Lucky Duck Foundation’s annual soiree set for Sept. 10
By Claire Harlin
What began as private corporate party to raise awareness and funding for those living with Falconi anemia, is now an annual event that’s open to the pubic and raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.
The Lucky Duck Foundation on Sept. 10 will host its fourth annual Swing & Soiree, which consists of a golf tournament and dinner party to follow. While the golf event is almost full, tickets to the 6 p.m. soiree are still available.
Entry is $100 but gets you way more than $100 worth of party favors, said Del Mar resident Stephanie Kilkenny, who runs the Lucky Duck Foundation with her husband Pat, who matches every penny raised out of his own pocket. Event proceeds support several causes that are close to the couple’s hearts: The Helen Woodward Animal Center, the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Father Joe’s Villages and the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund.
The soiree will feature heavy appetizers, an open bar, and silent and live auctions. Auction items include VIP backstage passes to the TV show NCIS, a trip on a private plane, various tickets to sporting events, and a year-long “date night” package of 12 different gift certificates. Jewelry, art, vacation rentals, fitness classes, spa packages and an in-home personal chef are all treats that will be up for bid as well.
All attendees of the event will also receive complimentary gifts such as Nike shirts, hats, gold towels and bags. Every attendee will get a bag full of gift cards like $20 to Spa Gregorie’s, a custom lime-squeezer and a free pearl necklace from Diamond Boutique.
Last year, the event raised $250,000 and the Kilkennys matched the proceeds, making it possible to donate $500,000 to charity. The Kilkennys’ friends and family members help out by volunteering at the event.
Stephanie Kilkenny said the amount of money raised has increased each year.
“When 2009 came around and the economy was a mess we thought we should just cancel it, but we raised more that year than the previous year, and we raise more and more each year,” she said. “The people who come love the event and keep coming back each year. They also like to raise their bids since they know my husband is matching all the dollars.”
For more information on the Lucky Duck Foundation or to purchase tickets to the event, visit www.luckyduckfoundation.org. The event will take place at the Santaluz Club, located at 8170 Caminito Santaluz East, San Diego, 92127.
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