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National Conflict Resolution Center's Peacemaker Awards Dinner Raises More Than $1 Million

Plus La Jolla Playhouse's annual Gala and the Globe Guilders Celebrating Couture each a glamorous success

Mary Walshok and Malin Burnham at the 2019 Peacemaker Awards Dinner | Photo: Courtesy of National Conflict Resolution Center

A record 800 guests raised $1 million (and counting!) during the 31st Annual Peacemaker Awards Dinner at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. The Peacemaker Awards Dinner is the signature event of the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC). Attendees gathered for a three-course dinner, speeches from the 2019 Peacemaker honorees, and Raise the Paddle. Proceeds from the event will support various programs such as the organization’s Avoiding the Pipeline to Prison initiative, which joins regional law enforcement with education leaders to implement restorative justice practices with at-risk youth. The program enables kids to stay in school and the public spends less on prosecution and incarceration.

“We are so thankful to the San Diego community for their huge investment in civility, respect, restorative justice and human dignity,” says Steven Dinkin, president, National Conflict Resolution Center. “Funds raised at our annual Peacemaker event will help NCRC address some of society’s most pressing issues such as the mass incarceration of our young adults, free speech on college campuses, and pervasive harassment in our workplaces.”

Old Globe Managing Director Timothy J. Shields, Celebrating Couture Chair Elizabeth Helming, Celebrating Couture Honorary Chair Vicki Zeiger, Celebrating Couture Co-Chair Jo Ann Kilty, Globe Guilders President Kim Neapole, Old Globe Director of Arts Engagement Freedome Bradley-Ballentine | Photo: Doug Gates


This year, the Globe Guilders’ Celebrating Couture 2019 fashion show featured approximately 70 looks from Marchesa, presented by Neiman Marcus. Almost 500 people came to the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine to view the fall collection and to support the arts and outreach programs at The Old Globe. This was the Globe Guilders' 29th annual Couture event.

Photo: Douglas Gates


Ariana DeBose performs at La Jolla Playhouse Gala | Photo: Bekah Peace Photography

La Jolla Playhouse’s annual Gala raised more than $1 million to support the Playhouse’s new play development, theater education, and programs benefiting military families. Event co-chairs Joan Jacobs, Debby Jacobs and Lindsey Jacobs welcomed Tony Award nominee Ariana DeBose, star of the Playhouse-born Broadway hit SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical. (DeBose is also the new Anita in Stephen Spielberg and Tony Kushner’s upcoming film adaptation of West Side Story!). Guests enjoyed cocktails on the plaza, performances by DeBose, an exquisite dinner courtesy of Chef Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse Grille, and an after-party with dancing and music by EDM artist Mako.

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