Black-tie event to benefit Casa de Amparo

RANCHO SANTA FE — The 11th annual Crystal Ball Gala will spring to life at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club on Nov. 7 attracting hundreds of local philanthropists in support of Casa de Amparo and the shared vision of ending child abuse in San Diego County. Lou and Judy Ferrero of Rancho Santa Fe are Honorary Chairs. ProFlowers is the Title Partner.
Crystal Ball Committee members have been working since January to plan an elegant evening and secure more than 100 tempting auction items, according to committee co-chairwomen Judy Keys and Karen Kogut.
“There’s something for everyone,” Live Auction Chairwoman Jan Reital said. “One item that stirs competitive bidding each year is a private hands-on cooking lesson with Jeffrey Strauss.” Strauss, who will be preparing dinner for gala guests, is the chef/owner of the Pamplemousse Grille in Solana Beach.
Other auction items include a fisherman’s dream Alaskan fishing expedition, a behind-the-scenes tour at the Navy SEALS training facility, a child-sized Mercedes Electric car, and an art and wine vacation experience in the famed Tuscany region of Italy. For just $100, guests can purchase a chance to win a 1-carat champagne diamond or a premium “wine cellar to go” valued at more than $6,000.
Individual tickets are still available at $300 per person as well as patron and underwriting opportunities. Tickets and information are online at or contact Keely Tidrow at (760) 754-5500 or