Minnie Mouse, the Grim Reaper, Beetlejuice and the Pope are not often seen hanging out together, but when they are, it must be time for the Point Loma Association’s Annual Dinner Party. About 330 guests attended the anticipated “A Wicked Affair… Come if You Dare” event, Oct. 30 at Kona Kai Resort & Spa on Shelter Island. Most dressed in costumes touting their Halloween spirit.
The community fundraiser benefits PLA projects and with tickets priced at $100 per seat, a silent auction, the Mean Green Marketplace and other spending opportunities, the evening garnered a net profit of $75,000.
The fun started with a cocktail hour, including complimentary Champagne platters, red and white wines on each table and mixed drinks for purchase. The mingling and sipping also provided an opportunity for guests to bid in the silent auction, with prize baskets boasting goodies valued between $150 and $899 — there was even a basket offering $1,500 off the current rate for new membership at Kona Kai Resort & Spa.
For dinner, guests were treated to a butternut squash bisque, followed by a choice of pan seared salmon, braised short ribs or roasted sesame eggplant, and topped off with pumpkin cheesecake and coffee.
During dinner, PLA granted its 2019 Community Champion Award to San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox, for his support over the years. Also honored was the Mothers And Daughters Club Assisting Philanthropies (MADCAPS), which earned PLA’s 2019 Lighthouse Award, presented by District 2 City Council member Jennifer Campbell. Third-generation MADCAPS Lauren Kaase accepted the award on behalf of the organization.
The evening closed with guest auctioneer and entertainer Tony Calabrese leading a paddle bidding.