New venue for ‘Heard it through the Grapevine’ wine taste benefiting Rady Children’s Hospital Emergency Department on May 10

To borrow from jazz great, Nina Simone, “it’s a new dawn, it’s a new day” and the ladies of the Del Mar Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary are “feeling good” about the changes they are making to the annual fundraising event titled, “Heard it Through the Grapevine.” The “Grapevine” is a fabulous food and wine taste party meticulously executed by an all volunteer group of women who have a special love for children and Rady Children’s Hospital. This year, the ever popular event has moved to the beautiful rolling hills of The Santaluz Club and is scheduled for Friday, May 10. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Emergency Department at Rady’s, which is need of new equipment.

“Heard it Through the Grapevine” had traditionally been held in Del Mar, most recently at the Del Mar Plaza roof deck. But a desire for more space and a great opportunity prompted this year’s event co-chairs, Melinda Tucker and Grace Evans, to consider looking just a few miles inland at a new location.

“We want our guests to get the sense of a beautiful wine country and The Santaluz Club does just that with its natural beauty and hilltop location,” said event co-chair Grace Evans. The Santaluz Club is the events venue for the expansive and private gated community located adjacent to Fairbanks Ranch and Rancho Santa Fe boasting panoramic views of the coast. It is sure to excite and delight new and returning guests of the “Grapevine.”

The members of the Del Mar Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary are now hard at work orchestrating the 52nd annual “Heard it Through the Grapevine” and are accepting donations for the silent and live auctions. Chef Brian Malarkey of Burlap in Del Mar has already gifted “Brunch and Drinks for 10 at Herringbone,” his newest restaurant in La Jolla. Corporate sponsors for the event are also being considered.

Tickets will be $75 per guest (21 and up only) and will include wine, beer, food, music, silent and live auctions. If you are interested in helping with this year’s event or want more information, please visit, email or call (858) 336-8890.