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Salvation Army 51st Annual Luncheon

07 Jun 2016

written by Cindy Matalucci

Salvation Army San Diego
The Salvation Army Womenโ€™s Auxiliary
Sierra Del Mar Division
2320 5th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
Office (619) 446-0273

Celebrating 51 Years, The Women of Dedication luncheon is one of San Diego’s longest running charity events. Each Spring, the Salvation Army’s Women’s Auxiliary hosts an elegant luncheon to honor 15 of the community’s most dedicated volunteers & thank them for their gifts of time, talent & spirit.



As the largest auxiliary fund raiser, all proceeds from the luncheon stay in San Diego and benefit critical social service programs of the Salvation Army.

The Pulse rolled out the Red Carpet for the guests arrival with the Lights, Camera, Action as guests entered the venue! We had a great time interviewing the co-chairs, guests, and honorees of this A list affair! (This event will also be featured on the Pulse TV show for our Pulse on the Scene Segment.)




As you entered the beautiful Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel, the day started with a reception, a silent auction, and a shopping extravaganza with 24 boutiques on hand so guests could get their shop on for a great cause! The silent auction items were pretty spectacular with items like throwing out the first pitch at a Chargers game or a day at Rancho Valencia Spa!! YES PLEASE!






Lunch started at 12 noon and the event was Em’ceed by the gorgeous and talented Brandi Williams from KUSI News. There was also a live auction with the talented Dawn Marie Kotsonis as auctioneer.





This years the Nominees included:
Li-Rong Lilly Cheng, Valerie Cooper, Karin F. Donaldson, Arlene Esgate, Kristy Gregg, Dorothea Laub, Carol Lazier, Elizabeth Lou, Sandra Maas, Joan Mitchell, Kerry A. Payne, Rachel Peniche, Charlotte Perry, Fern Siegel, and Lisa Wilson.

The Co chairs were: Sherry Ahern, Susie Spanos, and Susan Oliver with honorary chair Joyce Glazer.



Music was provided by Bryan Verhoye and the San Diego Master Chorale

It was such an amazing day and the proceeds this year are going back to revamp and refurbish Centre City downtown.



The Salvation Army Centre City Corps Community Center is a beacon of hope, offering compassionate support to those in our community. There is also a community meal to serve those in need, including the homeless community, throughout the week. This meal is served by various churches and the San Diego Chargers. They offer programs for seniors including Friendship Seniors and a senior breakfast. Home League welcomes women of all ages. The Homeless Outreach Program, Coordinated Assistance to Residential Stability and STEPS are on the downtown campus. (Those in need may come to the Family & Social Service office for assistance throughout the week.)


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