For 63 years, the Art of Fashion Runway Show and Luncheon has been the fashion and charity event that has been the talk of the town, benefitting more than a dozen local charities. This year was no different. In addition to featuring favorite luxury brands, the latest styles from the most coveted fall/winter collections graced the runway before a wonderful afternoon lunch on the lawn.
Every day, local police officers put their lives on the line to protect the members of the San Diego community. At the Gold Shield Gala, the San Diego Police Foundation takes a moment to honor their commitment and sacrifice. In addition to raising essential funds for the organization, the event also served to boost awareness for their K9 Crimefighter Campaign.
The 16th annual Starry Starry Night was a success both socially and philanthropically. Set under the beautiful star-lit sky of Rancho Santa Fe, attendees were able to mingle while tasting inspired cocktails under a moonlit sky. Proceeds from the evening benefitted Voices for Children which serves local foster children in need.
Generous supporters attended the 2018 ROMP Gala to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. While the event had plenty of fun with dancing, dining, and a memorable 1920s theme, it also helped the organization pursue their mission. Proceeds will be directed to renovating their kitchen and dining room, critical spaces for all those they serve.
True to their Rio Carnival theme, this year’s South Bay Community Service’s Change Their Lives gala was a colorful, unforgettable evening of culture and music. Guests indulged in a delicious Brazilian-inspired dinner, sipped on crafted cocktails, and danced to the music of Carnival in their breathtaking ensembles. Guests also bid on silent and live auctions which benefitted the organization’s important mission in our community.
Over the years, Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego signature event has netted over $2.5 million to help them to continue to change lives for the youth of our region. This year, over 700 Club supporters helped raise funds for the nearly 30,000 kids will benefit from the Club and its programs that promote academic success, character development and healthy lifestyles.
Consul General of Mexico Marcela Celorio welcomed the bi-national community to celebrate the 208th Anniversary of Mexico’s Independence at the Institute of the Americas. Guests joined in the celebration with a mariachi performance, Mexican food and Mexican candies. The Consul gave the traditional “Grito” from the balcony and inspired all those in attendance to shout “Viva Mexico!”
In support of their mission to conduct critical diabetes research revolving around preventing, curing and improving the lives of those with the disease, the Diabetes Research Connection hosted The Del Mar Dance for Diabetes. Guest enjoyed an evening at the Del Mar Plaza overlooking the ocean. This event featured live music and dancing all while raising necessary funds to support their mission.
Supporters joined for one last hurrah at the Mingei Museum as we know it! They celebrated Mingei’s past and its exciting future at a festive, construction themed grand closing party. Mingei’s Transformational Renovation will feature a plaza level free and open to all, a dedicated classroom, a new program and performance space, and second-floor terraces with views onto the Plaza de Panama.
Father Joe’s Villages is one of San Diego’s largest homeless services providers. Recently, President and CEO Deacon Jim Vargas shared with supporters the ways Father Joe’s Villages is transforming lives in San Diego. Their Turning the Key initiative and the progress toward a new 14-story building will provide 407 units of permanent housing for the homeless.