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Voices for Children’s Starry Starry Night Gala Raises $1.25 Million

Plus, cupcakes for a cause and golfing to give back

By Sarah Sapeda

Voices for Children’s virtual Starry Starry Night gala brought in around $1.25 million to recruit and train court-appointed special advocates (CASA) to represent the interests of abused and neglected children in San Diego County. During the event, the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra and San Diego Children’s Choir performed, and Carolina Finch was named CASA of the Year. Some of the more than 750 participants upgraded their viewing experience with delivered Gala-on-the-Go boxes, which included event guides, Champagne, and starry lanterns; or appetizers, entrees, and cocktails from Waters Fine Foods & Catering.

Good News / Cupcake Wars

These sweet treats from Little Cakes Kitchen benefit local students

As if we needed a reason to eat more cupcakes. Gelson’s Market has teamed up with Cupcake Wars winner Little Cakes Kitchen to raise money for the Carlsbad Education Foundation. A portion of the proceeds from Little Cakes’ floral cupcakes four-packs—on sale at Gelson’s Carlsbad location through November 22—will support Carlsbad public schools.

“The pandemic has had a profound impact on our education system, and the funding needs to support student learning and programming, especially in distance learning environments, are greater than ever,” said Gelson’s Chief Merchandising Officer John Bagan. “We can think of no better way to put smiles on faces and raise money for a worthy cause than with a locally made sweet treat.”

Good News / Swing with Santa

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center is gearing up for its Swing with Santa golf tournament.

This Friday, St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center will host its seventh annual Swing with Santa golf tournament to raise money to host a fun holiday celebration for its students and give each one a gift. SMSC is planning an event for later this year with live music, an ugly sweater contest, art ornament presentations, and a visit from Santa.

“In this challenging year, we need our community’s help more than ever to make the tournament a success to fund this wonderful, heartwarming celebration during the holidays for our over 400 students with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Debra Emerson, CEO of SMSC.

If you’d like to tee off for a great cause, head to Singing Hills Golf Resort Pine Glen for a 10:30 a.m. check-in and a shotgun start at noon with games and prizes at select holes, an opportunity drawing, and SMSC’s first ever Golf Ball Drop. Individual golfers are $120 and foursomes are $440. Visit to register.

Clint Bell, Sharon Morris, and Sabrina Goosby host Voices for Children’s virtual Starry Starry Night gala.

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