnham’s legacy, The Malin Burnham Awards were created to celebrate the region’s most admired leaders, businesses, and organizations that have changed the reality of San Diego and are most emblematic of Burnham’s motto of “Community Before Self.” 619.516.2222, realitychangers.org

Malin Burnham with members of Reality Changers



The Glenner Centers
Joy Glenner

Sharing the Caring

November 16 | Fairbanks Ranch Country Club
Honorary chairs Joy Glenner and Dr. David N. Bailey present an event to celebrate The Glenner Centers’ three locations, as well as the first anniversary of the Glenner Town Square. The George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers is the first-in-the-nation affordable medical-social model adult day program that embraces and treats both the family caregivers and their loved ones. The Glenner legacy of touching lives through “Sharing the Caring” was created out of love and understanding of the urgent and unmet needs for support of families affected by Alzheimer’s disease. 619.997.2707, gbaker@glenner.org


Don Diego’s Day at the Races

November 23 | Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation invites thoroughbred horseracing aficionados to “A Day at the Races, Celebrating Women in Horseracing.” The event honors Marsha Naify and Samantha Siegel, who will be celebrated in the Winner’s Circle after they crown the winner of a race named in their honor. The event takes place in the penthouse-level Il Palio restaurant. Guests will enjoy preferred parking, a gourmet buffet, and convenient sixth-floor wagering. Proceeds will kick start the creation of Don Diego’s Joe Harper Scholarship, to be given annually to students associated with the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. dondiegoscholarship.org

Joe Harper



MS Dinner Auction

November 23 | Loews Coronado Bay Resort
The 33rd annual MS Dinner Auction, hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, will transport guests back to the ’70s for a disco-themed night to support multiple sclerosis. A new study funded by the National MS Society shows more than twice as many people in the U.S. are living with multiple sclerosis than previously thought. Earlier research estimated the prevalence to be 400,000, but this new study revealed there are nearly 1 million Americans living with MS. At the gala, attendees will enjoy silent and live auctions, a four-course gourmet dinner, and live entertainment by local musicians. Auction packages including exclusive golf and dining experiences, hotel staycations, airline tickets, and more will be open for bidding, with proceeds going toward cutting-edge research to stop disease progression and provide programs and services that assist those living with MS to live their best lives. msdinnerauction.org

Board of Trustees member Sara Haedtler and her husband at the 2018
MS Dinner Auction



Dick Gordon

International Air & Space Hall of Fame Celebration

November 23 | San Diego Air & Space Museum
Guests from around the world are assembling for an evening of extraordinary recognition and a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of the Class of 2019 Hall of Fame honorees. This year’s group of visionaries, aerospace engineers, business leaders, preservationists, and space explorers includes Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com and founder of aerospace company Blue Origin; Hawley Bowlus, American engineer, aircraft builder, and icon of the Golden Age of Flight; Dr. Vance Coffman, retired chairman of Lockheed Martin Corporation and the man responsible for the Hubble Space Telescope; Joan Sullivan Garrett, founder of MedAire, the leading global provider of integrated safety solutions where remote medical care is in high demand; Robert J. Gilliland, first man to fly the SR-71 Blackbird and test-pilot for every Blackbird that came off the production line; Dick Gordon, American Naval Aviator and Command Module Pilot of Apollo 12, the second manned mission to land on the Moon; Lt. Col. David Hamilton, the last surviving Pathfinder who dropped paratroopers into Normandy in advance of the allied invasion on D-Day; and Dr. Robert H. Liebeck, a world-renowned authority on aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, and aircraft design. Proceeds will benefit the museum’s youth education programs. sandiegoairandspace.org



Silver Tea

December 3 | 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

The Glenner Centers
Dawn and Bill Davidson



Candlelight Ball

December 7 | 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



Paul Ecke, Jr. Poinsettia Ball

December 14 | 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 | 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


Horse racing, Joe Harper, Silver Tea: Photography by Vincent Knakal     


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