September 8, 2015 (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) – The summer heat couldn't stop the ladies of the 17th Annual Crystal Ball Gala Committee from finalizing details on one of San Diego's premiere fall events. This year's Crystal Ball Gala will be held on Saturday, November 7th, 2015. Committee members spent much of the afternoon laying out the final framework for the evening's program, coordinating auction items, and even hand-wrapping Gala gift boxes.
Returning to the premier and private Del Mar Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe, the evening will include a lavish cocktail reception, gourmet dinner by Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse Grille, dancing to one of San Diego’s top local bands, Something Simple, and one-of-a-kind live auction items.
This year's live auction items include a five day private-luxury sailing yacht cruise around the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Thomas and St. John, an exclusive Yellowstone National Park private ranch vacation, and a Super Bowl 50 party that includes a brand new high-definition TV and catering by InSlider Gourmet Food Truck. In addition, there will be an exciting line up of silent, super silent, and premium wine auctions.
Peggy Keers, Vice President of Human Resources for Harrah's Resort Southern California has been named as the 2015 Gala's Honorary Chair. For more than 30 years, Peggy Keers has delivered an unsurpassed level of leadership in Human Resources to Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. Keers has played a pivotal role in the development of the property's award-wining HR practices. Harrah's Southern California has received the San Diego Society of HR Management's Workplace Excellence award four times since 2007. In 2008 Keers was recognized as the HR Professional of the Year by San Diego Business Journal and in 2009 she received the Excellence in Leadership Award, the highest executive honor at Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.
Keers first heard about Casa de Amparo at a community event in 2010. Since then, she has built a partnership that has enhanced the lives of thousands of Casa Kids. Harrah's Resort Southern California has since become a Signature Partner, sponsoring Casa de Amparo's yearly events as well as donating their banquet space and catering services. Keers is a member of the San Diego Society of HR Management and serves on the SDSU Human Resources Advisory Board, CSUSM Hospitality Advisory Board, and Casa de Amparo's Board of Directors. In 2012, Keers was recognized as Volunteer of the Quarter having contributed 225 volunteer hours. Keers is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a BS in Business Administration. Peggy and her husband Ray reside in Carlsbad and they have one adult son, Jared.
2014 Crystal Ball Committee (bottom to top): Kayleen Huffman (Co-Chair), Carolyn Konecki (Co-Chair), Mary Ann Bosanac, Vicki Barclay, Anna Leyrer (Special Event Coordinator), Marilyn Goldstein, Shelly Haxton, Darla Allen, Kim Fandel, Sheri Hallis, Sharon Stein, and Kim Grant
ABOUT CRYSTAL BALL GALA
In 1999, visionary Casa de Amparo patrons and community members conceived the idea of a gala that would raise substantial funds to help each Casa Kid look into his or her own crystal ball and see a brighter future. All proceeds raised at Crystal Ball Gala directly benefit Casa de Amparo’s programs and services supporting San Diego children and families affected by or at risk of child abuse or neglect.
ABOUT CASA DE AMPARO
Established in 1978, Casa de Amparo is recognized as a leader in treating and preventing child abuse and neglect in San Diego County and beyond, with locations in Oceanside and San Marcos. The non-profit organization annually serves 1000 Casa Kids, from prenatal to 25 years old, as well as over 900 families, through six integrated programs that promote healing, growth, and healthy relationships. These programs include Residential Services, Counseling Services, Family Visitation, Hayward Child Development Center, New Directions, and Young Parent Network. Casa de Amparo is the San Diego Chargers Courage House, part of a national network of NFL teams and local charities dedicated to the prevention of child abuse.