Save the Date

  • Apr
    5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
    Nice Guys Auction Gala
    Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt - View Map

    Family is the main focus of the Nice Guys. The majority of the money we raise goes to help families who have somehow “fallen through the cracks.” A medical bill, a car repair, clothes needed after a house fire, a wheelchair for a young man injured while being a Good Samaritan – this is the type of assistance offered by the Nice Guys. 

    Our goal is always to get people back on their feet and to be, once again, self sufficient.The Nice Guys have helped hundreds of deserving individuals and families throughout the San Diego community. Each year, we receive hundreds of requests for assistance from needy San Diegans. These requests are individually researched by members of the Charity Committee for approval. Requests come from individuals who might be temporarily unable to work, are caretakers for a special needs family member, or have had some unexpected life changing experience that require one time assistance.
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  • Apr
    7:00 pm - 12:00 am
    Art Alive Bloom Bash
    Location: San Diego Museum of Art - View Map


    APRIL 23–26 CANCELED:  Art Alive

    We are heartbroken that we must cancel Art Alive 2020. 

    Thank you for joining in our efforts to care for our community and we look forward to welcoming you back next year.

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  • Apr
    6:00 pm - 12:00 am
    Jewish Family Heart & Soul Gala
    Location: Hyatt Regency La Jolla At Aventine - View Map


    Every day, people turn to JFS because they need someone in their corner. We welcome everyone with dignity, compassion, and respect. We listen to clients’ whole stories—not just the needs that brought them here—and approach their challenges with their strengths, motivations, and unique circumstances in mind.

    We put people and their wellbeing at the center of everything we do.

    When people first contact JFS, it’s often with an urgent need like food, transportation, or housing. Others seek assistance for an aging parent or a new network of support. We start by helping people access the resources to stabilize their situation. Then, we work together to create a plan.

    With an approach rooted in supportive personal relationships and strong community partnerships, we deliver services that foster the health, skills, confidence, and resilience of every person we serve.

    Over time, our clients build a foundation of economic stability, personal wellbeing, and community connection that empowers them to thrive.

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    6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Food Bank Corks & Chefs Gala
    Location: San Diego Food Bank Warehouse - View Map

    The Food Bank’s annual gala will celebrate the beginning of the new decade while paying homage to the exuberance of the 1920s. This elegant evening event will feature the culinary talent of more than 30 of the county’s best chefs. 

    Each chef will be assigned to a table of 10 guests, acting as that table’s personal chef for the evening, preparing a multi-course meal of their signature dishes.
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  • May
    5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
    Father Joe's Magical Evening
    Location: U.S Grant Hotel - View Map

    We’ve moved to a Virtual Gala!


    With your health and safety in mind, we have decided to hold our annual Children’s Charity Gala virtually!

    This is a challenging time for everyone, but particularly for those who are homeless. Without the support of donors like you, critical needs like safe shelter, warm nutritious meals, healthcare, and so much more would not be available for the families we serve.

    The funds raised from the Children’s Charity Gala directly support programs and services for children experiencing homelessness including our fully licensed and accredited preschool and after-school programs, our Therapeutic Childcare Center as well as emergency and life-sustaining services like food, shelter and healthcare.

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    6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Making Miracles At Water's Edge
    Location: Costerrea - View Map


    Sunset Soirée: Making Miracles at Water's Edge

    Saturday, May 2, 2020
    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    It is with great regret we announce that the 2020 Making Miracles Gala originally scheduled for May 2 has been postponed. This decision was not made lightly and was based on the recommendations of several local and state agencies and organizations. But more importantly, the decision was made because it’s the right thing to do. It’s vital to ensure that all staff and volunteer resources be made available to the thousands of children, adults, and families in our community who rely on ECS. 

    While the gala will not continue on as planned, Episcopal Community Services remains committed to our mission of serving others through hope and dignity. The work does not stop, even if this gala has!  So we hope we can count on your previous commitments to continue that mission. And even if you hadn’t thought about giving anything, we encourage you to open your hearts and find a local charity of your choice to support. As one saying goes “there is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone up.” 

    We’re all a bit nervous and worried, but one way to quell those anxieties is to act: give often and generously to an organization that moves you. If that’s ECS, so be it, but in this San Diego community, we’re only as strong when we come together and support each other as a community, so please consider giving often to show solidarity to nonprofits in the area. 

    For any additional questions, please contact Andrea Muir, Development Director, at 619-228-2817 or t is with the spirit of compassion that we thank you for your kindness and understanding for this decision. 

    We look forward to the future gala event, to be scheduled in the months to come. We would like to thank our generous sponsors who, despite the postponement, are honoring their commitment to serving San Diego.
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  • Jun
    6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Dream On Foster Love Gala
    Location: Private Residence


    Our annual Dream On Concert Gala is attended by over 600 philanthropists, community, and business leaders dedicated to creating a brighter future for foster children™.

    Join us for this extraordinary event featuring a sunset cocktail reception, and elegant dinner prepared by acclaimed Executive Chef Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse Grille. 

    The private concert will follow immediately. Each year is a sell out and raises critical funds benefiting San Diego County foster youth of all ages.

    6:00 pm  Reception, Dinner, Live Auction & Concert

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  • Jun
    5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
    Jewels Of The Earth Gala
    Location: Fairbanks Ranch Country Club - View Map


    Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 32nd Annual Spring Fling Gala will be held Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club.

    Join us for an evening of tropical escape to the exotic and lavish forests of the Earth. Delight your senses and dine with twenty of San Diego’s finest restaurants, enjoy refreshing cocktails, silent and live auctions and dancing to live music until the edge of midnight.

  • Jun
    6:30 pm - 12:00 am
    Rendezvous In The Zoo
    Location: San Diego Zoo - View Map

    The beginning of a new decade calls for a new celebration, and we’re ringing in the ‘20s with a roar louder than Rex. 

    This year’s gala is unlike any other—so come on down where fashion sits, right here at the zoo, puttin’ on the R·I·T·Z!

    Toast your arrival with champagne and a scintillating cocktail hour. Speakeasies and lounges with entertainment, scrumptious dining stations, and giggle water galore 

    Animal encounters with Joan Embery and the San Diego Zoo’s Rady Ambassadors. The sensational silent auction with items sure to entice. 

    When the sun goes down, the party turns up. For those enjoying reserved seating, you’ll be sitting pretty with dessert, coffee, and wine service. 

    Lounge areas for all R·I·T·Z party guests to relish. Dessert buffets to delight even the most persnickety sweet tooth. The uproarious live auction sure to be a roaring good time.

    Strut your stuff with dancing under Rex the lion statue, to the music of Wayne Foster with continued access to speakeasies and dining stations to satisfy everyone’s appetite. 

    House Rules‘20s apply with themed attire strongly encouraged. 

    Don your newsboy caps and strings of pearls but please leave all feathers and boas at home for the safety of our birds!

    Watch your behavior or you may end up in the paddy wagon

    Mind the barkeep, their word is law

    In case of raids, down your drink post haste

    Secret knocks and passwords will be changed frequently

    No limit on drinks if you can hold your liquor
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