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Diamonds are Forever CSF Benefit Auction A Spectacular Night!

Posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago


Secret agents, ‘James Bond’ gents and gorgeous ladies enjoyed a night to remember as 425 guests attended the Coronado School Foundation Diamonds are Forever Benefit Auction at the iconic Hotel del Coronado on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Donna Salof and Amel Esposito co-chaired the gala with the support of incredible volunteers as well as the CSF Board and staff. Guests mingled in the Del’s Garden Patio, enjoying the ambiance with a solo guitarist, hors d’oeuvres and Bond-themed cocktails. When the ballroom doors opened, guests were in awe of the beautifully decorated room, thanks to volunteer Heather Frank and team, who created the fabulous décor. Guests were awed by the ice luge, shadow dancers and other surprises throughout the venue.  As the sold-out crowd began their four-course gourmet dining experience, artfully created by the Del Chefs, they were entertained by a ‘James-Bond-esque’ video, produced by Tom Caitlin, with voice overs by Village students Leo Ursitti and Kalista Searles. During the Raise your Paddle initiative, five students spoke on the impact of funds raised by CSF on their education and career plans. 

The night would not have been possible With our 007 generous underwriters including Presenting Partner Donna Salof and the fabulous support of Harold Rapoza, GM, at the Hotel del Coronado, our sincerest thanks to event partners Mary Jo Morgan;  The Clements Group; California American Water;  Coronado Flood Restoration; Esthetica of San Diego; Pacific Western Bank; Alan Kinzel, Teles Properties; Spiro’s Greek Café; Kari Lyons, ParkLife Real Estate; Lyons Construction Corp.; SunPoint; S.C. Wright Construction; Haight; FSSV; Blue Bridge Hospitality; Boney’s Bayside Market; Bosworth Dental Group; Cavanaugh Construction; la mer; Coronado Brewing Company; and Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

To view photos of the event by Joan C. Fahrenthold Photography, click here and use password "csfauction2017"

Coronado Middle School Principal Karin Mellina beams with pride after students spoke at the Benefit Auction during the Raise your Paddle (l to r): Principal Karin Mellina, Sydney Stewart, 8th grade; Aaron Baumann, 6th grade; Camryn Kimura, 9th grade; Natalya Gomez, 12th grade; and Mary Grace Braun, CHS graduate 2013.  (Photo by Joan C. Fahrenthold Photography) 

Photo Above Left: Coronado Schools Foundation Board Chair Renee Cavanaugh, Gala Co-chairs Amel Esposito and Donna Salof, and CSF Vice Chair Kellen Gill enjoyed the October 14th Diamonds are Forever Benefit Auction in support of our local public schools.  (Photo by Joan C. Fahrenthold Photography) 

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