RANCHO SANTA FE — The wheel of fortune, a “Deal or No Deal” live auction and Monty Hall martinis highlighted Let the Games Begin, the 32nd annual Rancho Santa Fe Community Center fundraiser held May 8 at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.
This year’s TV game show theme was chosen in an attempt to attract more men, according to Elise Molin, the event chairwoman.
“Our husbands are gala’d out,” she said. “Guys like to hang out and compete but casino nights have been done. So we picked the most popular TV game shows so people could have more fun spending their money.
“It’s never been done before, but so far, so good,” Molin said about halfway into the event. “The women managed to get their husbands here.”
Molin said she expected about 250 people to attend the fundraiser, which kicked off with $50,000 in sponsorships.
“People really believe in the community center because it’s the heart of the community,” she said.
The community center offers programs, events and enrichment, recreation and outreach services for adults and youth.
Billed as Rancho’s Santa Fe’s “premier party of the year,” the gala also featured a variety of other games, a silent auction and dancing.