Funds raised in Rancho Santa Fe for the SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation

Recording artist Jessica Sanchez, one of the final two contestants of the 11th season of “American Idol,” performed the national anthem at the third annual fundraiser to benefit the SEAL-Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Family Foundation on March 22 at the Del Mar Country Club.

The 18-year-old songstress, who was born and raised in Chula Vista and whose father is a U.S. Navy veteran and serves in the U.S. Navy Reserve, rose to glory by belting out soaring ballets by the likes of Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston as the American Idol runner-up in 2011. She is currently a recording artist with 19 recordings and released her debut album “Me, You and the Music” in 2013.

This year’s SEAL-NSW Family Foundation fundraiser kicked off with a Scramble Golf Tournament followed by evening festivities, including a cocktail reception, live and super silent auctions, dinner and entertainment, and a spectacular speakers lineup, including Vice Adm. Robert S. Harward, Jr., a Navy SEAL and former deputy commander of the U.S. Central Command; and Michael Thornton, retired Navy SEAL and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Sponsored by TaylorMade, American Airlines, Bumble Bee Tuna, Wells Fargo Bank, The Pangaea Group of Morgan Stanley” and others, the event thanks Navy SEALs and their families for their military service, and honors fallen heroes. Event co-chairs were Madeleine Pickens and Dominique Plewes.

For more information, visit

MOST Photos/Jon Clark