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

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.

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