A benefit for education, support and financial assistance to families with infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) throughout San Diego was held Aug. 10, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla. The Miracle Babies Casino Royale soiree featured food, drinks, Monte Carlo-style gaming and silent and live auctions.
Each year the proceeds provide seed money for the kind of groundbreaking research that turns ideas into life-saving innovation.
La Jolla Music Society presented its SummerFest Gala, “A Midsummer Night,” on Aug. 10, 2013 at the home of Hanna and Mark Gleiberman. Chaired by Peggy Preuss, the evening featured a cocktail reception and dinner with an intimate chamber music performance by SummerFest artists Philippe Quint, Michelle Kim, Eric Wong, Felix Umansky, Steven Lin and SummerFest Music Director Cho-liang Lin. Proceeds will benefit the music society’s education, outreach and artistic programs.
From the south side of Chicago rose the 1970s-’80s classic-rock band, Styx, who performed some of their hits, like “Come Sail Away,” at the 6th annual Rock the Cure concert Aug. 4, 2013. The outdoor event was held at the La Jolla cliffside residence of Lisa and Steve Altman (president of Qualcomm) to raise funds for Type 1 pediatric diabetes research at UC San Diego. Last year’s event raised $565,000. Some of San Diego’s top restaurants were on hand with staff serving appetizers and cocktails.
Las Patronas presented its 67th annual Jewel Ball, “Lucky 13,” Aug. 3 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. Guests partook of cocktails, appetizers, a silent auction, and then had dinner before dancing under the stars to the music of Wayne Foster Entertainment. Las Patronas provides financial assistance to nonprofit organizations in San Diego that provide community services in health, education, social services and cultural arts to enhance the quality of life for all.
A surfer and one-time San Diegan, Kary Mullis, won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1993 for his invention of the polymerase chain reaction, considered one of the monumental scientific techniques of the 20th century.
That year, Mullis also became the founding honorary chair of the Luau and Longboard Invitational, a benefit for the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center that unites two passions in San Diego: surfing and science.
Some 1,100 hungry La Jollans showed up to support the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla at its 50th annual pancake breakfast, Saturday morning, July 27, 2013 at the La Jolla Recreation Center. The club said early counts show the event raised about $1,000 more than last year’s breakfast. Each year the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla donates more than $175,000 through the La Jolla Kiwanis Foundation, the majority of which is given to organizations in La Jolla and San Diego with an emphasis on children.
La Jolla Sunrise Rotary recently donated $28,085 to the non-profit, Angel Faces. The funds were raised at “For the Sake of Angels,” a gala co-chaired by Barbara Gerber and Janice Sedloff. Since 2003, Angel Faces has been providing healing retreats and ongoing support for severely burned and disfigured adolescent girls.
La Jollans were among the estimated 400,000 people who participated in the 2013 annual San Diego LGBT pride events, including a sold-out gala Friday night, July 12 at the historic Burnham House near Balboa Park.
The San Diego Center for Children, the city’s oldest nonprofit organization serving youth, hosted its 126th Anniversary Dinner on June 20, 2013 at the US Grant Hotel. Guests helped raise $230,000 for the center, whose mission is to promote the well-being of children, youth, families and communities by providing an array of behavioral health, educational and social services.