Six-figure sum raised at Seacrest Village gala
ENCINITAS, California (Press Release) – The Women’s Auxiliary of Seacrest Village Retirement Communities held its 32nd Annual Gala, “Cirque du Seacrest Masquerade Ball,” on Saturday, February 6, at the beautiful Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines.
The night was a wonderful success raising well into the six figures for residents at Seacrest Village. The evening began with a cocktail reception where nearly 300 guests entered a world of whimsical fun, greeted by characters on stilts and juggling jesters. Guests sipped on the “Seacrest Seabreeze,” donned their vibrant masks and listened to the sounds of a jazz trio as they waited to enter Cirque du Seacrest.
“It could not have been lovelier,” said Honorary Chair Esther Fischer who joined Underwriting Chair Lee Goldberg and Women’s Auxiliary President Mary Epsten at Saturday’s festivities. The program began with Seacrest Village’s CEO, Pam Ferris, and President of the Board of Trustees, Robert Haimsohn, welcoming guests and recognizing the Poway & Encinitas Fire Departments with a trophy from Seacrest and a certificate from each city’s mayor.
The evening continued with a live auction that included exclusive dinners at Fire Stations from both cities, a couture gown by Jordan and custom necklace from Reena Horowitz, a diamond ring from Diamond Boutique, a theater package and a week-long getaway to Rancho La Puerta. The auction concluded with a very special Fund-A-Need, during which donors gave straight from the heart for the residents of Seacrest, many of whom were in attendance as guests of sponsors for the event.
Following the program, guests dined on a gourmet meal of beef filet and sea bass by the Hilton’s culinary team. Shortly after dinner Cirque du Seacrest was underway with the amazing sounds of Taiko drums and a body balancing act by two acrobats. Next came a chair stacking and balancing routine, followed by an aerial chiffon act. A brief comical interlude gave way to the stunning aerial ring performance by two performers costumed as mermaids – a true tribute to Seacrest Village. Choreographed and staged by Tony Caligagan of Heatwave Productions, the cirque show was a definite crowd pleaser.
Society Beat of San Diego got the crowd on their feet as guests danced the night away, visited the delectable candy buffet and enjoyed the savory gourmet coffee cart.
Each year Seacrest Village Retirement Communities serves almost four hundred seniors between the Encinitas and Rancho Bernardo campuses. For over forty years, the Women’s Auxiliary has aided Seacrest Village in its ongoing commitment to provide the highest quality of care in a warm and dignified environment for older adults in our community, regardless of their ability to pay.
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