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The SoCal (Social Calendar!)

From black-tie galas to costumed 5Ks, these events will keep your social calendar full—and you feeling good



Hank Bauer, VFC Board Member and Event Co-chair Dale Yahnke, Catalina Durall, and Scott Durall at Voices for Children’s Fostering Hope Golf Classic

Friday, March 22:

Reserve a seat at Celebrating Couture 2019, the annual fashion show and luncheon supporting The Old Globe. The Globe Guilders and Neiman Marcus will present Marchesa’s Fall 2019 collection, along with Champagne reception, silent auction, and luncheon at Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, beginning at 10:00 a.m. 

 

Saturday, March 23:

The Arc of San Diego presents a Salute to the Jewels of San Diego at the Speakeasy Gala. The black-tie optional event will benefit children and adults with disabilities at The Arc of San Diego. The US Grant Hotel will begin welcoming guests for cocktail reception and silent auction at 5:30 p.m.; dinner, dancing, and music from Wayne Foster will begin at 7:00 p.m.

La Jolla Playhouse’s gala, co-chaired by 3 generations of Jacobs women: Joan, Debby, and Lindsey. The night will feature a curated wine dinner, after party, and performances by Ariana DeBose from SUMMER and starring in the upcoming Stephen Spielberg remake of West Side Story. The gala takes place at the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse. 

The Makers of San Diego History, the San Diego History Center’s gala, will feature a charming champagne reception in the Casa de Balboa, followed by dinner and live auction at The Prado’s Grand Ballroom. The special night will honor Toni Atkins and Christine Kehoe.

Meals on Wheels San Diego County will host its annual March for Meals 5K Charity Walk, with the goal of feeding nearly 1,500 homebound and isolated seniors. The new location this year is Liberty Station NTC Park. $35 per person; kids 12 and under free; (costumed) dogs welcome.

 

Sunday, March 24:

Theater lovers should hurry over to "Another Roll of the Dice," the North Coast Repertory's Spotlight Gala. The Del Mar Country Club event will feature live entertainment (of course!), cocktails, silent auction, and dinner. Support the arts and local theater. Cocktail attire suggested. 

 

Saturday, March 30:

Former CBS News war correspondent Lara Logan and Navy Vice Admiral (Ret.) David Buss will be the keynote speakers at the dinner-gala portion of this year’s Del Mar Country Club Golf Tournament and Dinner-Gala. The event will be co-hosted by Madeleine Pickens & Dominique Plewes, Geniya & “Papa” Doug Manchester, and Jenny Craig. The opening ceremony begins at 10:15 a.m., followed by an 18-hole scramble golf tournament at 10:30 a.m. The cocktail reception and dinner-gala kick off at 6 p.m. The event supports Special Operations Forces Support Foundation and the Navy SEALs.

 

Sunday, March 31:

Ride into the Del Mar Fairgrounds for Tour de Cure, the American Diabetes Association’s fundraiser to support research, advocacy, and education. All levels welcome, and you can choose between four different cycling routes, a 5K walk, and 5K run. 

 

March 31 and April 1:

Voices for Children’s 27th annual Fostering Hope Golf Classic presented by Dowling & Yahnke Wealth Advisors and chaired by Rolf Benirschke, Bill Sailer, and Dale Yahnke, will raise funds to support our Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program. CASA provides local foster children with the consistent support of a caring adult. The golf, spa experiences, and reception will take place at the Santaluz Club. 

 

APRIL

Monday, April 1:

The American Cancer Society will put on its San Diego Invitational—golf, dine, bid, and shop for a cause. 

 

Saturday, April 6:

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) will host its annual Heart & Soul Gala at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine. Learn about how the nonprofit provides resources and support to more than 20,000 San Diegans of all ages, faiths and backgrounds. The festivities begin at 6 p.m.

The National Conflict Resolution Center will host its 31st Annual Peacemaker Awards Dinner. Honorees include National Peacemaker Recipient Father Gregory Boyle of Homeboy Industries and San Diego Community Leader Malin Burnham. Business attire is suggested at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront event; tickets start at $350.

Home Start, a non-profit child abuse prevention and treatment agency in San Diego since 1972, will hold its 47th Annual Blue Ribbon Gala at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and proceeds from the gala will support critical assistance to children and families throughout San Diego County. 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. 

The SEAL Family Foundation is honoring its elite warriors at the second annual gala. Attend the event, held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, and support family resiliency programs. 

 

Sunday, April 7:

The 4th Annual Autism Awareness Bar Crawl begins at Meze Greek Fusion in the Gaslamp. Make stops for small bites, cocktails, and scavenger-hunt prizes. Proceeds will go to Community ConNext. Tickets are $20 per person, $80 for a team of 5, and $150 for a team of 10 and can be purchased ahead of time or at the event. They include a beverage at each stop. Noon until 5 p.m. 

 

Thursday, April 11:

Be sure to wear a pop of pink with your business cocktail attire at Susan G. Komen San Diego’s More Than Pink Annual Dinner. Former City Councilwoman and breast cancer survivor, Marti Emerald will moderate the event, which includes an “interactive reception” with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, shopping for a cause, photo booth, and art and educational exhibits. Following that is a dinner, program, and “raise the paddle.” Dinner, program and “Raise the Paddle.” Hyatt Regency La Jolla at The Aventine, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; tickets start at $200.

 

Friday, April 12:

Support all the good work The Preuss School does at the annual Preuss Promise. The cocktail reception will feature Preuss Student Exhibitions, and dinner will include a keynote address and “raise the paddle.” Cocktail attire, Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, 6 p.m. Tickets start at $525. 

Bloom Bash, the kickoff event to Art Alive, is San Diego Museum of Art’s biggest fundraiser. Bloom Bash starts at 7 p.m. and goes until midnight. The following day, the floral exhibition opens at 9:00 a.m. and continues through Sunday. Other activities include a flower crown workshop. Tickets to Bloom Bash are $200 for members, $250 for non-members. The drinks, the installations, the food, the dancing!

 

Saturday, April 13:

Prominent business and community leaders will compete in the California Center for the Arts, Escondido's 4th annual Dancing With Our Stars fundraising event. Come out to see the couples rip up the floor, and support the Center's arts education outreach program and the free community events that serve over 85,000 people per year. The Dancing will happen in the Concert Hall; tickets are $30-175. 

Feeding San Diego's Pairings with a Purpose: Brunch by the Beach is always a draw with its fantastic lineup of San Diego chefs, breweries, wineries, and distilleries, serving guests to support hunger relief. Tickets start at $75. 

 

April 15-19:

Balboa Park Conservancy will host the Spring Fling Food Truck Festival. More than a dozen food trucks will line El Prado from noon to 7:00 p.m. Bring the family and enjoy live music, dance performances, games, activities, and drawings. 

 

Saturday, April 27:

Descend upon the San Diego Food Bank’s 90,000-square-foot warehouse for a supersized night of food and drink. The Chefs Cork & Craft Gala: A Seaside Soiree is the Food Bank’s 7th annual gala and features San Diego chefs such as Jason Knibb (Nine-Ten), Amy DiBiase (Vistal), Joe Burns (Waters Fine Foods), and dozens more. 

A Night at the Derby supports the important work of the American Heart Association. Help save lives and support the AHA donors and volunteers. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. at Del Mar Racetrack.

 

MAY

 

Thursday, May 2:

This year is the 10th year for Eat.Drink.Read. A Culinary Event for Literacy. Hosted by the San Diego Council on Literacy (SDCOL), 20 top San Diego chefs create small plates corresponding to their favorite books. The event raises money for SDCOL’s 29 literary programs, touching 179,000 San Diegans. San Diego Air & Space Museum, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Serving Seniors will host its sixth annual Experience of a Lifetime Gala in its effort to raise $475,000 for its programs and services. That includes 600,000 nutritious meals, affordable housing, healthcare, and more for nearly 5,000 low-income and homeless seniors in San Diego County. 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Del Mar Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe. Tickets: $350 

 

Saturday, May 4:

Las Primeras, a non-profit fundraising organization founded in 1950 in Chula Vista will host its annual fundraiser. The theme? Boots and Bling. Help Las Primeras, an all-volunteer group of women, assist individuals, children’s charities, and groups in the South Bay community. 5-10 pm at the Sweetwater Farms in Bonita (3051 Equitation Lane, Bonita, CA 91902) 

 

Sunday, May 5:

Shopping, tacos, and a great cause: Attend Fashion Fiesta to support San Diego non-profit, Conner’s Cause for Children. This is the seventh annual event to benefit local families with a child experiencing a life-threatening disease. Funds raised go directly to medical costs. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Encinitas’s The Hive at Leichtag Commons. $10 admission includes taco lunch and beverage. 

 

Thursday, May 9:

The San Diego Symphony Notables will host its annual Wine & Wears fundraising event at The Westgate Hotel. A silent auction with wine, accessories, trips, and experiences, will benefit the Symphony’s outreach programs. The event raises money to bring more than 16,000 schoolchildren annually to Copley Symphony Hall for four days of Young People’s Concerts. Tickets: $150 and VIP, $300. jzimmer@sandiegosymphony.org

 

Friday, May 10:

“San Diego’s original tasting event” is now celebrating its 28th year. Come out to the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine for Mama’s Day, benefiting Mama’s Kitchen. More than 50 chefs and caterers will be serving 600-plus supporters of the organization that delivers three medically-tailored meals a day to local San Diegans living with HIV, cancer, or other critical illnesses. The goal is to raise $220,000 and be able to provide more than 75,000 meals. 

 

Saturday, May 11:

The Chicano Federation of San Diego County will host its 50th Anniversary Ball at the US Grant Hotel. The nonprofit’s goal is to raise $250,000 to help meet the needs for child development programs, affordable housing, and other programs and family services in the community. Support the Chicano Federation at its 50th anniversary celebration, with dinner, program, and dancing. Cocktail hour starts at 5 pm. Tickets start at $500. 

Humphreys by the Bay on Shelter Island is the site for Cherishing the Joys of Childhood, the 132nd anniversary celebration of the San Diego Center for Children. Pianist and composer Matt Savage will perform, as will the Center’s Children’s Choir. Come support the Center and its programs that are so critical for kids, teens, and families struggling with mental, emotional, and behavioral health challenges. Cocktail hour begins at 6:00 p.m. RSVP by May 1. 

 

Saturday, May 18:

Ernest Rady and Gary Sinise will receive the America Eagle Award and Patriot Award, respectively, at the 78th Annual Stars and Stripes Gala: Stand Up for Liberty. Taking place at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina, USO San Diego will celebrate our Armed Forces. Come show your support of our brave service members.

 

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