At the 2014 Global Swimarathon Sunday, Feb. 23 at La Jolla Shores, 49 swimmers covered three courses — the original 100-yard course parallel to the beach, an intermediate course, and the XL course to the tip of Scripps Pier. The La Jolla Sunrise Rotary-sponsored event was a fundraiser for the global fight against polio, netting $10,000 for the cause this year. Polio is a crippling disease still endemic in three countries worldwide.
The 105th anniversary of the Charity Ball took place Feb. 8, 2014 at Hotel Del Coronado to benefit Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. The “From the Heart” gala featured dinner and dancing to raise funds for the hospital’s cardiovascular intensive care unit. To staff and equip the CVICU for its first year, Rady Children’s must make an investment of $2.5 million; additional funds are needed to sustain annual costs.
The Women’s Auxiliary of Seacrest Village Retirement Communities held its 36th annual Sapphire Jubilee gala at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, honoring philanthropists Sylvia and David Geffen. The event was attended by 350 guests, and with the help of its auction, raised more than $350,000 for charitable care for residents who, due to illness or injury, have exhausted their financial resources. Seacrest Village Retirement Communities in Encinitas and Rancho Bernardo have been serving the community in the Jewish tradition since 1944.
San Diego Symphony members Mary Barranger on piano and Eddie Stein on violin, were the featured performers at a Sunday Musicale on Jan. 26 presented at the Darlington House in La Jolla to benefit the Social Service League’s housing program for seniors.
The La Jolla-based philanthropy organization Las Patronas held a luncheon at the La Jolla Beach & Tennic Club on Jan. 22 to present the $400,000 it raised (mostly through the annual Jewel Ball) to pre-selected beneficiaries.
The 84th annual Scripps Candlelight Ball took place Dec. 7, 2013 at The Grand Del Mar in Carmel Valley (San Diego). The black-tie affair was held to raise funds for Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla’s Prebys Cardiovascular Institute, which is set to open in 2015. The gala featured dining, dancing and the chance for medical professionals and benefactors to kick back and mingle in the magic of the elegant setting.
St. Germaine Children’s Charity held its 30th annual Silver Tea benefit at the home of Claire Reiss in La Jolla Farms, Dec. 10, 2013. The nonprofit helps fund social-service agencies responsible for the care, shelter and treatment of abused and at-risk children from birth to age 18.
As a breast cancer survivor who was also diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, part-time La Jolla resident Ann Romney, wife of presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, has become a health advocate. In support of breast cancer and vision research, she gave the keynote address at a fundraiser holiday high tea, “Visions of Success: From Research to Reality,” hosted by The Vision of Children Foundation, held at The Grand Del Mar.
The Bishop’s School hosted a Christmas Tree Lighting Party on its quad for the La Jolla community. Families gathered to hear carols by The Bishop’s Singers, Christmas messages from Chaplain Brian Fidler and Head of School Aimeeclaire Roche, and enjoy holiday treats. There was also a collection of gift cards donated to teens from the St. Vincent de Paul Society, a moment of silence to mark the passing of South African President Nelson Mandela, and a surprise visit from Santa Claus.
The La Jolla Music Society hosted a Flamenco Luncheon at La Valencia Hotel to promote its upcoming Dance Series at Spreckels Theatre in downtown San Diego. The Society will present three world-class dance troupes in 2014: Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (Feb. 15); Gala Flamenca (March 13); and Alonzo King Lines Ballet (May 17).