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The SoCal (Social Calendar!)

From black-tie galas to costumed 5Ks, these events will keep your social calendar full—and you feeling good

Participants at A Short Walk Home, to support Father Joe's Villages




Thursday, August 15:

During Carruth Cellars's Corks for a Cause, support Serving Seniors at Carruth's Solana Beach urban winery and tasting room. From 6 to 9 p.m., 20 percent of all proceeds will go to the local nonprofit helping elderly San Diegans living in poverty. 118 South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach. 

Tuesday, August 20:

Dine in or carry out at Mendocino Farms's Carlsbad location from 5 to 8 p.m., and a delicious fifty percent will go to the Berry Good Food Foundation. Print this flyer and present it at Mendocino Farms's 2674 Gateway Road location.

August 23-24:

The annual Sharp HospiceCare Benefit Dinner and Regatta will once again sail into San Diego Bay to raise money for Homes for Hospice, which provides care and support for those with a life-limiting illness. Reserve your spot at the 6 p.m. pre-race dinner at Hotel del Coronado or to watch the race from the Coronado Yacht Club here. Tickets for the dinner are $225 and $150 for the race.  

What makes Wounded Warrior Project’s Carry Forward 5K unique is what it looks like. Participants carry a flag, a weight, or another person through the course to raise money and awareness for wounded veterans. Adult registration is $35.

Sunday, August 25:

At the 7thAnnual Walk for Sobriety, walk or run in support of McAlister Institute, a nonprofit org that provides support for individuals and families suffering from addiction, mental illness and homelessness. NTC Park in Liberty Station



Saturday, September 7:

The San Diego Botanic Garden hosts its 20th annual Gala in the Garden: Cultivating Community. Experience gourmet cuisine, signature cocktails, and a first look at the new exhibit space, the Dickinson Family Education Conservatory. 5-10 p.m. Tickets, $250. 

Sunday, September 8:

San Diego’s top chefs will compete in the Seany Foundation’s second annual Chef’s Fest for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Attendees of all ages will taste each dish and vote on their favorite. The event will raise money for families and children affected by cancer. Children 5 years old and under can attend for free while tickets for 6 to 10-year-olds are $26.  

Saturday, September 14:

The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa will host Wine & Wishes to benefit Make-A-Wish San Diego. The event will feature winemakers and owners from Napa Valley, local indie craft breweries, San Diego chefs, live auctions, luxury raffles, and live entertainment.

Think Red Project’s Red Dress Gala is a celebration to raise funds and awareness for organizations that serve the San Diego HIV/AIDS community. At the event—held at The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier—all attendees are required to wear a red dress. Tickets start at $55.

The San Diego County Public Defender’s Community Outreach Committee will host a James Bond-themed Casino Royale fundraiser at the San Diego Museum of Natural History in Balboa Park. Proceeds will benefit Just in Time for Foster Youth, a nonprofit that engages the local community to help transition age foster youth achieve self-sufficiency and well-being. Early-bird tickets are priced at $100 until August 30, then $120 through September 10. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are also available.   

Monday, September 16:

The annual Semper Fi Open Charity Golf Tournament was started by a father/daughter duo to help cultivate relationships between members of the U.S. Armed Forced and their families. 100 percent of donations go to the Semper Fi Fund which provides resources and support for wounded, ill, and injured service members, veterans, and their families.  Dinner tickets start at $150 per guest.

Saturday, September 21:

The Immunotherapy Foundation is bringing Billy Idol to the Music Box in Little Italy for its third annual Rock & Roll Avalanche. VIP reception begins at 6:00 pm. Tickets start at $500 or you can donate any amount here.

One Love Movement’s 8th Annual Charity Yoga Event will fund initiatives that support foster youth and refugee families needing support upon entry to the United States. The event includes an outdoor yoga class, concert by Trevor Hall, a wellness garden, and a kids’ corner. General admission starts at $35.

Sunday, September 22:

The Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF) will host its 16th annual Harvest for Hope fundraiser to benefit low-income, underprivileged families whose children are undergoing treatment for cancer. In addition to music and a live and silent auction, there will be wine and beer pairings with all your favorite cuisine from Carnitas’ Crack Shack, Hash House A Go Go, Pamplemousse Grille, JRDN Restaurant, Legal Restaurants, the Lodge at Torrey Pines, Morton’s Steakhouse, Punch Bowl Social, Waypoint Public, and more. From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Liberty Station’s BRICK. Tickets start at $160.

Saturday, September 28:

South Bay Community Services’ 20th Annual Change Their Lives Gala will raise money to support children healing from the trauma of violence and abuse. The theme is Margaritaville, and the event will be held at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa complete with signature cocktails, haute cuisine, an auction, and music. Tickets start at $300.

Voices for Children has put on Starry Starry Night in San Diego since 2002 to benefit the CASA program (Court Appointed Special Advocate). The event will be held on Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa’s Croquet Lawn and will include a cocktail reception, dining, a live auction, and dancing.

San Diego Chief David Nisleit and America’s Finest officers will unite for San Diego Police Foundation’s 8th annual Gold Shield Gala, at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. This year, the money raised will go to the K9 Crimefighter Campaign, which funds the purchase of new police dogs for America’s Finest K9 Unit as well as equipment and training to keep this renowned unit at its peak. 5:00 p.m. Tickets, $300. 

Come out for the St. Jude Walk/Run at NTC Liberty Station to celebrate Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and, most importantly, to “end childhood cancer.”   



Wednesday, October 2:

On Wrongful Convictions Day, join the California Innocence Project as they celebrate 20 years during their XONR8 Gala at the Headquarters at Seaport Village. 6-9 p.m. 

Thursday, October 10:

The Big Brothers Big Sisters 57th Annual Gourmet Dinner at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla aims to raise money to fund more than 500 children for a full year of mentoring programs. A seafood cocktail party and dinner will be followed by an after-party with live music and drinks. Cocktail attire; Tickets, $500. 

Saturday, October 19:

Fresh Starts Surgical Gifts will host its 28th annual gala Bootleggers Ball at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine. The goal is to raise at least $200,000 to fund no-cost reconstructive surgery and healthcare services for kids with physical deformities.

Sunday, October 27:

At the Timken Museum of Art’s Orange & Black Soiree: Café Karrant (with singer Jonathan Karrant), there will be no auction or raise the paddle, just good food (Pamplemousse Grille and Veuve!) and entertainment. The goal is to raise money for the Museum’s art outreach programs and free admission. Tickets start at $500



Saturday, November 9:

The Crystal Ball Gala will benefit Casa de Amparo, whose mission is to treat and prevent child abuse and neglect. Held at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, the night will include a cocktail reception and dinner by Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse Grille, plus dancing and a live and silent auction. “Help Casa Kids look into their own crystal ball and see a brighter future.” 

Return to the days of big hair and legwarmers at the New Children's Museum’s Totally 80s Birthday Bash. Individual tickets start at $250. Proceeds help offset costs for about a quarter of the museum’s guests.


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