Rancho Santa Fe event benefits Casa de Amparo


More than 30 members strong, the Crystal Ball Gala Committee has been working since January to ensure that the 2011 Crystal Ball Gala will be the biggest and best to date. Now in its 13th year, the gala is a key fundraiser for Casa de Amparo. Founded in 1978, the 501 (c)(3) nonprofit is recognized for leadership in the treatment and prevention of child abuse in the San Diego community.

“I am thrilled to be able to support such an important cause and to work with such a dedicated group of volunteers,” said Diane Lekvin, committee chair. Jerry and Sharon Stein, Casa de Amparo supporters for over 25 years, are the 2011 honorary chairs. The gala will be held at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. Tickets are $350 per person and include a lavish cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, live music, dancing and exciting silent and live auctions. Underwriting and patron opportunities are also available. For more information, see

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