Save the Date

  • Oct
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Luxury Yacht Sirara Harbor Cruise
    Location: Shelter Islana Yacht Landing - View Map


    In celebratory fashion, Discover Magazines offers an afternoon's cruise on the Luxury Yacht Sirara in collaboration with Legacy Cruises and Events, across the waters of San Diego Harbor, inclusive of heavy Hors D'Oeuvres, wine bar, live entertainment, and grand give-away prizes. 

    This stunning, custom built, newly-constructed 65-foot luxury cruising yacht is U.S. Coast Guard certified for carrying up to 120 passengers.

    With over 1,500 square feet of entertainment space, with lower deck featuring upscale amenities, with air conditioning and ceiling to floor view windows, and a top deck for a grand, open-air viewing experience, it is a cruising experience readily enjoyed and long to be remembered. The afternoon's cruise will be limited to a select number of guests and surely will be sold out well in advance.

    Boarding will begin at 12:30 pm with a timely departure at 1 pm. Parking is easily accessed at the H&M Landing at 2803 Emerson Street, Shelter Island, San Diego, CA 92016. 

    The Sirara is reached by descending the walkway down to the boat dock with entry just to the right of the H&M Landing storefront and left of Point Loma Seafoods. 

    Early Bird Ticketing: $99

    After October 18th: $150

    No Refunds On Ticket Purchases

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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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    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Crystal Ball Gala
    Location: Fairbanks Country Club - View Map


    Crystal Ball Gala

    Enjoy an elegant evening featuring a lavish cocktail reception, a gourmet dinner by Chef Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse Grille, dancing to Kicks, and access to one-of-a-kind live auction items.

    Since 1999, visionary Crystal Ball Gala patrons and community members have raised substantial funds to help Casa Kids look into their own crystal ball and see a brighter future. 

    All proceeds raised at the Crystal Ball Gala directly benefit Casa de Amparo’s Programs.

    For more information on the event, contact Kate Fletcher at 760.566.3560.


    Our mission is to support those affected by and at risk of child abuse and neglect, through a range of programs and services that promote healing, growth, and healthy relationships.

    Child abuse and neglect is a serious problem nationally, statewide and in our own community. In fact, San Diego County has the second highest rate of substantiated reports among all counties in California. The good news is that the State, County and concerned citizens of San Diego are actively addressing the challenge of child abuse. Since 1978, Casa de Amparo has helped children and families heal, grow and create bright futures that will ultimately affect their own families and the future of our communities.

    Casa de Amparo reports progress on our goals via various means. We post our annual service delivery statistics on our website. We distribute an Annual Report and newsletters regularly. We mail and email updates to our donors regarding our accomplishments and needs throughout the year.Casa de Amparo established an independent financial Audit Committee prior to the legal requirement to do so because of our dedication to good governance and transparency. Many members of the committee are from the community and independent of other Casa endeavors. We use Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) software to track client progress and the effectiveness of each program. The data collected via this system is reflected in the reports mentioned previously and in submissions to foundations and other funders.

    Measuring Progress:
    Within the context of overall organizational goals, each program has its own unique objectives. Objectives and program activities are implemented within an educational framework, using every activity as a ‘teaching” or “exposure” opportunity, i.e. developing motor skills, learning interpersonal or coping skills, being exposed to diverse people, occupations, leisure activities, and arts and culture. In this way, we help children to know what their potential is and to heal, grow and create the future.Casa de Amparo has clear and specific goals for both the organization and each individual program, all focused on our mission of supporting those affected by and at risk of child abuse and neglect through a range of programs and services that promote healing, growth and healthy relationships. Casa de Amparo is a results-driven organization with clear goals, objectives, strategies and action plans based on a detailed strategic plan.

    Organizational Goals:
    To break the cycle of family violence and to prevent behaviors that endanger children.To protect, nurture and help to heal children who are victims of abuseTo equip children and parents with life skills and resources that may reduce the effects of abuse and neglectTo support, educate and redirect the energy of participating family members toward the positive resolution of their problems.To implement programs/services that further the Casa de Amparo Mission.To deliver services in a culturally sensitive manner.To provide education that prevents child abuse.To collaborate with organizations whose activities further the Casa de Amparo mission.

    Strategic Objectives:
    To research, prepare and expand the scope of our services, developing collaborative relationships and expanding into new geographic and programmatic areas.To cultivate an organizational culture dedicated to effective philanthropy that benefits and supports the Casa de Amparo Mission, placing increased emphasis on individual donors.To expand and enhance our resources by continuing to develop a strong and diverse Board of Directors that is knowledgeable and effective in governance, fundraising and public relations and maintaining a qualified and competent employee workforce, while emphasizing employee development and a strategic leadership/management structure.To enhance relations with policy/decision-makers/politicians and increase public awareness in our community about child abuse/neglect and Casa de Amparo’s mission.
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  • Nov
    5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Legends of Flight Celebration
    Location: San Diego Air & Space Museum - View Map


    Join the San Diego Air & Space Museum in celebrating the honorees on Saturday, November 20, 2021, in the Edwin D. McKellar Pavilion of Flight. Guests from around the world are assembling for a spectacular evening of fun and extraordinary recognition, as each guest is treated to a behind the scenes look into the lives of these air and space legends. Since 1963, the International Air & Space Hall of Fame has honored the world’s most significant pilots, crew members, visionaries, inventors, aerospace engineers, business leaders, preservationists, designers and space explorers.

    “We’re especially pleased to honor this exemplary Class of 2021 because these men and women are amongst the most talented figures in the history of air and space,” said Jim Kidrick, President & CEO of the San Diego Air & Space Museum. “Achievements in aviation and space, as embodied by the honorees in the International Air & Space Hall of Fame, directly represents the human pioneering and exploring spirit. November 20 is THE day of the year every guest remembers for the rest of their lives. Guests come from all over the globe just to be in the room with the Honorees and join in this momentous celebration.”

    The International Air & Space Hall of Fame Class of 2021:

    Ed Bolen is the President and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) in Washington, DC., and a member of the board of directors of the National Aeronautic Association. Prior to joining NBAA, Bolen was president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Bolen has also served as a member and chairperson of the Management Advisory Council (MAC) to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and a member of the Commission on the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry.

    The Commemorative Air Force (CAF), is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has over 11,000 members in all 50 states and 28 foreign countries.  It is the world’s largest flying museum with the goal to acquire, restore, and conserve combat aircraft in honor of American military aviation. The more than 175 aircraft currently in its fleet – known as the “CAF Ghost Squadron” – fly in air shows and events around the country with the purpose of educating the public about the men and women who have flown and fought for America’s freedom.

    Eileen Collins is the first female commander of the Space Shuttle and the first person to fly the Shuttle to two different space stations. In total, she had logged over 6,750 hours of flight time in 30 different types of aircraft, and over 38 days in space. Collins retired from the Air Force in 2005 as a colonel and from NASA in 2006.  She has been a strong advocate for women in the aerospace industry and has received numerous awards and honors, such as the Distinguished Flying Cross, NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal and the National Space Trophy. 

    Charlie Duke, Apollo 16 lunar module pilot became the tenth and youngest human being to walk on the surface of the moon on April 16, 1972. Apollo 16 was NASA’s second scientific expedition of the moon, during which time Duke logged 20.25 hours in extra-vehicular activities (EVA) and collected some 213 pounds of soil and geological samples. He took the only videos of the lunar rover “in action” as it skidded across the surface. Duke is also known for his crucial role as CAPCOM — the capsule communicator — during the hair-raising moon landing of Apollo 11.

    Federal Express started in April 1973 with 389 team members and 14 small aircraft, becoming one of the first major shipping companies to offer overnight delivery as a flagship service. Today FedEx Express is the world’s largest full-service, all-cargo airline and serves every ZIP code in the U.S. and more than 220 countries and territories. Their global network provides time-sensitive, air-ground express service through 650 airports worldwide.

    Bryan Moss is the Vice Chairman of the Board at Jet Support Services and President Emeritus of Gulfstream Aerospace, following a four-year appointment as President and Executive Vice President of the Aerospace Group General Dynamics Corporation. He is also the former President of the Business Aircraft Division of Bombardier Aerospace Group. In 2007, Moss was awarded the National Business Aviation Association’s Meritorious Service Aware, which is the association’s highest award for service and contributions to the business aviation industry.

    Dee O’Hara became the first aerospace nurse assigned to NASA’s first seven astronauts, the Mercury Seven in 1959. Since then, O’Hara participated in every launch in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs, allowing her to establish the foundations for the field of Space Nursing. After Skylab, she was invited to participate in the Apollo-Soyuz Test Program (ASTP) and the first shuttle flight in 1981. In 1974, O’Hara moved to the Ames Research Center where she managed the Human Research Facility until her retirement in 1997.

    Ross Perot, Jr. is an American businessman best known in aviation circles for making the first circumnavigation of the world in a helicopter at the age of 23. He served as a pilot in the United States Air Force for over 8 years and was appointed chairman of the Air Force Memorial Foundation where he led a 14-year effort to build the United States Air Force Memorial in Washington, DC. In 1988, he developed the Fort Worth Alliance Airport, the country’s first industrial airport. Perot is one of the founders of Perot Systems Corporation and has served the company in various capacities including as CEO, Chairman of the Board, and a member of its Board of Directors.

    Guests from around the world join the honorees for a spectacular evening of fun and extraordinary recognition, as each attendee is offered an experiential peek into the lives of these air and space legends.

    Since 1963, the International Air & Space Hall of Fame has honored more than 200 of the world’s most significant aviation pilots, crew members, visionaries, inventors, aerospace engineers, business leaders, preservationists, designers and space pioneers.

    Each honoree is selected for qualitative achievements and historic contributions to aviation, space or aerospace innovation, or expanding the public’s aviation and space awareness to the world. Their individual contributions are prime examples of endurance and the adventurous exploring spirit in the pursuit of knowledge and scientific advancement to benefit the world.

    Evenings Schedule:

    5:30 - Reception

    6:30 - Seating in Pavilion 

    6:45 - Welcome

    7:00 - Dinner

    7:30 - Introductions and Program

    Master. of Ceremonies
    Mark Larson - AM 760 Radio & KUSI TV

    This is a black tie optional eventPartnerships & Additional Information

    James G. Kidrick

    619.234.8291 x101

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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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