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Harrah’s Resort's Fashion Week Culinary Couture

San Diego Charity News for August 25

Fashion Week San Diego

Harrah’s Resort Southern California was the host for Fashion Week San Diego’s Culinary Couture on Aug. 16.Chef Jon Palsson created a 7 course meal featuring cuisine from each of the chosen fashion capitals . The Gifted Horse provided centerpieces which were sold to benefit the Rancho Coastal Humane Society which is the official charity of the 2014 Fashion Week San Diego which runs from Sept. 29 to Oct. 5. “Culinary Couture has been a longtime dream of mine,” said Fashion Week San Diego Founder and Director Allison Andrews. “Thanks to our amazing partnership with Harrah’s Resort Southern California, it has become a reality.”

Center for Community Solutions is hosting its 10th Annual Chef Showdown on Sept. 18 at the San Diego Harley Davidson shop on Morena Blvd. The fundraiser kicks off Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is October. Some of San Diego’s top chefs will participate in an “Iron Chef” style competition with 8 chefs acting as judges. Sam Zien from Sam the Cooking Guy will host the competition. All proceeds will benefit the programs and services of CCS providing advocacy, legal support, healing and prevention services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse.

Jewish Family Service has received the highest rating from Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator. Charity Navigator awards its 4-star designation to nonprofit organizations that have demonstrated strong fiscal management. Ken Berger, President and CEO of Charity Navigator, said, “Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that the organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Only 2% of the charities we rate have received at least 7 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Jewish Family Service of San Diego outperforms most other charities in America.”

Miracle Babies, an organization dedicated to providing education, support, and financial assistance to families with newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit, is the beneficiary of the United States Polo Association’s Rossmore Cup White Party being held at the San Diego Polo Club on Aug. 31. “We’re truly honored to be the beneficiary of this prestigious event and celebration,” said Sean Daneshmand, M.D., founder of Miracle Babies.  “Many mothers of premature or critically ill newborns are financially unable to be at the hospital with their babies every day,” he said. 

The Peers Summer White Tie Gala is being held on Aug. 30 at an estate in La Jolla Farms. The sponsor is Patron Spirits/Ultimat Vodka. The Peers Network group raises funds for Challenged Athletes Foundation and Outdoor Outreach.

American Heart Association and Union Bank Chula Vista Branch

The American Heart Association San Diego Division collaborated with Union Bank to host a Health and Wellness Expo at the Union Bank Chula Vista branch on Aug. 9. Participants received complimentary blood pressure and body mass index screenings, and one-on-one consultations with a cardiologist. Union Bank executives also shared information about financial planning, such as budgeting and saving. The goal of the Expo was to bring the “No Wealth Without Your Health” message to local communities.

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center raised $175,000 at its 37th Annual Haute with Heart Fashion Show held on Aug. 16 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Past Honoree, Joan Eichen, donated $50,000 in honor of the 37th annual event. Proceeds go directly to benefit adults with developmental disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy.

The Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund will celebrate its anniversary on Sept. 8 at the Rancho Santa Fe. Dr. Razelle Kurzrock, UCSD’s Moore’s Cancer Center will be the guest speaker. Kurzrock leads the new Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy. The mission of the RSF Women’s Fund is to educate, inspire and increase the number of women committed to philanthropy in order to strengthen the community and impact lives through informed focused, collective giving.

Joyce GlazerJoyce Glazer

Please send news items to Joyce Glazer at joyceg@sandiegomagazine.com.

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