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2022 Don Diego Gala Will Be Held at the Fairgrounds’ New Venue:
“The Center!”

Guests attending Don Diego Scholarship Foundation’s exclusive June 24, 2022 Gala and Sam Hunt Concert at the San Diego County Fair will be the first to experience the debut of the fantastic new Del Mar Fairgrounds’ venue: “The Center”.

Gala-goers enjoy all-day preferred parking, a hosted beer and wine bar, gourmet food stations, and a 35th anniversary Don Diego celebratory program; all culminating in VIP Grandstand seating for country music star Sam Hunt.

The Gala will also feature Don Diego’s 2022 college scholarship recipients, who will mingle with guests and donors, and receive recognition for their achievements.

Saying the Board is delighted to present the premiere event at The Center, Don Diego Chair Juanita Hayes states, “This year’s event is very special as we reunite three years after our last Gala and celebrate 35 years of building a better San Diego, one scholarship at a time. We have many surprises in store and encourage people to buy tickets before the event sells out.”

Enjoy the return of the San Diego County Fair!

Attire: Country Western Suggested

4:00PM Gala Reception
Fabulous Gourmet Food Stations
Hosted Wine and Beer
6:00PM Gala Program
Presentation of 2022 Scholars
Tribute to Retiring Executive Director Chana Mannen
Live Auction
Paddle Raise
7:30PM Concert Starring Sam Hunt
VIP Corona Grandstand Stagefront Seating

Your Generous Support Benefits Don Diego Scholarship Foundation’s Scholarships and Programs

Each Gala Ticket Purchased Includes:

  • Fair Admission (all day)

  • Preferred Parking (all day)

  • Gala Reception

  • Gala Program

  • Sam Hunt Concert


Gala Tickets

Individual ticket(s). Tables seat 8. After June 13th, ticket price increases to $350.

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Your Ticket Purchase Is A Donation

to Don Diego Scholarship Foundation. Since its inception in 1986, the Foundation has awarded $1,191,000 in scholarships to nearly 300 outstanding, deserving students who are associated with activities at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, including the San Diego County Fair.

Meet Our 2022 Scholarship Recipients!

Board of Directors

Juanita Hayes, Chairman

John Hoeflich, Vice Chairman

Dee Prestininzi, Secretary

George Karetas, Treasurer

Lisa Barkett
Alyson Connelly
Sandra DiCicco
Glenn Drown
Susan Farrior
Joe Harper
Kirby Morrison
Frederick Schenk
Stephen Shewmaker
Alysha Stehly

Chairs Emeritus

Paul Ecke III
Roxana Foxx
Jon Liss

Gala Co-Chairs

Susan Farrior
Roxana Foxx
Juanita Hayes

Executive Directors

Chana Mannen
Ashley Colburn

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