COAST CITIES — For the first time in its 42-year history, the Beach and Country Guild’s Dia del Sol fundraiser was not held in a private residence.
But the lack of a more intimate setting didn’t hinder the Rancho Santa Fe-based organization’s efforts to support United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County, nor did it deter guests from having a great time.
“This is absolutely fabulous,” Olivenhain resident Linda Nordstrom, who’s attended the event for the past 16 years, said as she got champagne for herself and a friend.
“I love it,” Del Mar resident Ernestine Reis said.
About 225 guests paid either $175 or $250 to attend the Oct. 26 gala at the Grand Del Mar, which included the group’s largest silent auction to date as well as a live auction, lunch, fashion boutiques, children and adult fashion shows, guest speakers and a tour of the facility.
“One hundred percent of our proceeds help families in San Diego,” Beach and Country Guild Vice President Andrene Dziubinski said. “The money is used for technology, programs and overall community support for those living with cerebral palsy.”
Joyce Magner, who works with vocational programs at United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County, said about one in 300 people have some form of the disorder that affects the ability to move and maintain posture and balance.
The disorders are caused by a brain injury before, during or after birth. Only the brain’s ability to control muscles is damaged, not the muscles or nerves connecting them to the spinal cord.
“These ladies are just awesome,” Magner said. “They go out of their way to help and we really appreciate them.”
Keynote speaker Jessica Smith, a 24-year-old from Chula Vista who developed cerebral palsy after being born prematurely, agreed.
“This is absolutely amazing,” she said. “I could not imagine being at an event that helps so many kids and is put together so eloquently. I’m just blown away.”