The Latest San Diego Charity Events

A look at San Diego's end of the year galas, fashion shows and social events held for local charities

2014 brought many great things to San Diego. We've had film festivals, fashion shows, food drives, performing arts and golf tournaments. And once again, we've managed to raise lots of funding for some of San Diego's top charities—among them are organizations that help disadvantaged women, animals in need, local school programs and community outreach groups of all kinds. But some of the most memorable and exciting events were held during the fall and winter months of 2014, and we were fortunate to be a part of them. So here's a look at some of the best charitable events of 2014, held right here in sunny San Diego. 

Leonard Simpson's 10 Best Dressed Awards Gala

On November 13, 2014 San Diego's best dress socialites gathered at Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Hotel to celebrate fashion. Guests walked down the red carpet and enjoyed cocktails, a glamorous silent and live auction, a gourmet dinner, and even a spectacular Broadway style show. This year's event benefited Dress for Success San Diego, a nonprofit that helps disadvantaged women build their careers by providing them with professional attire and a network of contacts for support and career assistance. Among those honored was our own Editor in Chief, John Winfield.



Ocean Discovery Institute's Bubble Up! Gala

The Ocean Discovery Institute's students and benefactors gathered together at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa on Saturday, September 6 for the annual Bubble Up! gala. Nearly 300 guests came together to support the institute, raising over $319,000 for it's tuition-free science and conservation programs. With the help of these new funds, the Ocean Discovery Institute will now be able to reach 20,000 students in the underserved community of City Heights.



Face Foundation's 3rd Invitational Golf Tournament

The third annual invitational golf tournament benefiting the FACE Foundation took place at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club on November 3, 2014. With their furry, four-legged companions by their sides, pros and casual golfers alike gathered on the course to raise funds for local pets. The tournament, which featured such famous golfers as Corey Pavin and Jeff Sluman, raised an astounding $110,000 to assist in life-saving veterinary care for our beloved pets via the FACE Foundation.



The San Diego Symphony Opus Gala

The annual San Diego Opus Gala unfolded on the 25th of October, 2014. The gala, which begun with a VIP cocktail reception and dinner at the University Club, centered around the symphony's performance of music by Bernstein, Bizet and Rachmaninoff. The concert was conducted by Jahja Ling and featured guest artist Lola Astanova on piano. The melodious concert was followed by an after-party at The University Club which included a hosted bar, live entertainment and dancing into the night. The San Diego Symphony provides a number of education and outreach programs for children and adults of all ages.



Lost & Found Solo Art Exhibit and Fashion Show

Santos, a well-known Carlsbad artist who devotes much of his time, energy and talent to helping local schools with art instruction and activities, struck a chord at his largest solo show to date: "Lost and Found." Through his "Maya Pop" imagery that transformed an entire wall in the True Honor Clothing's space into an expansive autobiographical mural. This transglobal artist put Carlsbad on the map with most exciting and groundbreaking mural ever seen.