Fundraiser trades black ties for denim

RANCHO SANTA FE — In a departure from the stuffy, black tie, sit-down dinner fundraiser, the group from the Torrey Pines High School Foundation opted for a more upbeat, casual evening as its major event of the year.
This year again, it will be held at the Belly Up in Solana Beach featuring the popular band Atomic Groove. Jeans are the recommended attire for the March 27 “Pump Up The Volume” event.
It will be the second year at the more casual venue.
“Last year it was super fun,” Joan Fabiano said.
One of the more popular parts of the fundraiser is the online wine auction beginning this year on March 6. On Feb. 21, Joan and Rocco Fabiano opened their home to welcome guests whose entry fee was a bottle of wine valued at $35 or more for the auction. About 100 guests sipped wine and nibbled hors d’hoeuvres prepared by the board members of the foundation while networking with other foundation supporters.
Co-chairwomen of this year’s gala are Jackie Busch and Denise Small.
Between the online wine auction, the Belly Up event, and a live auction there, organizers hope to raise about $100,000 for the school’s programs, said Bobbi Karlson, executive director of the foundation.
Funds are earmarked for the College and Career Center and for Shared Vision, which is what Karlson calls, “a crash course in compassion and sensitivity training.” She said students learn to walk in the shoes of others and experience what they feel.
Wine auction bids can be directed to Tickets cost $75 each, and can be purchased online or by calling (858) 793-3551.