Bid On Fair Collectibles and Help Send Students to College – Don Diego’s Online Autograph Auction Runs Through July 4, 2018

June 1, 2018

Del Mar, CA… It’s time to get your bid on! Don Diego Scholarship Foundation’s Online Auction of autographed guitars and other signed collectibles has opened at Bidding closes at midnight on July 4, 2018.

Among the iconic items offered are guitars autographed by the 2016 San Diego County Fair Grandstand performers and by popular groups and individuals. Each item offers a buy-it-now option.

Auction proceeds benefit the Foundation’s educational programs, so when you win the bid of a guitar signed by a legendary musician, your donation is music to the ears of future leaders of our community. In 2018, 30 outstanding students throughout the San Diego area are sharing $72,500 in college scholarships to pursue their career goals.

The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation was named for Don Diego, AKA Tom Hernandez, who served as the Fair’s welcoming goodwill ambassador from 1947-1984. To date since its inception in 1986, the Foundation has awarded approximately $862,000 in scholarships to 204 students and in agriculture education grants. More information is at and

Angelina Manasan

San Diego
$5,000 Exhibitor/Participant Scholarship
$5,000 Spanjian Family Scholarship
Creighton University

“Performing Hawaiian Hula Dancing at the Fair exposed audiences to other cultures of dance, music and art while enabling me to win these two top scholarships. This $10,000 award will make it possible for me to attend college and major in Math. Thank you, Don Diego!”

Hailey Baldwin

$5,000 FFA Scholarship
$2,500 Jr. Livestock Auction Scholarship
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

“My FFA leadership experience has given me the opportunity to educate my peers and my community about how the agriculture industry greatly affects everyone’s livelihoods and quality of life. I am excited to major in Agricultural Science.”

Tierra Mathews

Valley Center
$5,000 4-H Scholarship
$2,500 Jr. Livestock Auction Scholarship
Colorado State University

“When I joined 4-H eight years ago to show my chickens, I never imagined the impact it would have on me. 4-H has changed my life, from the many people I known, animals I have raised and memories I have made at the Fair. I am better because of my participation.”

Sabrina Drobeck

San Diego
$5,000 Employee Scholarship
UC Berkeley

“I began working as a Bridal Bazaar Model at the Del Mar Fairgrounds at age eight. The experience has helped me in every aspect of my life, school and work. I have learned the value of hard work, perseverance and staying committed to my goals.”