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Gala to support medical center

RANCHO SANTA FE — For those who want to embark on an evening of extravaganza, the annual Circus Nights Gala hosted by the Rancho Santa Fe Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital is the premier destination.

On Jan. 31, those participating in this magical evening at the Grand Del Mar will ultimately benefit the Sam S. and Rose Stein Emergency Care Center to support its Resuscitation Room Project.

In the San Diego County Region, the Center is the only one of its kind selected as pediatric trauma care, Level 1.

The need to support this cause is immense. Annually, there are roughly 70,000 patients who require these emergency care visits.

Marking the 18th annual gala, co-chairs of the 2015 Circus Nights Gala are Rancho Santa Fe residents Greta Sybert and Sandra den Uijl.

Sybert shared its Auxiliary is a unit that is dedicated to helping those who are at a disadvantage; and, seeking donations to improve the quality of the hospital and get funding to be able to help alleviate or lessen the suffering of the less fortunate.

“At the Rancho Santa Fe unit we are fully aware that help is not a merit but a privilege of those who have a little more, because we feel it is a way to give back to life a little of what it has already given so much of,” Sybert said.  “The Rancho Santa Fe Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital is the largest Rady Auxiliary Unit and the second oldest, founded in 1968.”

Over the past 17 years, Sybert pointed out, the Rancho Santa Fe Auxiliary Unit has raised more than $9 million dollars for Rady Children’s Hospital.

Sybert went on to say that the theme of the gala was inspired by Erin Morgenstern’s book entitled, “Night Circus.”

“Circus Nights will feature a Cirque du Soleil style show extravaganza. The internationally acclaimed group ‘Il Circo’ will share their dream as they present, ‘Viaggio,’” she said, noting how this word translates into journey.  She continued, “Viaggio presents modern day acrobatics into a rich tapestry of song, dance, and fantasy in a brilliant choreographed journey.”

While all attendees will be mesmerized by the show, they also have the opportunity to take part in live and silent auctions, and a sophisticated sit-down dinner.

Sybert said the evening won’t stop there.  More festivities will continue with the “after party” with dancing to DJ’s top-shelf handpicks.

As mentioned earlier, all proceeds will be filtered to the Resuscitation Room Project at the Emergency Department at the Sam S. and Rose Stein Emergency Care Center.

Sybert wants people to know that the Rady Children’s Resuscitation Room will transform emergency healthcare education and advance patient care through the availability and upgrading of high-tech equipment for both simulation training, and rapid diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of critically ill children.

The Gala Committee is comprised of 14 volunteers.  Sybert describes this group of women as working hard to create an amazing atmosphere to entice guests into a fairytale setting.

“I’m looking forward to what promises to be an event full of surprises,” she said.

To learn more about the Gala including tickets, auction donors, or financial contributions, please contact Sybert at or visit the event site at

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