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Charity dinner features legendary Dionne Warwick

RANCHO SANTA FE — Two local women, Del Mar resident Arline “A.J.” Genis and Rancho Santa Fe community member, Celeste Hudson, are hosting an upcoming banquet, “Touching Hearts Across Nations.” The June 27 event is expected to draw 700 guests at the Morgan Run Club & Resort.

With iconic singer and five time Grammy award winner, Dionne Warwick, as their featured entertainer, there is a buzz about this soiree.

Hudson describes “Touching Hearts Across Nations,” as an opportunity to help two different youth charities in different parts of the world.

“I am very passionate about children because ultimately they are our future,” Hudson said. “Any opportunity I have that I can give back means everything to me.”

This special charity event will be dividing its proceeds to both Promises2Kids based in San Diego and, IGNITE, an Alpha Montessori School located in East Delhi, India.

While Promises2Kids is well-funded, Genis said, caring for 3,700 foster kids is like financing the Four Seasons every single day. The organization needs ongoing support.

“Through IGNITE, these children will be the first generation in their family to be educated,” said Hudson, adding how the parents and grandparents are illiterate and severely impoverished.

It was Genis who decided to approach the Morgan Run Club & Resort. “It’s my club and gave them first crack,” she said. “And they have bent over backwards to help.”

Due to the Bernardo Fire, there was a week where Hudson’s lines were down and ticket sales grinded to a halt. Now, things are back on track.

Because San Diego is such a generous community, Genis said, it’s looking bright again.

Genis expects celebrities to be in attendance because Warwick is so adored. While Warwick sings many of her top, memorable hits during the course of the evening, other talents will take center stage such world regarded violinist, Irina Tseitlin, and The Young Divas.

Jaime Chambers will serve as master of ceremonies.

The event will also showcase impressive silent and live auctions items, as well as opportunity drawings.

This charity banquet is being presented by “Show Your Talent,” a talent competition show, both created and produced by Hudson and Genis.

To learn more about the “Touching Hearts Across Nations” banquet on June 27 at 5:00 p.m., please call (858) 832-8304 or visit

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