Makers of San Diego History

Makers of San Diego History Annual Gala
honoring the Jewish Community of San Diego

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Schedule of Events

6 – 10PM 
Reception, Dinner and Program at the
Hyatt Regency, La Jolla at Aventine

Tickets and Table Options


  • Tickets at $180 General seating ($80 tax deductible)
  • VIP Tickets at $250 VIP seating, includes self-parking ($150 tax deductible)
  • Table for 10 $1,800 General seating ($800 tax deductible)
  • VIP Table for 10 $2,500 VIP seating, includes valet parking for host ($1,500 tax deductible)
Purchase Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking on the “Purchase Tickets” button, or by contacting the San Diego History Center at or (619) 232-6203 ext. 111.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. If you are unable to attend the event, please consider making a donation to the San Diego History Center. 

Extend the evening and stay the night! Special discounts on rooms for Gala guests. Make your reservation here.


2016 100th Year of the San Diego Zoo and Zoological Society
(Click link to see details about last year’s Makers event!)

2015 Centurions of San Diego

2014 U.S. Military in San Diego and Walter J. Zable

2013 The Craft Brew Industry

2012 The Tuna Industry
2011 Sol Price

2010 Qualcomm, Inc.

2008 Transformation of Naval Training Center into Liberty Station: Wayne Donaldson, Jack Ensch, Susan Golding, Wayne Raffesberger and Mike Stepner

2007 Daniel J Tucker, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and Terry Cooper, Las Patronas

2005 Fred Lewis, Heart of San Diego

2003 Pauline des Granges, The Junior League of San Diego, The Evans Family and The Hom Family

2002 Honorable Lionel Van Deerlin, Honorable Leon Williams, Mary and Dallas Clark, and Robert M. Witty, Retiring Executive Director

2001 Philip Klauber, Dorothy Smith, Gustavo Romero, The Burnham Family

Saturday, June 10, 2017


On June 10th, 2017 the San Diego History Center will host our annual gala at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine.

The San Diego History Center’s annual gala, The Makers of San Diego History, honors the institutions, communities, and people who have made history in their own time. This year we will be honoring the Jewish community in San Diego and celebrating their uniqueness and vast contributions to the place we all call home.  Please join us for this festive evening with Master of Ceremonies, Dan Cohen, Morning Anchor, KFMB-TV, CBS8.

The event will consist of a reception, dinner, and program.

New this year, “Raise the Paddle” to benefit our education program and the production of the documentary film, Jewish San Diego.

Planning Committee

Debby Cushman Parrish*, Gala Chair, Diane Benaroya, Terri Bignell, Britny Camacho, Lisa Culver, Sandy McIsaac, Sandy Perlatti, Juliet Zimmer, Joellyn Zollman, Ph.D.

Honorary Committee

Robert F. Adelizzi*, Frank Alessi*, Charles Bieler*, Richard Bregante*, Raymond Carpenter*, Brian Chambers*, Joe Craver*, Marjorie & Stephen Cushman, Laura Galinson & Jody Diamond, Dan Eaton*, Phyllis and Daniel Epstein, Jane & Thompson* Fetter, Jim Fitzpatrick*, J. Kevin Heinly*, Gayle Hom*, Robert A. Kittle*, Brian Mooney*, John Morrell*, Hal Sadler*, Hon. Lynn Schenk, Ellis C. Smith*, Karen & Jeff Silberman, Mary Walshok, Ph.D., Margie* & John H. Warner, Jr,. Allan Wasserman*, Sharon & David Wax, Randi & Charles Wax, Bob Watkins*, Stephen B. Williams*, Gayle & Hon. Pete Wilson

The San Diego History Center thanks the following
Exhibition and Event Sponsors for their support


Carleton Management Inc.
Foster Family **
Principal Sponsor

Jane & Thompson Fetter | Randi & Charles Wax Family and the Sharon & David Wax Family

Major Sponsors

Joan & Jeremy Berg | Phyllis and Daniel Epstein | L’Chaim Magazine | Lawrance Contemporary Furniture

The Viterbi Family** | Margie & John H. Warner, Jr.

* San Diego History Center Trustee
** Charitable gifts provided from a donor advised fund at The Jewish Community Foundation

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are unable to attend, please consider a 100% tax-deductible sponsorship and receive recognition at event. Sponsorship benefits available.

  • $15,000 Dinner
  • $10,000 Reception
  • $5,000 Dessert or Audio/Visual (2 options)
  • $2,500 Program Printing or Décor (2 options)
  • $1,800 Entertainment, Photography or Volunteer Meals (3 options)
  • $1,000 Friend
  • $500 Contributor

For more information, please contact Chief Development Officer Lisa Culver (619) 232-6203 ext. 148.

Event Gallery

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