Philanthropist Madeleine Pickens, Co-Chair Dominique Plewes and the Del Mar Country Club have announced that more than $1 million was raised at the March 21 benefit event to support the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation.
This year’s fundraiser, sponsored by American Airlines, Bumble Bee Foods, Corky’s Pest Control, John Matty Co., NAMMO, Kimmelman Family Foundation, Pamplemousse Grille, Taylor Made, Adidas, Ashworth and Adams, Cymer, Wells Fargo Bank, and others, attracted 125 golfers at the annual Scramble Golf Tournament, and 360 attendees at the spectacular evening dinner gala.
This event recognized and thanked the Naval Special Warfare community and their families for their military service, and honored their fallen heroes.
For the second year in a row, the event’s opening morning ceremony featured bagpipers performing patriotic songs and a spectacular skydiving exhibition by Skydiving Innovations. Michael Thornton, Navy SEAL and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient kicked off the golf tournament with welcoming comments.
The evening gala dinner featured keynote speaker General Michael Hayden, a retired Air Force four-star general who served as both the Director of the CIA and the NSA, and guest speaker Curt Cronin, a combat decorated Special Operations Commander in the Navy SEALs, who is now co-founder and senior partner at Mastery Technologies.
The event welcomed distinguished guests, including New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees; NFL Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk, professional golf coach Hank Haney and PGA golfer Dave Stockton, Jr.; and San Diego community and business leaders who joined in and donated items, including Jeffrey Strauss, The Pattisons from Scotland, Sandy Sandoval, James and Lauree Moffett, Jenny Craig, The Manoogians, Michelle Weinger and her family, former San Diego Charger Donnie Edwards and his wife Kathryn, Sugar Ray and Bernadette Leonard, Tricia and Jermaine Dye, Trevor and Tracy Hoffman, and John Matty. The event also received generous support from Pamplemousse Grille and Chef Jeffrey Strauss, Suja, Maserati, GSM Outdoors, Mercedes of Escondido, Cart Mart, Trident Manor Kennels, Yamaha, Hard Rock San Diego, John Matty Co., and a number of generous individual donors.
For more information and to donate online, visit www.sealnswff.org.
Photos by Elegant Photography (www.elegantphotography.net).