On Monday, Sept. 24, Casa de Amparo and Chef Jeffrey Strauss partnered to present a special Crystal Ball Gala pre-auction item—a Pizza & Paella party at Strauss’s private home overlooking the ocean in the Solana Beach hills. Strauss, chef/owner of Pamplemousse Grille in Del Mar, offered a one-of-a-kind dining experience for over 20 guests, raising $10,000 for the nonprofit’s programs and services supporting children and families affected by or at risk of child abuse or neglect. Guests included Rick and Kayleen Huffman, honorary chairs of the this year’s 14th Annual Bassett Crystal Ball Gala; Sharon Stein, gala chair; Jenny Craig; Lizbeth Ecke and David Meyer; Lou and Judy Ferrero; Lola and Walter Green; Brent Katsakos; Dawn Leeds and Kenneth Sanger; John and Cathy Lynch; Dean and Susie Spanos; and Dan and Barbie Spinazzola. Tickets and underwriting opportunities are still available for the gala which will be held Saturday, Nov. 3 starting at 6 p.m. at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe. For tickets and information, see www.casadeamparo.org or contact Trina Godwin, firstname.lastname@example.org, 760-566-3560.