Helen Woodward Animal Center to hold Spring Fling Gala in Rancho Santa Fe


Helen Woodward Animal Center will hold its Silver Anniversary of the Annual Spring Fling Gala presented by EDCO. Celebrating 25 years of philanthropy, the Fling Committee, headed by Committee Chair Rebecca Vigil and Honorary Co-Chairs Nathan and Mindy Fletcher, will host an unforgettable black-tie event paying tribute to a community that has touched countless precious lives through a quarter century of giving. Set in an elegant location, this history-making evening, benefiting the Center’s programs for animals and people in-need, is scheduled for Saturday, June 1, from 5:30 p.m. to midnight at Fairbanks Village Plaza in Rancho Santa Fe.

This year’s Gala will be unlike any before as former chairs and co-chairs unite to remember the past celebrations which helped raise funds to establish and maintain Helen Woodward’s extensive list of programs helping animals and people. With a look back at Spring Flings from the past and a special award ceremony for the Fling Committee leaders who led the way, the high-class fete will be the must-attend event of the year.

The evening will open with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction before a dinner of taste-portioned classic and innovative dishes. Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Spring Fling Gala is known for its 5-star dining experience which highlights delectable tastings from San Diego’s top restaurants and features a celebrity judge to determine both the Best Food and Most Creative category. Spring Fling Restaurant Chair Ann Dizney has secured an impressive restaurant lineup, including such fine-dining favorites as Pacifica Del Mar, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, The Melting Pot, Burlap and Piatti, to name a few. Celebrity judges will determine the winners.

After dinner, guests will toast with local beer, wine, and spirits while enjoying live entertainment, exciting special guest appearances, fuzzy VIPs and a rousing live auction with some of the best auction items the Committee has ever assembled – including a two-hour private lunch with the Oscar Award-winning film icon and animal welfare advocate Diane Keaton!

Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of two extraordinary Wine Cellars (one valued at $1,000 and the other valued at $2,000) including both red and white bottles, each with a 92 point rating or higher and each averaging $75. The Cellar wines are collected at the “Corks for Critters” Helen Woodward Animal Center Wine Party – an event that will take place this year at the Del Mar Country Club on May 23 between 5 – 7 p.m.

Tickets to the 25th Annual Spring Fling Gala can be purchased in Silver, Gold and Platinum levels (ranging from $250 - $500 a ticket) with various special amenities included at each level. Platinum level seats include a personal wait staff, bottle service for the evening, valet service, express check in and check out, a VIP take-home gift and admission to the Corks for Critters Party on May 23.

Sponsorship and auction opportunities are still available. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Melissa Alvarado at 858-756-4117 x 350 or click onto