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03 May 2022

written by Cindy Matalucci

April 22nd Live

The Pulse Welcomed Stephanie Coolidge, Executive Director of FACE Foundation.

Face Foundation:

Mission: To enhance and preserve the quality of life of companion animals by providing access to necessary medical care and education.

Vision: To create a world where no family pet dies due to financial hardship.


Fulfillment: Achieving our mission with dedication to quality and care.

Accountability: Serving our community with respect, honesty, integrity, and transparency.

Collaboration: Creating and nurturing partnerships with our veterinary hospitals.

Empathy: Making decisions and taking actions with compassion and heart.

About FACE:
Established in 2006 by a group of veterinarians and concerned community members, the Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public charity that provides financial grants for animal owners who are unable to afford the cost of their pet’s emergency or critical care.

The Problem: Economic Euthanasia
Each year, many animals are brought to their veterinarian with life-threatening conditions. Sadly, many owners cannot afford the critical care their beloved pets need to survive. They are left with one choice—euthanasia. Thousands of treatable pets are euthanized in veterinary hospitals annually. According to CPI reports, 12.9% of San Diegans fall below poverty level and 33% of San Diegans do not earn enough to cover basic expenses.
The Solution: The Save A Life Program

FACE’s Save A Life Program was created to address the tragedy of economic euthanasia. What started out as a beautiful vision to stop the surrender and euthanasia of beloved family pets has become a supportive center where families in crisis can get a helping hand to save their pets’ lives.

FACE grantees are typically low-income families, senior citizens, veterans, military families, students, disabled individuals, or hard-working families and individuals who struggle to survive paycheck to paycheck. With a tagline of “Saving Pets and Helping Families,” FACE’s work is just as important for the animals we save as it is for the families who are spared the heartbreak of losing their best friend. Check out our Success Stories page to meet some of the animals FACE has saved!

Achieving Our Mission:
FACE proudly works with 186 veterinary hospitals throughout San Diego County. Veterinary partners make FACE’s work possible by generously discounting their services for qualified FACE patients by at least 25%, and helping to fundraise whenever possible.

About Stephanie in her words:
I am a veterinary administrative professional with a profound appreciation for the team that I work with. I bring 20 years of leadership and reputable business experience in the San Diego animal industry.

I believe that integrity, loyalty, discipline, kindness, teamwork, professionalism, competent leadership and absolute dedication to the animals renders success. The animals deserve all that we can muster.

We tell you how to get tickets to their BAGS and BAUBLES event happening April 24th!

April 24th from 1-5pm, for FACE Foundation’s Bags & Baubles silent auction presented by SKY Facial Plastic Surgery.

General admission features complimentary wine, delectable appetizers, LIVE MUSIC, local chocolatiers, the most luxurious collection of bags to-date at a NEW gorgeous Rancho Santa Fe private estate.

Bid on hundreds of new and gently loved designer handbags, jewelry, accessories and sunglasses, all to benefit pets in need of critical and life-saving veterinary care.

Please consider donating to this amazing organization so we can make a real difference in the lives of our pets!

This year Bags & Baubles is introducing a special VIP ticket with Exclusive Amenities.  Stay tuned for more events!!

We also welcomed Peter Oliver, festival producer for The Gator By The Bay festival.


Over 100 live performances will take place across seven stages at the 19th annual Gator By The Bay Festival, the largest and most-authentic Louisiana- themed event on this side of the bayou. Louisiana Cajun, and Zydeco bands; internationally renowned blues, swing, and Boogie-Woogie artists; highly praised country, rock, and R&B musicians; and award-winning rockabilly, roots and Latin performers will bring unforgettable performances after two years of dormancy. Award winning artists and popular bands join this year’s festival for four fun-filled days of music and celebration of Louisiana culture May 5-8, 2022, presented at Spanish Landing Park across from the San Diego International Airport.

The Gator By The Bay Festival features a weekend of fun for family and friends with Louisiana history, diverse dishes, live music, dance lessons, and costume parades for over 14,000 attendees every year. Attendees are immersed in the sights, smells, and sounds of the South, surrounded by fellow enthusiasts while dancing, singing, swirling and twirling to the live music and savoring authentic Southern dishes.

Gator By The Bay brings Mardi Gras to San Diego on Mother’s Day weekend with an entertainment lineup of acclaimed artists and performers including:

The Lineup Features Grammy Nominated Artists From Across The Country Including Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys, Sugaray Rayford, Alice Wallace, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, and Dozens More

Advance discounted tickets for Gator By The Bay are available online. Thursday night concert tickets start at $40. Daily festival tickets range from $55 to $65. Children 17 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. Hosted Patron Passes are available for $180 per day (Saturday or Sunday) or $340 for both days, and include food and drink (crawfish too!)

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