Helen Woodward Animal Center to present 26th Spring Fling Gala in Rancho Santa Fe


Helen Woodward Animal Center invites animal and party-lovers to take a journey to Wonderland at the 26th Annual Spring Fling Gala, presented by EDCO. The Mad Hatter Fling Committee, headed by Committee Chairs Marlaine Fetzer and Rebecca Vigil, will host an unforgettable black-tie event “Down the Rabbit Hole.” The Center’s largest fundraiser of the year takes place on Saturday, June 7, from 5:30 p.m. to midnight at Fairbanks Village Plaza in Rancho Santa Fe and will be emceed by KUSI’s Dave Scott and Jack FM’s Shelly Dunn.

Guests will wear “Cheshire Cat” grins as the evening opens 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 Best Décor category.

Spring Fling Restaurant Chair Ann Dizney has secured an impressive restaurant lineup, including such fine-dining favorites as Searsucker Del Mar, The Fish Market, Casa Sol y Mar, The Melting Pot La Jolla, Truluck’s Seafood, Steaks & Crab House, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, and Pamplemousse Grille, to name a few.

After dinner, guests will toast to one another’s “unbirthdays” with local beer, wine, and spirits while enjoying live entertainment from The Heroes, exciting special guest appearances, fuzzy VIPs and a rousing live auction, including such exclusive items as a relaxing Hawaiian holiday, a New York City vacation in a sky-high Penthouse boasting an impressive art collection and amazing views of Central Park, VIP concert experiences, and a Colorado adventure that puts you behind the wheel of a tank!

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.

Tickets to the 26th 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 seating includes a true VIP experience from private dining and bar servers, two bottles of fine wine, a chocolate and port pairing digestif with artisan cheeseboard, priority check-in/out, valet service, a charming Wonderland souvenir and an exclusive VIP gift for each guest.

Sponsorship and auction opportunities are still available. All profits raised support the pets and programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the White Rabbit at 858-756-4117 x350 or