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Gala fundraisers for kids, pets, tigers and cops

By Margo Schwab

Promises2Kids rocked to new heights at their gala benefit. The Doobie Brothers performed before hundreds of guests at the La Jolla estate of host and honorary chair Joan Waitt. Rocio and Mike Flynn chaired the event, helping raise significant funds “to break the cycle of child abuse through prevention, education, and advocacy.”
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San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo held its 28th annual RITZ (that’s Rendez Vous In The Zoo) gala fundraiser with the theme, “Moonlight Shangri-La” to benefit the new Southeast Asia Tiger Habitat at the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park. Clarice Perkins and Debbie Turner were the event co-chairs and Audrey Geisel served as honorary chair. Geisel, under her Dr. Seuss Fund/San Diego Foundation, matched every dollar donated 2-for-1, up to $1 million.
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P.A.W.S. aka Pets Are Wonderful Support
Jim Urbina, Jeff Johnston and Robert Hunt hosted supporters of P.A.W.S. San Diego County. That’s Pets Are Wonderful Support. The fundraiser helped P.A.W.S. dual purpose mission to “assist low-income, elderly, disabled or chronically ill individuals, helping with the care and life maintenance of their therapeutic animals. Lisa Lipsey did a great job chairing the event, and Kima the Service Dog won the dog costume contest in her “Lady Dogga Gaga” outfit.
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Cop Hop Rocks for Police Organizations
The “Cop Hop” fundraiser benefitting The San Diego Police Foundation and The San Diego Police Historical Association was held at the La Jolla Farms estate of Ramin Pourteymour. Guests included San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne as well as former Sheriff Bill Gore and Natalie Gore, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Gale and Scott O’Mara, Assistant Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, San Diego Police Historical Association Executive Director Rick Carlson and Abeer and George Hage.
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