Lucky Duck Foundation’s annual Swing & Soiree to raise funds for local charities

By Kristina Houck

While some fundraisers raise money for one charity, Lucky Duck Foundation’s annual Swing & Soiree benefits four organizations.

Attendees at the fifth annual event — a golf tournament and dinner party Sept. 30 — will help the homeless, fight against disease, support challenged athletes and save animals.

The fundraiser began in 2005 as a private corporate party to raise awareness and funds for those living with Falconi anemia, a rare, inherited blood disorder that leads to bone marrow failure. Now called Swing & Soiree, the annual event is open to the pubic and benefits the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, Father Joe’s Villages, the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Pat and Stephanie Kilkenny, the founders of the Lucky Duck Foundation, match every penny raised.

“We’ve both been so fortunate in our lives with friends, family and finances, so we’ve always given back,” said foundation CEO Stephanie Kilkenny. “The foundation and Swing & Soiree is a way to help other people get involved in all of those efforts, making it fun and doubling the amount of money we give.”

Tickets cost $100 for the event, which will be emceed by Bill Walton, retired basketball player and television sportscaster, and Peter Jacobsen, professional golfer and commentator.

The Swing & Soiree at the Santaluz Club will include a shamble-style golf tournament, followed by an evening reception featuring a full bar, appetizers and live and silent auctions. Some of this year’s auction items include a trip on a private jet, Super Bowl tickets and a signed “Modern Family” poster. Attendees will also be able to shop at Chic Mommy, Chris Bolton Jewelry, Dahlia Traveling Boutique and Peace & Love, which will set up shop at the event. A portion of the proceeds raised at the boutiques will be donated to the foundation.

“The $100 entrance fee to the Soiree is really a bargain. You get a lot of fun swag, and there’s an open bar and buffet, so everybody feels like they get their money’s worth,” Kilkenny said. “We’d love to have some new people come out and just see how much fun the event is.”

The Lucky Duck Foundation has donated more than $3 million since the organization founded. Last year, the event raised $300,000 and the Kilkennys matched the proceeds to donate a total of $600,000 to charity.

“It’s a great day, just really enjoyable,” Kilkenny said. “Everybody is there for a cause and a lot of fun.”

The Swing kicks off at 12:30 p.m. and the Soiree starts at 6 p.m. on Sept. 30 at The Santaluz Club, 8170 Caminito Santaluz East, San Diego.

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