The 52nd annual Dia del Sol was amazing from start to finish, and we are so grateful to every single person who made it possible—many of whom you’ll never see, who ask for zero credit, and are so essential to elements big and small.
There are those who volunteer, donate, and offer their talents year after year without batting an eyelash, and those who have only just discovered us and eagerly jumped on board. And of course, every single person who made a donation, bought a seat, won an auction item, or raised a paddle are the reason why we can do what we do, which is raise as much money as possible to support the work of UCP San Diego and ultimately, our neighbors living with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.
Thank you ALL!
Beach & Country Guild founders Gladys Irwin and Jeanne Blumenthal launched Dia del Sol as an intimate gathering at a private home that included lunch and games of bridge and tennis. The event has grown to host between 150 to 250 ladies annually, and over the course of the Guild’s history, Dia del Sol has been held at some of the most spectacular private residences in Rancho Santa Fe.
More recently, the event has moved to other locations, including Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, and Park Hyatt Aviara, to accommodate our growing audience, but the Guild’s dedication to UCPSD remains unwavering, consistently generating between $150,000-$250,000 annually.
Traditionally, guests at Dia del Sol will enjoy silent and live auctions, plus additional opportunity drawing chances, wine pull, and more. The most powerful element of the luncheon is arguably the children’s fashion show, starring child models of varying abilities, including those affected by cerebral palsy. The event’s grand finale is a professionally staged fashion show featuring fall looks from premium designer brands.
The Guild is fortunate to have a dedicated following. So much of our support is comprised of wonderful friends and neighbors who’ve been attending Dia del Sol for decades, many of whom have even been previous hostesses, and who count Dia del Sol among their most anticipated events of the year. It is our hope that every person who comes to experience Dia del Sol for the first time is simply a return guest in the making!