Heart of San Diego Gala ‘An Affair to Remember’


The 15th annual Heart of San Diego Gala was “An Affair to Remember.” CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta served as master of ceremonies at the Feb. 25 event that honored RSF’s Wendy Walker, Emmy-winning producer of “Larry King Live,” and Randall Woods, founder and managing director of Eden Woods Investments.

Held at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, the 2012 Heart of San Diego benefits UC San Diego’s Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center.


Photos: Rob McKenzie

The success of the Heart of San Diego gala has been possible thanks to contributions from wide range of supporters, including world-renowned fashion designer Zandra Rhodes.

Event honorees Walker and Woods are being recognized for their dedicated, long-standing support of the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, which opened its new facility last year on the La Jolla campus of UC San Diego as a nucleus for clinical care and cardiovascular research in the region.

Set at the, the Heart of San Diego gala will begin on Feb. 25 with cocktails at 6:00 p.m., featuring wine tastings from Northern California wineries Stags Leap and Jessup Cellars. The reception will also feature jewelry for purchase, including a suite of jewels from the Elizabeth Taylor estate from Antique & Estate Jewelry and Baron & Baroness Jewels. Half of all proceeds from the jewelry sales will benefit the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center. Attendees will also have the opportunity to interact with a da Vinci Surgical System. Dinner will start at 7:30 p.m., with dancing to follow.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center. The cost to attend the gala is $500 to $650 per person. Attire will be black-tie or 1950’s glamour. Tables can be purchased for $5,000 to $6,500. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For information and to purchase tickets, please or call (858) 534-6223.