Billed as a “Sparkling Emerald Evening Under the Stars,” the June 15, 2019 Don Diego Dinner and & Smokey Robinson Concert at the San Diego County Fair was a splendid gem of a Gala!
Ensconced in an exclusive Infield Pavilion whimsically decorated in the Fair’s Wizard of Oz theme, Gala guests enjoyed a hosted bar, delectable farm-to-table dining, Presentation of Scholars and a lively auction featuring unique opportunities, including an adventure flight in the “Yellow Peril” two-seater piloted by Don Diego Board member, Rear Admiral Retired Russ Penniman.
In celebration of having surpassed the $1 million mark in total funds raised, the Board unveiled Don Diego’s Matching Named Scholarship Program, which will kickstart the Foundation’s efforts to begin raising its second million to support outstanding students pursuing ambitious college and career goals. A donation of $25,000 or more will be matched by the Foundation, thus doubling the value of the donor’s perpetual Named Scholarship.
When Board Member/Auctioneer Frederick Schenck announced a special Gala-Night-0nly two-for-one donation match, Board member Glenn Drown immediately stepped up to the challenge. To widespread applause, he enthusiastically pledged $25,000 to create a $75,000 Bill and Elizabeth Tulloch Family Scholarship in honor of his Ramona family’s longtime agricultural contributions. Then Board member George Karetas, hugging his wife Patricia, immediately stood, again to acclaim, to announce two additional $25,000 pledges to create a $75,000 Jeannie and Gerry Ranglas Scholarship honoring these San Diego philanthropists as well as a $75,000 Patricia and George Karetas Scholarship.
As attendees happily made their way to their VIP Grandstand seats to enjoy the dulcet vocals of legendary performer Smokey Robinson, all agreed that the 2019 Don Diego Gala was a one-in-a-million extravaganza!
Don Diego Chairman Roxana Foxx, Miranda Medford, Elijah Martineau, Russell Sorbo
2018 Don Diego Scholarship Foundation recipients at the Gala. Front row: Briana Kier, Hailey Baldwin, Don Diego Scholarship Foundation Vice Chairman Karen Tanz, Angelina Manasan, Megan Clodfelter, Marilyn Long, Ella Sumagaysay. Middle row: Sydney George, Tori Pedersen, Catalina Gonzalez, Travis Woliung, Hiram Olivarria, Conner Watson, Collin Kooyman, Grace Parker, Alyssa Hadix, Sabrina Drobeck. Back row: Elizabeth Melott, Cambria Osborn, Tierra Mathews, Courtney Reiter, Autumn Kleinrath, Anna Lonsway. Not pictured: Alicia Trujillo, Alyssa Marie van Tol, Hannah Lambert, Katie Phillips, Katlyn Barath, Olivia Jarvis, Reanna Paala, Victoria Navarro.
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