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Gold Diggers celebrate 25 years of philanthropy with Hats Off to San Diego luncheon in La Jolla

Sharon Henry wearing $500 Money Hat, G.O.L.D. Digger of the Year honoree Brenda Ferich, Jackie Bailey, Gerri Teyssier
Sharon Henry wearing $500 Money Hat, G.O.L.D. Digger of the Year honoree Brenda Ferich, Jackie Bailey, Gerri Teyssier
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The G.O.L.D. Diggers presented their annual Hats Off to San Diego luncheon, April 13, at the Estancia Hotel & Spa in La Jolla . Co-chaired by Jackie Bailey and Brenda Ferich, this year’s 25th anniversary event saw a total of $25,000 ($5000 each) awarded to five San Diego nonprofits — B.A.B.E.S. (Beating Alzheimers By Embracing Science), A Bridge For Kids, The Challenge Center, The Glenner Center and San Diego MOM.

The G.O.L.D. Diggers was founded 25 years ago by Betty Mabee and the “Golden Nuggets,” a core group of dedicated women. With their contributions in the early years, many small San Diego charities grew to become major nonprofit organizations serving the community — including Monarch School, Just InTime For Foster Youth, and ARTS: A Reason To Survive, to name a few.

The highlight of the luncheon is always the Betty Mabee Hat Parade, when 10-15 nonprofit agencies model hats designed with a theme that reflects their organizations. For their efforts, each is awarded a minimum of $500 with winners earning up to $2,500.

For details about the G.O.L.D. Diggers, visit golddiggerssandiego.org

Rosemarie Bergdahl, Linda Phillips, Charlotte Perry and Keith Webb, as the Mad Hatter
Rosemarie Bergdahl, Linda Phillips, Charlotte Perry and Keith Webb, as the Mad Hatter
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Denise Nunez, Kimberly McIntyre, Carol Ann Scharbarth, Ursula Mix and Susan Fancher
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Charlotte Rand, Jane Austin, Marge Herrman, Sonia Wilson
Charlotte Rand, Jane Austin, Marge Herrman, Sonia Wilson
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Ann Fomon and Gary Joe Ulloa, Cristull Hasson, Phyllis Parrish
Ann Fomon and Gary Joe Ulloa, Cristull Hasson, Phyllis Parrish
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Leslie Carter with Merle Lotherington
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The hat entry from the La Jolla Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution
The hat entry from the La Jolla Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution
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Light One Little Candle’s hat design entry
Light One Little Candle’s hat design entry
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North Coast Repertory Theatre’s entry won the 18-Karat Gold Award ($2,500) and the Golden Shovel Award for Best Theme Hat ($750)
North Coast Repertory Theatre’s entry won the 18-Karat Gold Award ($2,500) and the Golden Shovel Award for Best Theme Hat ($750)
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San Diego Civic Youth Ballet’s design entry
San Diego Civic Youth Ballet’s design entry
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Social Services League of La Jolla’s entry won the 49er Award ($1,500)
Social Services League of La Jolla’s entry won the 49er Award ($1,500)
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All entries on stage for the finale!
All entries on stage for the finale!
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