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Art auction benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association draws closer

RANCHO SANTA FE — While art auctions attract an array of enthusiasts, knowing that any proceeds filter in a direction to support a cause makes the event even more special. On March 6, at the Fairbanks Country Club, the Alzheimer’s Association San Diego Chapter is championing its 18th annual Memories in the Making Art Auction starting at 6:30 p.m.

“We are proud to have the participation and support of some truly incredible San Diego artists, including Rock and Roll enthusiast, Patrick Carney, award-winning water colorist, Mark Sherman, accomplished oil painter, Natalie Sabin Gore, the wife of San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore,” said Jamie Hagan, communications manager at the Alzheimer’s Association. “We will also feature some nontraditional pairings including a delectable Hershey Kiss sculpture by Jean Wells Hamerslag, and three beautiful blow glass pieces by Jennifer Brennan and Kathleen Mitchell.”

Hagan said what makes this event so unique are the award-winning local artists, friends of the Association and individuals touched by Alzheimer’s disease. And the backdrop of the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club makes it a perfect venue.

“Proceeds of the event will go to support programs and services for the more than 60,000 San Diegans and their families battling this devastating disease, as well as advance critical research for a cure,” she said.

While the evening will be brimming with artistic expression, Hagan wants people to know that a silent auction of lovely artwork created by those with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia will be available. A live auction of work crafted by professional artists will also take place.

“Guests will also enjoy delicious culinary stations and live acoustic music by local band, Ottopilot,” she said. “Kristen Cusato of KUSI news and a former caregiver for her mother will be emceeing the event along with the talented Clint Bell acting as the evening auctioneer.”
Hagan shared there will be an added bonus during the course of the fundraiser. There will be “evening pairing” and “experience pairing.”

For example, Hagan said, Mark Sherman’s lighthouse pairing will be auctioned off with a Zolna Yacht Sunset Cruise for 12 on San Diego Bay.

Realizing the effort it takes to put on an event of this magnitude, Hagan wanted to acknowledge its generous founding chair, Darlene Shiley. Event committee members include Barbara Mulligan, Bettina Hahn Osborne, Tammy Rooke and Cree Scudder

For those interested in attending or perusing the artwork, visit or call (858) 966-3299 for additional information.

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