Wine-tasting benefits Children’s Hospital

COAST CITIES —To borrow from jazz great, Nina Simone, “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day” and the ladies of the Del Mar Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary are “feeling good” about the changes they are making to the annual fundraising event entitled, “Heard it Through the Grapevine.”

Grace Evans and Melinda Tucker are Co-Chairwomen fir this year’s food- and wine-tasting event sponsored by the Del Mar Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary at The Santaluz Club May 10. Courtesy photo
Tickets are available now for the “Grapevine,” a food- and wine-tasting party executed by an all-volunteer group of women who have a special love for children and Rady Children’s Hospital. This year, the event has moved to the rolling hills of The Santaluz Club and is scheduled for May 10. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Emergency Department at Rady’s, which is need of new equipment.

“Heard it Through the Grapevine” had traditionally been held in Del Mar, most recently at the Del Mar Plaza roof deck. But a desire for more space prompted this year’s event co-chairs, Melinda Tucker and Grace Evans, to consider looking just a few miles inland at a new location. “We want our guests to get the sense of a beautiful wine country and The Santaluz Club does just that with its natural beauty and hilltop location,” said event co-chair Evans.

The members of the Del Mar Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary are now hard at work orchestrating the 52nd annual “Heard it Through the Grapevine” and are accepting donations for the silent and live auctions. Chef Brian Malarkey of Burlap in Del Mar has already gifted “Brunch and Drinks for 10 at Herringbone,” his newest restaurant in La Jolla. Corporate sponsors for the event are also being considered. Tickets will be $75 per guest (21 and up only) and will include wine, beer, food, music, silent and live auctions. If you are interested in helping with this year’s event or want more information, visit, e-mail or call (858) 336-8890.