In its 29th year, Helen Woodward Animal Center’s elegant Spring Fling Gala, presented by Ed and Sandy Burr of EDCO, will take guests on an exotic journey. The annual event (which received Ranch & Coast Magazine’s San Diego’s Best Annual Gala Award for 2016), is headed by Committee Chair Stacy Renshaw, who invites guests to dress in Cuban Black-Tie as they explore the vibrant capital city south of the Florida Keys during “A Night in Old Havana.”
The Center’s most fabulous fundraiser of the year takes place on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 from 5:30pm to midnight at Fairbanks Village Plaza in Rancho Santa Fe and will be emceed by KFM-BFM’s Shelly Dunn and KUSI’s Mark Mathis.
It will be sophisticated elegance as the evening opens with a stroll through tropical, city streets, complete with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, fuzzy VIPs and a silent auction of exquisite one-of-a-kind items. As the sun sets, the Cuban city lights will shine bright and attendees will enjoy a dinner of taste-portioned classic and innovative dishes. Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Spring Fling Gala is known for its 5-star dining experience which highlights delectable tastings from San Diego’s top restaurants.
Keeping up with her tradition, Committee Restaurant Chair Ann Dizney has secured an impressive restaurant lineup including such fine-dining favorites as Searsucker Del Mar, Sbicca Del Mar, The Melting Pot-La Jolla/UTC, Truluck's Seafood, Steaks, & Crab House, Pacifica Del Mar, Poseidon on the Beach, Royal India Del Mar, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Urban Plates as well as newcomers Flower Child just to name a few.
Following dinner, guests will delight in sweet treats, as well as local beer, wine, and spirits while enjoying live entertainment from hot local band Haute Chile, and a rousing live auction including such exclusive items as a four-day weekend in the most powerful SUV in the world - a Bentley Bentayga - to be enjoyed during a weekend staycation in San Diego courtesy of O’Gara Coach La Jolla, and a Seattle Spa Getaway complete with a $1,000 Nordstrom shopping trip.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase an opportunity drawing ticket for a chance to win two first-class round-trip tickets on United Airlines. Tickets are valid for travel throughout the U.S.; and to Alaska, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America (terms and conditions apply).
Tickets to the 29th Annual Spring Fling Gala can be purchased at Silver, Gold and Platinum levels (ranging from $300 - $550 a ticket) with various special amenities included at each level. Platinum level seating includes a true VIP experience from private dining and bar servers, two bottles of fine wine, chocolate cigars, priority check-in/out, valet service, a souvenir from Old Havana and an exclusive VIP gift for each guest.
Tickets are still available. All profits raised support the pets and programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Elisabeth Baker at 858-756-4117 x350 or ElisabethB@animalcenter.org.