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  • Oct
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Vroom Gala - SD Auto Museum
    Location: San Diego Auto Museum - View Map

    Buckle Your Seatbelts and Vroom into San Diego's Auto Museum's Next Great Event

    Saturday October 8, 2022, on the grounds outside the auto museum, find your selection of hosted bars with a dinner seating under the stars to celebrate the newly renovated auto museum.

    Honoring Papa Doug & the Manchester family, the evening's entertainment will include Mark McGrath and his SoCal rock band Sugar Ray, with Joe Everson creating live-action artwork on stage, and KUSI morning anchors Paul Rudy. and Lauren Phinney hosting as Masters of Ceremonies.

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  • Oct
    5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
    IRT Gifts of Hope Gala
    Location: Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine - View Map



    After 34 years of selfless service, our founder and Executive Director, Barry La Forgia is retiring. On October 15, we will pay tribute to Barry’s relentless commitment to the mission that we all share. Please join us in this extraordinary night of celebration and well-deserved recognition.

    In honor of Barry’s lifework, all funds raised for the Gala will be used to support our Medicines for Children Program, providing healing to impoverished children and families around the world. 

    Whether you'd like to become a sponsor, attend the event or just donate, in honor of Barry’s lifework, all funds raised for the Gala will be used to support our Medicines for Children Program, providing healing to impoverished children and families around the world. IRT helps families survive and recover after a disaster by providing timely and effective assistance. IRT also provides a hopeful future for underserved communities through programs that improve their health and wellbeing.

    During disasters, IRT deploys medical and reconstruction teams, provides supplies, and finances the restoration of infrastructure. IRT builds healthy communities through medical missions to low-income countries, including surgical and eyeglass teams; shipments of medicines to rural hospitals and clinics; and health, nutrition and education support for vulnerable populations.

    Since 1988, IRT has deployed more than 7,500 volunteers and provided $574 million in food, medicines, relief supplies, and volunteers services  to families in need in 72 countries worldwide.


    In the midst of hardship and suffering, we start with one person at a time. 

    We believe in:

    • Partnership - We are stronger, more effective and efficient when we partner with organizations that have a strong presence in the field.
    • Equity - We want to make the world a more equitable place, which is why we target our efforts at vulnerable and marginalized populations.
    • Efficiency - We maintain a lean, dynamic staff in San Diego. We mobilize skilled volunteers and leverage strategic partnerships with organizations in the field, with the goal of achieving the greatest impact for every donated dollar. 


      In 1986, San Diego attorney and real estate broker Barry La Forgia, participated on a mission trip to Peru where he helped construct shelters for impoverished people living in the Amazon Jungle. He was so moved by the experience and the desperate needs in the world that he returned to San Diego, left his law and real estate practices, and in March of 1988 formed Southwest Medical Teams.

      The concept of the newly formed organization was to link people in need with teams of volunteers who had the skills (both medical and non-medical) to meet those needs. By the end of 1988, Southwest Medical Teams had sent volunteer teams to Oaxaca, Mexico to build a healthcare clinic, to the island of Jamaica to provide emergency care for victims of Hurricane Gilbert, and to Armenia to treat thousands of people injured by one of the largest earthquakes of the century.

      In 1996 the name was changed to International Relief Teams to more adequately reflect the work of the organization. Throughout the years, International Relief Teams has responded to disasters and/or conducted programs in the United States, Central and South America, Eastern Europe, Asia, the South Pacific and Africa.

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    6:00 pm - 11:50 pm
    Boogie 4 Babies
    Location: Belly Up Tavern - View Map



    October 15, 2022

    Featuring Abba LA

    At the Belly Up - Solana Beach, CA

    Purchase tickets and sponsorships below or contact us to RSVP: 


    (Must be 21+ to attend)

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  • Oct
    1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    Sister League of San Diego
    Location: Mission Bay Women's Cottage - View Map

    Sister League of San Diego 80th Anniversary

    Please join Sister League of San Diego’s 80th Anniversary Celebration: Cheers to 80 Years! 

    Applauding service to women in need since 1942, the afternoon event will be held at the historic Mission Bay Women’s Club Cottage. 

    Swing to the sounds of 5-time San Diego Music Award Winner and Billboard #1 Blues Artist Whitney Shay and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, libations, and silent and live auctions. 

    Proceeds will further our mission of providing supportive housing to women in need.

    Come celebrate our 80th anniversary and make a positive impact for homeless women in San Diego.
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