Your ticket purchase is a donation to the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation, a nonprofit scholarship program of the San Diego County Fair and the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Donations are tax-deductible as provided by law. $150 of each Gala ticket may be deducted. Don Diego Scholarship Foundation Tax ID #33-0859020.
The Foundation was formed in 1986 as a tribute to Tom Hernandez, who, in the role of Don Diego, served as the legendary goodwill ambassador of the Fair from 1947 until his death in 1984.
Each year, the Foundation provides college scholarships to outstanding San Diego area high school seniors who have participated in the San Diego County Fair or other Del Mar Fairgrounds events. The Foundation also gives grants to area schools to participate in agricultural education programs at the Fair.