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The Hot List: 11 Events Not To Be Missed


The Hot List: 11 Events Not To Be Missed

Posted on August 8, 2019

Monte Carlo Gala

September 7, 2019 | Private Rancho Santa Fe Estate

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is hosting its 43rd annual Monte Carlo gala. Themed “An Art Affair II,” the event will be held at Rancho del Arte, the private Rancho Santa Fe home of devoted arts patrons and ARTnews top 200 art collectors, Iris and Matthew Strauss. This is the second year in a row that the couple has generously hosted the event. It is also the second year that Iris Strauss, Joan Jacobs, and Karen Cohn will serve as event co-chairs. Gala attendees will have the opportunity to take curator-led tours of the Strauss’ expansive art collection during the event. mcasd.org/montecarlo

Monte Carlo
Karen Cohn, Iris Strauss, Joan Jacobs, and Kathryn Kanjo

Elevated Excursions

August 16, 2019 | Pebble Beach

Schubach Aviation offers unmatched access to the world’s premier celebration of the automobile, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. For the third consecutive year, travelers who book the Elevated Excursions package will enjoy a bespoke day trip specially tailored to the motorcar enthusiast. Perks including entry to The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, private dining at the world-famous Rolls-Royce Villa, and cocktails at the landmark Lodge at Pebble Beach. In addition, guests will also gain entry to private auto hospitality events from Bentley, Lamborghini, and Rolls-Royce. There, they will be among the first to view concept and limited-edition vehicles. 760.929.0307, schubachaviation.com/elevated-excursions

Elevated Excursions

The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection

Thru August 18, 2019 | EC Gallery

EC Gallery will share a compelling selection of artworks from The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection. Visitors may explore and acquire works from Dr. Seuss’s best-known children’s books. Along with this, visitors can see The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss, a mind-expanding collection based on decades of artwork, which Dr. Seuss created at night for his own personal enjoyment. ecgallery.com

Sharp HospiceCare Benefit Regatta

August 23-24, 2019 | Hotel del Coronado & Coronado Yacht Club

The 17th annual Sharp HospiceCare Benefit Dinner and Regatta will support Sharp HospiceCare’s Homes for Hospice program. Homes for Hospice offers a unique environment for patients with a life-limiting illness, to meet their needs in a comfortable home setting. The event kicks off Friday evening with a pre-race dinner and silent auction. Then on Saturday, guests will board yachts and take in a breathtaking view of the regatta and San Diego Bay. Proceeds support Sharp HospiceCare, an organization that provides comprehensive care and compassionate support for patients and their families struggling with a life-limiting illness. 619.740.4316, give.sharp.com/regatta

Sharp HospiceCare Benefit Regatta

Be The Light

August 24, 2019 | Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine

Shelter to Soldier presents its seventh annual fundraising gala, with Cox Communications returning as presenting sponsor. Enjoy live music by Ryan Hiller along with exquisite appetizers and a plated dinner, beer and wine. Experience an exciting silent and live auction emceed by Clint Bell Productions as well as memorable moments with service dogs in training and the nonprofit’s graduated veteran/service dog teams. Shelter to Soldier adopts dogs from local shelters and trains them to become psychiatric service dogs for post-9/11 combat veterans suffering from PTS, TBI, and/or other psychological injuries associated with traumatic service experiences. Gala partners include Sycuan Casino, Ranch & Coast Magazine, and Redfearn & Associates. 855.287.8659, sheltertosoldier.org

Be The Light
Shelter to Soldier founders Kyrié and Graham Bloem wtih Lola

Symphony at Salk

August 24, 2019 | The Salk Institute

The Salk Institute will celebrate 24 years of Symphony at Salk, its annual concert under the stars, with the sounds of Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti and the acclaimed San Diego Symphony. The gala evening concert will showcase Benanti, a five-time Tony Award nominee, singer, and stage and screen actress. Individual tickets include a Champagne reception and gourmet dinner along with immersive entertainment set in the ambiance of the Louis Kahn-designed architectural landmark overlooking the Pacific. 858.597.0657, salk.edu/symphony

Symphony at Salk
Laura Benanti

Del Mar Dance for Diabetes

September 7, 2019 | Del Mar Plaza

Enjoy delectable food, an open bar, and dancing under the stars to live music at the second annual Del Mar Dance for Diabetes to benefit the Diabetes Research Connection. Prominent local restaurants such as the Brigantine, En Fuego, Il Fornaio, Pacifica Del Mar, Sbicca, Del Mar Rendezvous, and Social Syndicate will be serving food. Young’s Market Company is providing an open bar to all attendees. DRC’s mission is to connect donors with early-career scientists, enabling them to perform peer-reviewed, novel research designed to prevent and cure type 1 diabetes, minimize its complications, and improve the quality of life for those living with the disease. 844.484.3372, diabetesresearchconnection.org/dancefordiabetes

Del Mar Dance for Diabetes
David Winkler, Casey Davis, Sherry Ahern, and Alberto Hayek

Gala in the Garden

September 7, 2019 | San Diego Botanic Garden

At San Diego Botanic Garden’s 20th annual Gala in the Garden: Cultivating Community, guests will get a spectacular sneak peek at the garden’s breathtaking new exhibit space, the Dickinson Family Education Conservatory. This new greenhouse and education campus is named after this year’s Paul Ecke Jr. Award honorees, Martin and Carol Dickinson. At the fundraiser, guests will stroll through several garden areas while enjoying fine wine, craft beer, spirits, and exceptional dishes from local restaurants and caterers. Gala artistic director René van Rems will once again lead a team of local floral designers to create lavish floral displays for the evening. Garden Trustee and former Board Chairman Jim Ruecker returns as the gala committee chair. 760.436.3036, ext. 217, sdbgarden.org/gala.htm

Gala in the Garden: Cultivating Community

Art of Fashion 2019 Lineup

September 12, 2019 | The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

Oscar de la Renta, Stella McCartney, Max Mara, Versace, and Saks Fifth Avenue are among the leading international designers and luxury retailers showcased on September 12 when The Country Friends presents the 2019 Art of Fashion in partnership with South Coast Plaza. The runway show also includes the latest looks from the fall-winter collections of Bally, Escada, Moncler and Tory Burch. The event, co-chaired by Elaine Kaminski Becerra and Erika Fetter, honors Ranch & Coast’s Andrea Naversen, the veteran journalist, community leader, and philanthropist. Television news personality and health reporter Sandra Maas serves as emcee. 858.756.1192, ext. 4, events@thecountryfriends.org, thecountryfriends.org

Art of Fashion 2019 Lineup
Erika Fetter, Andrea Naversen, Suzanne Newman, and Elaine Kaminski Becerra

Grand Chef Throwdown

September 13, 2019 | Hotel del Coronado

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of San Diego has selected restaurateur Bertrand Hug as the recipient of its inaugural CFF Grand Chef Throwdown Icon Award. Hug will be honored at the Grand Chef Throwdown, a seaside soiree featuring 30+ San Diego and Baja chefs. The award was created to recognize a community leader who has exemplified integrity and a dedication to excellence. For more than three decades, Hug has influenced the San Diego culinary culture, and is an example of uncompromising quality. The progressive evening will bring together local foodies who will present a People’s Choice Award. The “Culinary Council,” consisting of celebrity top chefs and food critics, including Hug, will engage in a blind tasting of dishes from the chefs competing to be presented with the coveted Chef Flor Franco Award for Culinary Excellence. events.cff.org/grandchefthrowdown

Grand Chef Throwdown
Bertrand Hug

Globe Gala

September 21, 2019 | The Old Globe’s Copley Plaza 

The 2019 Globe Gala, Where Black Tie Meets Tie Dye, will support the theatre’s arts engagement and artistic programs. Guests will look to the rose-tinted past with a theme that echoes that of the soon-to-open Globe world premiere of the new musical Almost Famous, by San Diego native and Oscar winner Cameron Crowe. After the performance, dinner and dancing to the music of Play! will rock the plaza until midnight.  Gala co-chairs are Globe Board members Ellise Coit and Karen Tanz. The 2019 gala committee includes Michele Arthur, Terry Atkinson, Peter Cooper, Valerie Cooper, Elaine Bennett Darwin, Nadia Gastelum, David Ohanian, Joanie Polatchek, Jean Shekhter, Rhona Thompson, Pam Wagner, Muffy Walker, and Lynne Wheeler. 619.684.4146, eprisby@theoldglobe.org, theoldglobe.org

Globe Gala
The 2019 Globe Gala co-chairs Karen Tanz and Ellise Coit


Monte Carlo & Bertrand Hug: Photography by Vincent Knakal     Dance for Diabetes: Photo by Samuel Nelson     Globe Gala: Photo by Doug Gates   San Diego Botanic Garden: Photo courtesy of Bauman Photographers     AOF: Photo by Jody Pinchin


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