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October Gala Guide


October Gala Guide


Tea & Tonic
Zainab Salbi

Tea & Tonic

October 4 | Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Center for Community Solutions presents its 20th Annual Tea & Tonic, featuring international humanitarian and media host Zainab Salbi, who will serve as the celebrity keynote speaker. As the founder of Women for Women International, a grassroots humanitarian and development organization dedicated to serving women survivors of wars, Salbi has helped more than 480,000 marginalized women rebuild their lives in eight conflict zones. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, CCS was started in 1969 on the campus of San Diego State University as the first Women’s Studies Department in the U.S. The organization created an “underground railroad” of private homes helping women and children escape domestic violence. CCS has since expanded to provide a wide variety of prevention and intervention services to eliminate societal conditions that condone and perpetuate relationship and sexual violence, and to promote safety, justice, and healing for those impacted by these crimes. 858.693.2369, shancock@ccssd.org, ccssd.org/tea-tonic-2019



Think Dignity’s 10th Annual Gala

October 5 | Jacobs Center
Founded in 2006 with a mission to inspire, empower, and organize the community to advance basic dignity for those living on the streets, Think Dignity has made strides to fill gaps and provide services which are otherwise unavailable. The organization’s tenth annual gala, “A Masquerade Ball,” will take place from 7-10:30pm and includes hors d’oeuvres and hosted beer and wine, opportunity drawings, an online auction, music and dancing, and much more. Guests are encouraged to wear masks, and a prize for “Best Mask” will be awarded. Proceeds benefit Think Dignity’s numerous programs and services benefiting San Diego’s homeless, including safe mobile showers, storage, survival supplies, and legal advocacy. thinkdignity.org/2019-gala


Fur Ball

October 5 | San Diego Humane Society
Don’t miss the opportunity to save lives while celebrating your compassion for animals at the 33rd annual Fur Ball. Event proceeds will make a life-changing difference for animals in need. A limited amount of tickets remain. Reserve your tickets by contacting Annelise Tappe at 619.243.3469 or furball@sdhumane.org, or by clicking here.

Hearts of Gold

October 8 | Fairmont Grand Del Mar
In 1970, a handful of women gathered for a day of bridge and tennis hosted at a friend’s Rancho Santa Fe home and decided to raise money to support United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego. The group became known as the Beach & Country Guild and the day became the annual Dia del Sol luncheon, the organization’s “day in the sun,” a mainstay on calendars during a bustling fall gala season. This year will be the 50th annual event, appropriately named “Hearts of Gold” in honor of this significant year. Guests will enjoy live and silent auctions, a chic runway show presented by Fashion Valley, and of course, a gourmet lunch. Chairs are Nancy Sappington, Kristina Cowling, and Laura Kelleher. Kimberly Hunt returns as Mistress of Ceremonies. beachandcountry.org

Hearts of Gold


Artistry of Tables & Fashions

October 10 | Kroc Center
The Salvation Army presents its 5th Annual Artistry of Tables and Fashions at the Salvation Army Kroc Center to showcase and celebrate the graduates of the Adult Rehabilitation Center, its six-month residential treatment program, who are making a sincere effort to recover from drug and alcohol addiction. Tables designed around special themes will be on view, and the event will also feature shopping, a luncheon, and fashion show. 619.446.0273, pamela.lennen@usw.salvationarmy.org

Big Brothers Big Sisters Gourmet Dinner

October 10 | Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County’s 57th annual Gourmet Dinner, themed “Rooted to Rise,” will start with a lavish seafood cocktail party before guests enter into the ballroom for an unforgettable night and fabulous meal. The purpose of the event is to fund 500+ children for a full year. The 2019 Big Champions, Brent and Laura Rivard, will be honored. The Rivards are deeply committed to helping San Diego’s children thrive and are longstanding supporters of Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County. 858.536.4900, ext. 205, sdbigs.org

Big Brothers Big Sisters Gourmet Dinner


Wine D’Vine

October 11, 2019 | Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
San Francisco-based rock band Train will perform at an exclusive concert to benefit Walden Family Services’ programs for foster youth and children. With hits like the Grammy-award-winning “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me),” “Hey Soul Sister,” “Marry Me,” and “Meet Virginia,” the band is beloved not only for a consistent stream of hits but for their consummate showmanship and audience-thrilling performance. “We’re really excited to have Train perform for us,” says Walden CEO Teresa Stivers. “When I think about the song ‘Calling All Angels,’ it speaks to what our kids in foster care are going through and how we need people to be their angels: ‘When there is no place safe and no safe place to put my head/When you feel the world shake from the words that re said/I need a sign to let me know you’re here.’” Thanks to music lovers Harley and Maryanne Sefton, who generously underwrite the entertainment and production costs of the yearly event, past Wine D’Vine headliners have included The Moody Blues, John Fogerty, and Peter Frampton. Sponsorship opportunities with tickets are available. 619.727.5897, kstephens@waldenfamily.org, waldenfamily.org/wine-dvine-2019


Wine D'Vine

City Ballet of San Diego’s Speakeasy Soiree

October 12, 2019 | Hotel del Coronado
Hotel del Coronado is the setting for City Ballet of San Diego’s fundraising gala, which will begin at 6pm on October 12 in the Del’s new outdoor event venue. Following the reception, guests will move to the ballroom to enjoy dinner, a ballet performance by City Ballet dancers, live auction with auctioneer Darren Diess, and dancing to The Mighty Untouchables. This year’s honorary chairs are Barbie and Dan Spinazzola, whose guidance and support over many years has been invaluable to the arts organization. Jeweler John Matty of John Matty Co. in Rancho Santa Fe has created and donated a stunning pair of one-of-a-kind 18k white gold and diamond earrings with onyx and pearl, which will go to the winner of the opportunity drawing. cityballet.org

City Ballet Gala at the Hotel del Coronado


Party Arty

October 13 | Private Rancho Santa Fe home
ArtReach, a nonprofit aimed at increasing equity in visual arts education to K-8 schools throughout San Diego County, presents the seventh annual Party Arty with the theme “Tacos and Tequila” from 3-6pm, featuring live entertainment, festive food, and artisanal tequilas. Proceeds will support the Access to Art program, which allows ArtReach to bring teaching artists, art materials, and standards-based lesson plans to schools that do not have arts education as part of their curriculum. Guests can expect a decadent treat with catered tacos and beverages from The Taco Stand, Modern Times Beer, Cutwater Spirits, and an artisanal tequila tasting bar hosted by Nobleza Tequila and El Silencio Mezcal. Musician Israel Maldonado will set the mood for the evening with his lively guitar performance. Party Arty will also include an auction filled with exciting prizes like a luxurious Deer Valley vacation home stay, family Disneyland getaway, and more. artreachsandiego.org/events


Gregory Page

River Valley Fest

October 13 | L’Auberge Del Mar
The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy presents its tenth annual River Valley Fest, “Our Earth, Our Bond,” from 4-8pm. This is the conservancy’s signature fundraising event of the year. Keynote speaker is Ronald R. Swaisgood, PhD, Brown Chair/Director of Recovery Ecology Institute for Conservation Research San Diego, Zoo Global. Guests will enjoy music performed by Gregory Page and Skye Ladd, hosted wine and beer, a gourmet dinner buffet, and enticing and exciting silent and live auctions. Tickets are $150 per person. All proceeds will support the conservancy’s conservation, education and recreation programs. sdrvcrivervalleyfest2019.eventbrite.com


Restoring Hope FUNdraiser

October 15 | Coyote Bar & Grill and the Carlsbad Village Faire Shops
Hundreds will meet under the stars at the Fountain Courtyard at Coyote Bar & Grill and the Carlsbad Village Faire Shops in support of New Haven Youth and Family Services for a night of dinner, drinks, dancing, auction biding, photo opportunities, and more. Attendees will mingle with like-minded supporters who have compassion for local youth. Guests will enjoy a delicious Coyote Bar & Grill dinner, a silent auction with more than 75 items to bid on, live auction by auctioneer Troy McVicker, and dancing with live music provided by B.I.G. This event raises significant funds to help transform the lives of at-risk youth in Southern California. New Haven provides professional care, education and treatment for youth and their families with emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges. Programs include school district day student curriculum, therapeutic behavioral services, outpatient mental health care, live-in residential treatment programs in North County San Diego, and transitional living support to youth who face limited options as they transition from supervised care to independent living. Pre-sale tickets are $120; $135 at the door. bit.ly/RestoringHope2019

Bootleggers Ball

October 19 | Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
Fresh Start Surgical Gifts presents its 28th annual gala, with Dr. Greg Ostrow, director of pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus at Scripps Clinic Carmel Valley, and his wife, Dr. Stacy Ostrow, serving as the event’s honorary chairs. The evening will celebrate Fresh Start’s commitment over the past 28 years to providing free-of-cost reconstructive surgery and transforming the lives of infants, children, and teens with physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents, abuse, or disease. Fresh Start seeks to raise more than $200,000 at the event of which 100 percent of proceeds will benefit the Fresh Start Surgical Gifts Medical Program. The jazzy evening will include a cocktail reception, live/silent auctions, dinner, live music by The Heroes, and casino-style table games. freshstart.org/events

The Ostrow Family


Cheers 2019, “007th”

October 25 | La Jolla Country Club
Join the National CHEERS Foundation for an evening of intellectual intrigue and undercover surprises including a seated dinner with international wine pairings, hosted full bar, auction indulgences, live music and dancing to NRG Music and Productions, casino-style gaming, and complimentary valet parking. Founded in La Jolla in 2012, the National CHEERS Foundation’s mission is to generate funds to eradicate disease and help women of all generations live in vitality, free from the five primary health threats: heart disease, mental illness, cancer, osteoporosis, and autoimmune diseases. Photographed is CHEERS board members AnneMarie Irwin, Nancy Borrelli, Mimi Swenson, Kristi Pieper, Anseth Richards, Gina Hixson, Larissa Tabin, and Kate Woods. 858.361.2551, nationalcheersfoundation.org 

Cheers 2019, “007th”
AnneMarie Irwin, Nancy Borrelli, Mimi Swenson, Kristi Pieper, Anseth Richards, Gina Hixson, Larissa Tabin, and Kate Woods

A Night In Venice

October 26 | Fairmont Grand Del Mar
The tenth annual Miracle Babies gala, this year themed “A Night in Venice,” will bring together more than 350 prominent business, social, and philanthropic leaders to raise much-needed financial support for families with critically ill newborns and their families throughout San Diego County. The evening will include dinner, entertainment by Jacqueline Foster’s Showdance, and an exciting live auction. This year’s event chairs are Marjan Daneshmand, Katherine Annie Finch, Tamara Lafarga-Joseph, Miriam Smotrich, and MJ Wittman. Miracle Babies’ mission is to unite families with their critically ill newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit and to reduce NICU admissions through prevention, education, and research. miraclebabiesgala.org


Jonathan Karrant

Orange & Black Soirée

October 27 | Timken Museum of Art
This black-tie optional evening begins with a sunset cocktail reception followed by a pre-concert dinner for only 100 guests in the Timken galleries catered by award-winning chef Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse Grill. A private concert follows, performed “cabaret style” by popular crooner Jonathan Karrant, who will delight with favorites from the Great American Songbook, including Frank Sinatra and other romantic selections. Karrant’s time performing with Luciano Pavarotti at the Metropolitan Opera House launched the singer’s international career. He is a recipient of the New York City Jazz Cabaret Honors, was voted “Best Singer” by the Bravo California Awards, has been named one of the top 12 jazz vocalists in New York by the NYC Jazz Record, and his album has hit number four on the Billboard Jazz Charts. 619.239.5548, timkenmuseum.org

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


Julie Tafel Klaus

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

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/activities/hotel-events/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


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


A Night for Sight
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


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


Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation: Photo by Vincent Knakal


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