Philanthropy

  • 'Minuit a Versailles' event benefits Miracle Babies

    'Minuit a Versailles' event benefits Miracle Babies

    The ninth annual Miracle Babies gala, this year themed “Minuit à Versailles,” was held Oct. 20 at the Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa. The event raises financial support for families with critically ill newborns and their families throughout San Diego County. “Minuit à Versailles” guests had the opportunity...

  • Junior League of San Diego hosts 1920s-themed gala

    Junior League of San Diego hosts 1920s-themed gala

    Junior League of San Diego welcomed hundreds of guests to a magical night Oct. 13 at its third annual gala to support youth transitioning out of foster care, combat human trafficking in San Diego and empower women to become strong volunteer leaders in the community. The event was held at Morgan...

  • Here's looking at you, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus! 'As Time Goes By' gala raises $43,000

    Here's looking at you, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus! 'As Time Goes By' gala raises $43,000

    More than 140 guests gathered at The Westgate Hotel on Oct. 6, to kick-off the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) 2018-19 season (its 64th!) during its annual gala benefit. This year's fundraiser, "As Time Goes By," took its theme from the classic movie "Casablanca." Elements of the film were seen...

  • San Diego Symphony Opus Gala

    San Diego Symphony Opus Gala

    The San Diego Symphony hosted its annual Opus Gala – the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year – Oct. 4 at the University Club’s Symphony Towers. The event included a concert featuring famed pianist Lang Lang and Edo de Waart. Before the seated dinner, SDS board chair Dr. Warren Kessler,...

  • Starry Starry Night raises $1.5 million in support of Voices for Children

    Starry Starry Night raises $1.5 million in support of Voices for Children

    Starry Starry Night, the signature event of Voices for Children (VFC), was held Sept. 29 at the Sahm Estate at Del Dios Ranch. The 16th annual gala grossed $1.5 million in support of Voices for Children and its volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program. With the funds raised through...

  • La Jolla Community Center hosts 10th anniversary party

    La Jolla Community Center hosts 10th anniversary party

    Offering a sample of all it has to offer, a party was held Friday, Sept. 21 at the La Jolla Community Center to recognize the 10th anniversary of its operations at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. With wine and hors d'oeuvres in every corner, the event featured artist demonstrations, performances from some...

  • 2018 Old Globe Theatre Gala

    2018 Old Globe Theatre Gala

    The Old Globe held its 2018 Globe Gala Sept. 22 at The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center in support of the theatre’s arts engagement and artistic programs. The event featured a special performance by singer Andra Day. The black-tie event also included an elegant reception of cocktails and...

  • Monte Carlo gala raises funds for MCASD

    Monte Carlo gala raises funds for MCASD

    The 42nd annual benefit for the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) took place Sept. 8 at the home of Iris and Matthew Strauss in Rancho Santa Fe. “Monte Carlo: An Art Affair,” treated art patrons to cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, culinary creativity, game tables and open air dancing to raise...

  • La Jolla Shores bids farewell to Barbarella restaurant's Barbara Beltaire and greets new owners

    La Jolla Shores bids farewell to Barbarella restaurant's Barbara Beltaire and greets new owners

    With floor-to-ceiling decorations — and festivities spilling onto the sidewalk — the official hand-off of Barbarella restaurant at 2171 Avenida de la Playa in La Jolla Shores was celebrated in true Barbara Beltaire fashion, Sunday, Sept. 16. Outgoing owner Beltaire announced last month she would...

  • Midway Patriot Award goes to Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly

    Midway Patriot Award goes to Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly

    A spectacular summer evening under the stars was held Aug. 30 on the flight deck of the USS Midway, where the 12th annual Midway American Patriot Award was presented to former three-term Congress member Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, former astronaut and Space Shuttle Commander Mark Kelly,...

  • Fashion luncheon raises funds for Sophie’s Center

    Fashion luncheon raises funds for Sophie’s Center

    The 41st annual St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center “Haute with Heart” fashion show luncheon took place Aug. 4 at the Bayfront Hilton. Proceeds raised will be used to fund the unique programs the Center in El Cajon offers to some 400 adults with developmental disabilities (e.g. autism, Down syndrome,...

  • League House picnic a ‘Fiesta in Havana’

    League House picnic a ‘Fiesta in Havana’

    Residents of La Jolla’s League House were “transported” to the capital of Cuba on Aug. 12, during the Rotary Club of La Jolla’s 15th annual picnic, themed “Fiesta in Havana.” The League House, 7465 Olivetas Ave., provides housing for seniors who have lived and worked in the San Diego area and who...

  • Las Patronas Jewel Ball: Mexico's flavors and culture inspire 2018 gala

    Las Patronas Jewel Ball: Mexico's flavors and culture inspire 2018 gala

    The Las Patronas Jewel Ball took place Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, marking the 72nd time the annual fundraiser was held since 1946. With the 2018 theme "Viva La Vida," guests were treated to elaborate sets, exquisite culinary treats and inspiring entertainment that celebrated...

  • For the 72nd time: La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club set to host Las Patronas' Jewel Ball

    For the 72nd time: La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club set to host Las Patronas' Jewel Ball

    Over the last 71 years, the Las Patronas signature Jewel Ball has changed fundamentally. It went from a simply orchestrated, one-beneficiary fundraiser organized by 14 stay-at-home women to a La Jolla icon that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars to dole out to dozens of beneficiaries each...

  • LET THEM EAT PANCAKES! Another flipping success for Kiwanis Club of La Jolla

    LET THEM EAT PANCAKES! Another flipping success for Kiwanis Club of La Jolla

    When the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla held its first pancake breakfast, John F. Kennedy was president. Fifty-four years later, the club’s annual “gift to the community” showed no signs of slowing. On Saturday, July 28, it served up a mountain of pancakes, fixin’s, family activities and music to young...

  • Las Patronas’ ‘Taking Flight’ Jewel Ball 2017 comes in for smooth landing

    Las Patronas’ ‘Taking Flight’ Jewel Ball 2017 comes in for smooth landing

    The Las Patronas 71st Jewel Ball, with the theming and title of “Taking Flight,” welcomed 758 guests Aug. 5, 2017 to the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. Décor celebrating the Golden Age of luxurious air travel set the scene for an evening of dinner, dancing and an auction to raise money for this...

  • Pop! goes the MCASD gala to support Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

    Pop! goes the MCASD gala to support Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

    Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD)’s annual gala, July 29, 2017, saw the 41-year-old tradition moved from the La Jolla museum (closed while under renovation for a major expansion) to its downtown San Diego galleries at 1100 Kettner Blvd., for a night of fun. POP Factory, a la Andy Warhol’s...

  • Burger Time! Bird Rockers gather at community picnic in La Jolla

    Burger Time! Bird Rockers gather at community picnic in La Jolla

    Drawn in by the smokey smell of burgers on the grill and the sounds of children playing, Bird Rock residents of all ages gathered Aug. 1, 2017 at the Bird Rock Joint-Use Park (on the Bird Rock Elementary School campus) for the annual Bird Rock community picnic in La Jolla. The event was held in...

  • Athenaeum Music & Arts Library salutes its patrons at a party

    Athenaeum Music & Arts Library salutes its patrons at a party

    La Jolla’s Athenaeum Music & Arts Library hosted on-site its 28th annual Patron Party and “Order of the Olive” Awards on June 26, 2017 at 1008 Wall St. The event is held in honor of members at the Patron level and above. It included a cocktail hour, catered sit-down dinner, and a signature Patron...

  • Las Patronas hosts cocktails at The LOT

    Las Patronas hosts cocktails at The LOT

    The La Jolla-based women’s philanthropy group Las Patronas held a fundraising cocktail party at The LOT movie theater, April 27, as a laid-back way to prepare for the 2017 Jewel Ball. Themed “Taking Flight,” the annual gala will be lifting off Saturday, Aug. 5 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club,...

  • Rolls-Royce party kicks-off Concours weekend

    Rolls-Royce party kicks-off Concours weekend

    The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance opened Friday, April 7 with the Rolls-Royce Contemporary Classic Cocktail Party at The LOT on Fay Avenue. Organizers offered guests “a fabulous hosted evening filled with lively libations, elevated bites, Scotch tasting and incredible entertainment.” Saturday night’s...

  • Science Discovery Day adds engineering unit

    Science Discovery Day adds engineering unit

    Torrey Pines Elementary School introduced engineering-related activities to its 22nd annual Science Discovery Day event, April 19. In particular, students got to explore a helicopter interior after the chopper came in for a special landing on campus — part of the unit on how drones and other flying...

  • Village Garden Club’s annual show a bloomin’ success!

    Village Garden Club’s annual show a bloomin’ success!

    36 artists and 36 floral designers contributed their talents to the Village Garden Club of La Jolla’s 15th annual “Expressions in Art and Flowers” show, 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 20 at Congregation Beth Israel. Paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography and textiles — each entry an original...

  • La Jolla events support Voices for Children

    La Jolla events support Voices for Children

    The Voices for Children Fostering Hope Cocktail Party took place March 26, 2017 at the La Jolla Country Club. It was a prelude to the 25th Anniversary Golf Classic, March 27, chaired by Peter Farrell, Steven Strauss and Dale Yahnke. Proceeds will help Voices for Children continue the work of its...

  • La Jollans honored by Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary as 2017 ‘Women of Dedication’ at San Diego event

    La Jollans honored by Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary as 2017 ‘Women of Dedication’ at San Diego event

    The San Diego Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary saluted its “Angels of Dedication” for 2017 at a luncheon benefit, March 23 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Twelve women were honored for their years of community volunteer service, among them were three residents of La Jolla — Sally Fuller, Tracy Lyon...

79°