Rancho Bernardo Thanksgiving Luncheon tickets on sale now
By Elizabeth Marie Himchak
With the purchase deadline for Rancho Bernardo Thanksgiving Luncheon tickets only two weeks away, organizers are projecting sales to pick up rapidly.
The 23rd annual event will be Tuesday, Nov. 20 in the Rancho Bernardo Inn’s Aragon Ballroom, 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive.
Tickets — $50 per person — can be purchased through Nov. 15. Luncheon chairman Scott Lawn said they will not be sold at the door.
“After the election there will be an explosion of ticket sales, so people should sign up early,” Lawn said, adding that as of Monday 150 tickets had been purchased.
To buy a ticket, complete the order form that can be found on Page 40 of this newspaper, call Sadie Brinton at 619-814-1381 or Trudy Armstrong at 619-764-8602, or send an email to Sadieb@sdfoundation.org.
Each luncheon ticket includes one opportunity drawing ticket for prizes such as a $500 Nordstrom gift card. Additional drawing tickets will be sold at the luncheon. Only cash or checks will be accepted. Winners must be present.
Lawn called the luncheon “a very unique gathering,” noting that in the past City Councilman Carl DeMaio said no other community in San Diego holds a similar Thanksgiving event so its residents can gather together and express gratitude for their blessings.
DeMaio will be serving as the luncheon’s master of ceremonies for the fourth and final time since per tradition the community’s City Council member performs those duties, Lawn said.
As for new elements to this year’s event, they will include a silent auction in the reception area. Lawn said the extra fundraiser was added after success with one during this year’s Rancho Bernardo honorary mayor race. Among donated items up for bid will be golf for a four players at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo and several dinner packages at local restaurants.
Lawn said additional auction items are being sought. To donate, call him at 858-486-8277 (Greenway Lawn Aeration).
For the first time, entertainment will be provided by a world-renowned Spanish guitarist. David Maldonaldo, who is also a Rancho Bernardo resident, has been performing since he was a child. By age 8 he was a classical violinist and at age 10 started playing the guitar. Within four years he was performing in classical guitar concerts at the University of Arizona.
His music — both original works and classic pieces — are influenced by classical composers such as Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi; Spanish musicians and the gypsy stylings of flamenco. He has released five albumns. For more about Maldonaldo, go to www.davidmaldonado.com.
To recognize the late Bob Wells’ role in founding the luncheon, Lawn said there will also be a video tribute played during the event.
The luncheon serves as one of Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation’s major fundraisers. Money from this event, the Pathway of Pride and a cruise program go to Rancho Bernardo’s endowment fund. Each year its interest is distributed to community groups and projects. This year, Lawn said around $35,000 will be presented at the luncheon.
While the deadline to become a diamond, gold or silver sponsor has passed, Lawn said there are still two more sponsorship levels open through Nov. 15. Table sponsorships are $250 and bronze sponsorships are $500. They will be recognized in the program and on tables. Bronze sponsors will also receive two luncheon and drawing tickets.
The luncheon’s diamond sponsor is Pomerado Newspapers, gold sponsor is Casa de las Campanas and silver sponsors are BDM Wealth Management – Brian McLean, Belmont Village Senior Living, Coldwell Banker – George Cooke, Don and Phyllis McLean, First American Trust, GearUp, Greenway Lawn Aeration – Scott Lawn, Rancho Bernardo Business Association, Rancho Bernardo Inn, Rancho Financial Mortgage Center, The Remington Club and 92128 Magazine.
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