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Our 11th annual Gala – “As Time Goes By” – returns us to Rick’s Café Americain, The Blue Parrot lounge, and the romance and intrigue of the 1940s classic film, Casablanca. Please join us as we “round up the usual suspects” and begin “beautiful friendships” in this special evening to launch the 2018-19 Season. Our premier fundraiser will be an evening of entertainment and fine dining that directly benefits the artistic mission of the LJS&C and our young artist performance and composition programs.

The Gala is on Saturday, October 6th at The Westgate Hotel. Guests will enjoy a reception and Silent Auction with open wine bar and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a three-course Moroccan-inspired Gala dinner and Live Auction. We will also honor this year’s “Arts Angel,” Lux Boreal Dance Troupe, a binational artistic dance ensemble that contributes significantly to the quality of artistic expression in our cross-border region. The evening concludes with a 30-minute concert featuring two of our young artists.

If you cannot attend, support us by donating an auction item. As a participant in the auction, your generous gift will be seen by 150 distinguished guests and will be included in the Gala program. Auction items that have done well in the past include behind-the-scene tours, airfare, hotel stays, tickets to sporting events, cultural activities, restaurant certificates, and unique memorabilia.

We hope that you will consider making a generous donation to our auction.

Auction Donation Form
Gala At A Glance

Items of interest: Based on experience, the following types of auction items appeal to our Gala audience:

  • Restaurant gift certificates
  • Rare wines and/or special bottlings
  • Vacation getaways – do you have a timeshare week to donate?
  • Hotel stays
  • Sporting event tickets – especially VIP boxes that bidders would not otherwise be able to access
  • Entertainment of all kinds– from ComicCon to the opera
  • Spa packages and other personal services
  • Behind-the-scenes tours
  • Once-in-a-lifetime experiences: walk-on movie part, celebrity chef dinner – let’s get creative!

Have an idea for an auction item but want to check on our needs first? Contact Melanie Intrieri at marketing@lajollasymphony.com. Thank you!

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