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March 2024

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Attend leisure Access Youth Academy Sunset Soirée APRIL 13 | PRIVATE RANCHO SANTA FE RESIDENCE Access Youth Academy's events are unique in that the evening's hosts and key speakers are current students and program graduates. While enjoying tray-passed appetizers, wine, beer, and other beverages, guests at the garden party-themed event will learn about the organization's exceptional students who are transforming their potential into tangible success as they become champions, both on the sports court and in our communities. Founded in 2006, Access Youth Academy's mission is to transform the lives of underserved individuals ages 10-24+ through academic enrichment, health and wellness, social responsibility, critical thinking, and leadership development, using the sport of squash as a catalyst. tinyurl.com/eeyjkyfp Vista Hill's 2024 Fashion Show Luncheon APRIL 19 | TOWN AND COUNTRY RESORT To commemorate 50 years since the first episode of Happy Days aired in 1974, Vista Hill's 2024 Fashion Show Luncheon is themed "Happy Days!" At the event, attendees will see nifty threads, shop from fabulous local boutiques, interact with program participants, purchase opportunity drawing tickets, and support one of San Diego's largest community-based behavioral health organizations. Fashion show co-chairs Carolynn Lennon and Diane Zeps will lend their support to raise funds for Vista Hill programs serving children, youth, adults, and families. Vista Hill serves more than 20,000 individuals and their families annually through a wide variety of behavioral health programs. At each program site, Vista Hill is committed to achieving measurable results on prevention, early intervention, treatment, and education for families and the community in three focus areas of mental health, substance use disorder, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. The runway show will highlight beautiful outfits and the latest trends in fashion with professional and guest models produced by Gretchen Productions. vistahill.org Casino Royale APRIL 20 | THE US GRANT The Arc of San Diego presents the return of its highly anticipated annual Spring Gala. This year's extravagant event, themed "Casino Royale," promises an evening full of glamour, mystery, and exhilaration found on the casino floor. Under the guidance of event chair Linda Kurtin, a longtime supporter and local philanthropist, The Arc of San Diego invites guests to immerse themselves in the world of Casino Royale. Wayne Foster Music and Entertainment will set the stage for an unforgettable night, and the gala will be emceed by Mark Mathis, KUSI-TV meteorologist. The evening's festivities kick off with a cocktail reception followed by a sumptuous dinner, thrilling live entertainment, and dancing. Proceeds help The Arc of San Diego continue to provide essential life services such as day training, employment, and residential living services to more than 2,000 children and adults with disabilities. arc-sd.com/gala Rio Carnival: A Samba Soirée APRIL 20 | THE PRADO AT BALBOA PARK Meals on Wheels San Diego County is getting ready to dance the night away at its "Rio Carnival: A Samba Soirée'' gala to raise funds to continue its mission of delivering nutritious meals and emotional support to thousands of seniors and disabled veterans, seven days a week, rain or shine. Starting at 5:30pm, the evening will begin with a silent auction and reception featuring the audience-favorite Chef Appetizer Showcase. This year's chefs will include Chef Drew Deckman of Deckman's en al Mogor, Chef Brad Wise of Trust Restaurant Group, Chef John King of The Prado Restaurant, and more. Following the reception will be a three-course sit-down dinner and live auction. Event proceeds will help fund much-needed nutritious meals for the organization's 4,300 seniors and disabled veteran clients. sandiegomealsonwheels.org Brent Wakefield, Cindy Stratton, Keith Fisher, and Mark Sanna ACCESS YOUTH ACADEMY: COURTESY PHOTOGRAPHY MEALS ON WHEELS: PHOTO BY SYDNEY TROXELL ranchandcoast.com 40 MARCH 2024 RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE CASINO ROYAL: PHOTO BY DOUG GATES Event chair Linda Kurtin (center) with husband Jon (left)

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