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  • Oct
    6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    SD Humane Society Fur Ball
    Location: San Diego Humane Society - View Map


    Each year, the Fur Ball is a special opportunity to celebrate our compassion for animals and the people who love them. It’s also one of our most important fundraisers of the year!

    Thanks to generous friends like you, we were able to meet our match goal for the Fur Ball 2020 campaign and raised over $600,000! 

    We cannot thank you enough for helping to transform the lives of animals in need, giving them the magic of hope, healing and a second chance. While we've missed seeing San Diego's pets in their finest, we are grateful to you for helping to make this year's unique Fur Ball a success for the animals!

    Please mark your calendars for our 35th annual Fur Ball, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 2.

    We look forward to joining together to celebrate our shared compassion for animals with an evening under the stars. While we are optimistic that the Fur Ball will be an in-person event, we will continue to evaluate based on the safety and comfort our guests and will share additional information as the event nears.

    For more information, please email

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  • Oct
    6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Midnight In Paris
    Location: Spreckels Organ Pavilion - View Map


    Dine under the stars with a gourmet French-inspired menu by Je­ffrey Strauss with a Cocktail Reception | Live Auction | After-Party Dancing with NRG 

    Gala Chairs: Merridee Book, Roxi Link, Julie Cowan Novak President: Nancie Geller 

    Our work depends on support from generous individuals like you to help sustain our 10 beneficiaries world-class levels of programming, conservation, research, education, and so much more. Your gift helps ensure their vital services remain available for all of San Diego and enables millions of visitors to experience the extraordinary power of arts, culture, and science.

    Our mission is more critical than ever during these challenging times! The Prado’s legacy institutions of art, culture, and science need funding now more than ever.

    Thank you for your support!

    Supporting an extraordinary collection of arts and cultural institutions at Balboa Park—the nation’s largest cultural urban park.

    The Prado is Balboa Park’s central promenade, a crown jewel famous for its historical artisan-crafted facades, lush gardens, sparkling pools and flowing fountains. The area is alive with highly prized attractions, exhibitions and performances. The Prado is provides a world-class cultural and educational experience for the millions of locals and visitors from around the world who frequent Balboa Park each year.

    Since 1997, Patrons of the Prado has funded over $4.4 million and provided tens of thousands of all-volunteer hours to benefit the distinguished array of arts, science and cultural organizations that occupy the Prado in Balboa Park.

    You can help make an impact for a wide range of Balboa Park’s cultural landmarks and the future of our community’s arts, science and culture by supporting Patrons of the Prado. Our annual Masterpiece Gala is one of San Diego’s premier black tie charity fundraising events each year. 

    Your Donations At Work:

    Patrons of the Prado has funded over $4.4 million supporting the important missions of 10 world-class arts, science and cultural organizations in Balboa Park.63% 

    MORE STUDENTS EXPERIENCED BALBOA PARK THROUGH OUR BUCKS4BUSES PROGRAM IN 2018 In 2018 thanks to your support, over 57,000 San Diego County School students, grades K-12, had access to transportation and educational programs provided by our world-class beneficiaries. Approximately 65% were Title 1 schools. For many, this was their first time experiencing Balboa Park and represents a 63% increase in student participation over 2017. 

    When you support Patrons you help each organization to continue to inspire minds, spirits and imaginations.

    Visit our website for ticketing and sponsorship opportunities.

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  • Oct
    5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    All Revved Up
    Location: San Diego Automotive Museum - View Map

    Please join us to celebrate the re-opening of the updated and upgraded world-class San Diego Automotive Museum! This will be a fun & elegant outside event on the newly renovated Pan American Plaza in Balboa Park. 

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  • Oct
    5:30 pm - 11:55 pm
    La Fête Magnifique
    Location: Ranco Valencia Resort & Spa - View Map

    Join us for an amazing night in Rancho Santa Fe to celebrate and raise funds and awareness for Miracle Babies.  

    This annual sold-out event brings together prominent top businesses, social and philanthropic leaders. 

    Our distinguished guests will enjoy an evening of gourmet cuisine and libations, a chance to bid on spectacular live auction opportunities and dancing the night away at club rouge.  
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  • Nov
    5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Saved In America
    Location: U.S. Grant Hotel - View Map

    History of Saved in America

    A California Non- Profit Organization of Former Police Officers and Navy SEALs turned Licensed Private Investigators who assist Parents and Law Enforcement in locating Missing & Exploited Children

    Founder: Pastor Joseph A. Travers, CPI, CCDI, CMECI

    On September 21, 2009 I was reading an article from the Orange County Register, “Retired Terror Hunters Hope to End Child Sex Slavery” (in foreign countries). This brought to mind the news I heard recently regarding a missing 17-year-old girl who left her parent’s home in New York. Brittanee Drexel was last seen in a hotel video in South Carolina on April 25th. Where was she? (In August 2016 the FBI reported that Brittanee was taken from the hotel in Myrtle Beach by a gang member pimp to a stash house in North Carolina for several days then repeatedly raped by gang members, shot dead and fed to alligators.)

    As a former Police Detective and current Licensed Private Investigator, I have seen countless cases of missing children. The statistics are grim and disheartening. I knew many children ended up being trafficked into human slavery and felt compelled to meet the “Terror Hunters”, to see if there was a way to perform these rescues here in the United States. I immediately made arrangements to meet these former special operations ‘Terror Hunters’. Through a series of meetings, I met a former Navy SEAL, Jeff Bramstedt who, along with Trial Attorney Alexandria Phillips, helped form Saved In America (SIA). It was decided after several meetings and operational discussions that Saved In America would focus on preventing gangbanger/pimp/predator/slave traders from securing girls to traffic here in the United States. This meant targeting children before they could be trafficked. 

    Saved in America would find the missing children, the runaways like Brittanee. In the summer of 2014 I was introduced to Bill Lynch of the Lynch Foundation for Children, who graciously funded our first operation. In December 2014 SIA recovered its first child.The Saved in America team model consists of three pillars:

    1. We never charge parents/ guardians to find their children. 
    2. We do this voluntarily, refusing pay. 
    3. We only use former Special Operators and retired/ current Police Detectives who become Licensed and Insured Private Investigators.

    Saved in America currently has over 30 operators; all licensed and insured Private Investigators consisting of former Navy SEALs, Marine Recon Raiders, British SAS, and retired Police Officers. In addition, SIA has an Executive Director, Legal Director, Case Manager, Community Outreach/ Events Coordinator, Training and Child Rehabilitation Director, Social Networking Investigator, Licensed Drone Operators and State Licensed Firearms Instructors. 

    Since our initial operation in December 2014 Saved in America has performed 137 successful child recoveries (out of 137 cases). The approach and techniques used by Saved in America help guide the rest of the nation on how to stop child sex trafficking before it happens, by focusing on runaway and missing children. Saved In America has taught it’s investigative techniques to the Human Smuggling & Trafficking Center, Washington, DC, Licensed Investigator Associations in Texas, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama, and, for the Naval Special Warfare Command in Coronado, California.

    Thank you ‘Terror Hunters’ for your inspiration and Bill Lynch for your generous heart in the remembrance of Brittanee Drexel, who started and continues to drive Saved in America’s work. On November 1, 2018 at the 2nd annual Saved In America ‘Child Saved Not Sold event in Del Mar, California, Saved In America awarded its first ‘Brittanee Drexel Scholarship’ to a survivor of Child Sex Trafficking. Brittanee’s mother Dawn presented the award. 

    The Saved in America story has been published in a book titled - “Investigation of Missing & Exploited Children: The Gateway of Child Sex Trafficking, 2nd Edition October 2018. Available for purchase here.
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  • Nov
    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Location: Petco Park - View Map

    Experience an evening like never before under the gleaming lights of Petco Park. Enjoy cocktails, gourmet food, silent and live auctions, and special entertainment. 

    The 2021 Founders Gala “Field of Dreams” is not to be missed. Net proceeds support USD student scholarships.

    This year’s event will be held at the architecturally magnificent Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. Since 2004, the open-air stadium set in the heart of the city has been regarded as “The world's best ballpark in America’s Finest City.” With stunning views of San Diego Bay and the city skyline, Petco Park is more than a baseball stadium, it is the ultimate setting for an unforgettable event and this year's Founders Gala.


    The Founders Gala is the University of San Diego’s signature fundraising event that provides scholarships to USD’s best and brightest undergraduate, graduate, and law students. This event was born in 2009 and over those years has raised more than $4 million to directly support USD students.
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  • Nov
    7:00 pm - 11:55 pm
    Teddy Ball
    Location: Hyatt Regency at Aventine - View Map


    The Teddy Ball is a high energy, black-tie holiday celebration hosted yearly in San Diego by local nonprofit, Cruise 4 Kids. Our event brings together 1,500+ amazing people to collect teddy bears for sick & underprivileged children, promote awareness of our beneficiaries, and celebrate the Christmas season.

    Each guest is required to bring a new stuffed teddy bear which we collect for distribution to multiple organizations (Autism Tree Project FoundationBoys & Girls Clubs of San DieguitoMiracle BabiesEaster Seals SoCalPromises2KidsFather Joe's Villages, and other local churches and orphanages) in time for holiday gifting.

    As guests enter they will be treated to a paparazzi experience on the red carpet on their way to a night of festivities which includes live DJ, fashion show, dancing, confetti cannons, multiple bars, exotic cars, a huge pile of teddy bears, silent auctions, magicians, photos with Santa & Elves, photo booth, candy buffet and exclusive VIP Lounge. 

    Guests will enjoy the photo opportunity of submerging themselves into the large collection of teddy bears called Teddy Wall.

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  • Dec
    10:00 am - 2:30 pm
    The Arc: Winter Wonderland
    Location: The Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel - View Map


    Join us for a Winter Wonderland Luncheon & Fashion Show benefiting The Arc of San Diego on Friday, December 3, 2021!

    Presented by Leonard Simpson, Winter Wonderland features a silent auction, vendor boutique, luncheon and fashion show with the season's finest trends. All proceeds benefit children and adults with disabilities at The Arc of San Diego. 

    When: Friday, December 3, 2021
    Where: The Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel
    1 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

    10:00 AM: Registration, Vendor Boutique & Silent Auction
    12:00 PM: Luncheon & Fashion Show

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