Rady Children’s Hospital is a non-profit, community-based health care organization serving San Diego and Imperial counties, with a population of more than 760,000 children under age 17.
The Rancho Santa Fe Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary originated in 1960 as the San Dieguito Unit. Its 35 charter members hailed from the large unincorporated San Dieguito area north and east of Del Mar and west of Escondido.
For approximately 16 years the unit functioned and prospered raising funds for the hospital through the sale of crafts at the Auxiliary’s Annual Craft Fair. In the ’70s the Unit’s main fundraiser was a horse show held at the Rancho Santa Fe Riding Club. Following the horse shows came the “Concerts on the Green,” a family event with musical entertainment, food and fireworks, which were held on summer evenings from 1977 through 1996.
In 1997, a decision was made to discontinue the concerts in order to focus on one event, and to enable members to complete volunteer work prior to summer. A spectacular May Gala was held at a private estate and included cocktails, dinner, dancing, and both silent and live auctions. This fundraiser became a major contributing faction of the Auxiliary for the next 11 years.
While the annual gala was well-attended and supported throughout the community, in 2008 the members decided to refresh the format in order to host an event that would both retain long-time supporters and attract new ones. We hosted Stand Up for Rady Children’s Cancer Care Center at The Grand Del Mar, an evening of fabulous food and fantastic auction items followed by a hearty laugh courtesy of signature entertainer and philanthropist Jay Leno. That tradition continues each year with Frank Caliendo, Bill Cosby, Dana Carvey and Dennis Miller, to name a few.
Today, our membership has grown to 46 active and 96 supporting members who enjoy the same spirit and tradition as those first 35 members – a commitment to support and sustain excellent health care for all children in the greater San Diego community.
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