Be the next contestant at the Community Center Gala

RANCHO SANTA FE — “Let the Games Begin” is the interactive game show theme for this year’s Rancho Santa Fe Community Center Gala May 8, at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, 5951 Linea del Cielo.
Known as a premiere community event and as the best party of the year, this year marks the 32nd occasion of celebrating the Rancho Santa Fe neighborhood and the Community Center that provides activities, programs and services.
The theme Let the Games Begin will take you back in time to the classic game shows. Adding excitement to the cocktail and silent auction portion of the evening, guests will have both the opportunity to bid on items in the traditional sense, as well as to spin the Wheel of Fortune to instantly win.
You can also putt your way to winnings with a “Hole-in-One” and “Closest to the Pin” competitions.
Later in the evening, a portion of the live auction will be offered in the form of the game show “Deal or No Deal.” Guests will be presented with a selection of live auction items of relative value and bid for the opportunity to play. The highest bidders will then take the stage and proceed to play “Deal or No Deal” for this special selection of items.
Finally, there will be a special VIP Winner’s Circle lounge, which will feature more betting games to keep the energy flowing on and off the dance floor.
Committee Chair Elise Molin and her game show team, Alchera Ayyad, Leslie DeGoler, Stacey Feinberg, Koki Reasons, Kim Smart and Allison Williams have been diligently working with Steve Redfearn and Associates to incorporate various elements of nostalgic game show concepts into the party atmosphere.
“We are doing something very fun and out of the box this year!” Molin said. “With the energy of the games, the competition among friends, the “Deal or No Deal” live auction and the dancing, it’s going to be a night of many memorable moments.”
Another energizing difference this year is that dinner will not be a formal sit down affair. Instead, guests will be able to sample from a number of food stations offering a greater variety of delectable food items from The Inn’s chef, without interrupting the fun and the flow of the evening. Lounge furniture, belly up tables and seating will be widely available.
Cost is $250 for members and $275 for non-members. Community Center patrons accustomed to purchasing tables of 10 will instead be able to purchase tickets in groups of ten with VIP seating for the Deal or No Deal auction presentation.
Gala sponsorship opportunities, ranging from $1,000 up to $20,000 are also available for any interested parties. Benefits of sponsorship include corporate partnership, business advertisement and publicity, specialty seating during the event, and much more.
A special lower price benefiting Community Center members was instituted for this year’s gala and other favorite events and activities throughout the year, such as the Lip Sync Contest, Family Movie Nights, the annual Golf Tournament and Sunset Soirees.
“We are working to create more value for our members and lower prices is just a part of it,” DeGoler said. “We are looking for new ways to provide the services the community needs and to add more family and adult-oriented programs.”
“A good part of our Rancho Santa Fe identity comes from celebrations that bring us together and provide us the opportunity to connect as a neighborhood, such as Rancho Days and the 4th of July Parade, both organized each year by the Community Center.”
Possible new events and programs include a Wine Tasting Event, an adults-only movie night at The Inn, a weekend farmers market, a historic house and garden tour and a program to provide weekly assistance to seniors by helping to send and receive email messages and photos from loved ones.
“Believing in and supporting the value that the community center brings to Rancho Santa Fe is what the annual gala is all about and we hope to see all of our members and neighbors there.”
For more information about the event, sponsorship opportunities or to purchase your ticket, contact the Community Center at (858) 756-2461 or online at


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