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Top 8 Events for Giving Back in S.D.

BY Angela Ashman, Alana Bracken, Helena Kontos, Kirk Mattu, Meg McGuire and Kalah Siegel | November 8, 2016 | Feature Features

A roundup of the most charitable and stylish events in San Diego.
PINK LADIES Flamingo-themed performers at 2016's Rendezvous at the Zoo

A Year in Review
Looking Back

To ring in its 100th birthday, the San Diego Zoo welcomed nearly 1,000 partygoers for its 33rd annual Rendezvous at the Zoo ( black-tie gala. The fete raised over $1.6 million for the new Children’s Zoo, which plans to open in 2019. Meanwhile, the La Jolla Playhouse’s annual spring soiree ( was a night of fine dining with a side of rock-‘n’-roll thanks to a concert from Bon Jovi’s keyboard player, David Bryan. The grand finale? Guests donated a staggering $1 million in support of the Playhouse’s education and outreach programs as well as new play programming. Another iconic S.D. event—the USO San Diego’s Stars and Stripes Gala (—celebrated its 75th anniversary this year at The Del. The patriotic party raised an impressive $750,000 to keep Armed Forces connected with their home and family during active service.

Another Year Older
Crown Jewel

The oh-so-fabulous ladies of Las Patronas have done it yet again, this time with the success of their 70th annual Jewel Ball set against a Far East-inspired backdrop at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club this past August. Over 800 patrons donning their black-tie best raised a cool $1 million for more than 19 worthy local benefactors, including the Maritime Museum Association of San Diego, Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County and Sharp HealthCare Foundation. As the overarching nonprofit celebrates another year of its signature gala, it toasts to an impressive $19 million that it has donated since 1946. As for next year, the group is looking forward to another outstanding season of glitz, glamour and, of course, giving.

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