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PCI Hands Across Borders Gala

13 Dec 2016

written by Cindy Matalucci


PCI Hands Across Borders Gala

The Pulse was at The Hyatt Regency in La Jolla to bring you inside Project Concern Internationals 2016 Hands Across Borders Gala. Every year this is the organizations biggest fundraiser, and they go all out for their clients & Sponsors.

© Ivan S. Harris Photography

© Ivan S. Harris Photography

Some of the evenings highlights included handcrafts from around the world, complimentary signature cocktails, live music, and dancing. They always have a silent auction in the beginning with fabulous items and then a Live bidding auction during the sumptuous sit down dinner.

© Ivan S. Harris Photography

© Ivan S. Harris Photography

© Ivan S. Harris Photography

© Ivan S. Harris Photography

© Ivan S. Harris Photography

This year PCI was honoring Southwest Airlines with the 2016 Corporate Leadership Award. As a corporate sponsor of PCI for more than 17 years, Southwest has helped touch the hearts and lives of millions around the world. Southwest has donated in kind resources to PCI’s work as well as facilitated significant introductions to partners, media, and other like minded organizations.

Leah Koontz from Southwest Airlines

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PCI Founder Dr. James Turpin, attended and presented Del Mar residents Larry & Mary Lynn Weitzen with the PCI Founder’s Award for their lifelong support of the organization’s humanitarian projects. The Weitzens have been friends of PCI since it’s earliest days and started two of the organization’s biggest fundraising events: The Hands Across Borders Gala and The Robert F. Driver Memorial Golf Tournament. Larry serves as PCI board member and Mary Lynn helps one of the local Women Empowered Groups learn jewelry making as a means of sustaining their households.

Interviewing Dr. James Turpin

Dr. James Turpin

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PCI also honored Gregoria (Goya) Quirez with the Hero Award. She is a volunteer community health worker who has volunteered her services with PCI Mexico for over 30 years! She was one of the pioneers of PCI’s Well Baby Clinics and is making quite a difference raising tuberculosis cure rates along the border!

© Ivan S. Harris Photography

© Ivan S. Harris Photography

PCI’s goal is positive community impact-working hand in hand with the people in the hundreds of communities they serve, providing the tools, the training, and the resources they need to lift themselves out of poverty and build a healthy, hopeful future for their families. They are in over 16 countries around the world currently. Last year they impacted the lives of over 8 million people around the world.

© Ivan S. Harris Photography

© Ivan S. Harris Photography

© Ivan S. Harris Photography

Big thank you to Andre Soriano for providing my custom couture gown for the event Red Carpet!

Dress by Andre Soriano

© Ivan S. Harris Photography


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