The Autism Society San Diego held their 17th Annual Splash for Cash fundraiser on Sunday April 29, 2018. The event raised money to support the many, popular aquatics and family programs offered by the organization through Pool PALS-Pool for Persons with Autism Learning to Swim. This was the most successful event ever held with over $54,000 raised.
The money raised will offset the cost for 90 local children, teens and adults to attend Surf Camp for Persons with Autism held at La Jolla Shores. The surf camp started in 2002 and provides one on one, autism experienced surf instructors for each and every participant to maximize their fun and beach experience while insuring they remain safe.
A portion of the money raised will provide swimming lesson scholarships for autistic children and adults to learn to swim. Most individuals with autism require one on one instruction when they are first learning to swim. The cost for lessons is often prohibitive for many families. Through the scholarship program, individuals receive 3 months of one on one lessons with swim teachers skilled in working with autistic persons. With the money raised we will be able to provide 210 scholarships in 2018.
The remaining money will be used to support our free monthly, family pool and gym parties held year round. Each month over 200 people attend these events where their entire family can enjoy a fun evening out in a supportive and safe environment.
The Splash for Cash 2018 was successful in large part due to the generous donations of our sponsors and supporters including the Nemeth Foundation who also had the event team who raised the most money; Flex Watches; Lincoln, Gustafson, Cercos LLC; Aqua Pros Swim School; Shelly Van Brabant, Realtor Coldwell Banker; Bridges Educational Corporation; and Headhunter Suncare.
On May 30, 2018 the Alexander and Eva Nemeth Foundation had the pleasure and honor to be one of the power sponsors of the Women of Dedication Salvation Army Luncheon.
The Luncheon was held at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and honored the 2018 class of 12 Women of Dedication. These ladies are individuals who have consistently dedicated their time, resources, talent and heart to help those in need.
The funds raised at the event will go directly to the issues of homelessness and human trafficking. Also, 81 percent of every dollar raised in San Diego County goes directly to the local programs.
The Alexander and Eva Nemeth Foundation congratulates the 12 Wonder Women of 2018 class: Deborah Law Cross, Suzi Day, Laurie Durisoe, Angela Harris, Dayna Hoff, Kimberly Hunt, Regina Kurtz, Radine Sally Watt Oxley, Rana Sampson, Claudia Thompson, Vickie Turner, and Katryn Vaughn.
Junior Achievement of San Diego County celebrated its “1 Millionth Student” served since the non-profit first opened its doors in 1950. This special event and press conference took place on April 24, 2018 at the JA Campus.
During the event, honored guests were presented with testimonials of JA students, alumni and JA board members. A few enthusiast students shared their stories and passion for the life changing programs offered at JA.
JA’s financial literacy programs teach K-12 students how to plan for a meaningful career, start a business and manage their money.
The fundraising ” 1 Millionth Student Campaign” will help reach $5million to impact 20% of the San Diego Student population by 2020. It will enable the non-profit to reach students from all communities, including the ones in the low income areas.
To help launch the campaign, the Alexander and Eva Nemeth Foundation made a very generous donation gift to name the “Circle of Life” in Mission Fed JA Finance Park.
On April 17, 2018 we were happy to host an intimate site dedication of The Nemeth NICU Follow Up Clinic at the Sharp Mary Birch Hospital.
Our guests were welcomed with “wishing leaves” that enabled them to record their wishes and thoughts for the clinic and their patients.
They were also introduced to floor plans and layouts of the site.
Our Follow up Clinic will promote optimal growth and success for the babies born preterm through assessments and interventions. In this way we ensure the babies meet their developmental milestones throughout childhood.
“The clinic compassionate treatment and support for children and families validate the long term results of the hospital’s innovative studies and give patience the best possible chance to grow into healthy, school ready learners who thrive.” Julie Novak, Program Manager of Neodevelopmental Nemeth Follow Up Clinic.
On Sunday March 25 we were happy to sponsor and attend the Soroptimist International High Tea and Fashion show. This beautiful event sold out completely!
More than 400 women (and a few gentlemen) came to support and raise money to help women and children victims of domestic violence.
“What you are doing is saving lives, helping victims of domestic violence fight their way out of darkness, and into the light.” San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan said.
To mention just a few of the participants in this beautiful event: Iris Mone, San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan, News 8 anchor Carlo Cecchetto, Aimee Meals, and of course the very talented Leonard Simpson who amazed us with yet another very charming fashion show.
On March 15, at the University Club, The Alexander and Eva Nemeth Foundation was honored to host a festive dinner party. The purpose of the party was to introduce our foundation and most recent projects to the San Diego community.
One of the projects announced during the party was the new Nemeth Follow Up N.I.C.U. Clinic at the Sharp Mary Birch Hospital that will open this fall.
This N.I.C.U. Follow Up Clinic will be assisting the families of pre-term infants to better prepare for the future after their discharge from the N.I.C.U.
Another very large support and sponsorship was directed towards San Diego Zoo, specifically to the Frozen Zoo, where DNA of all species and near extinct animals are being preserved. A few representatives of the animal kingdom from San Diego Zoo were there to entertain the guests.
The Gown Event at Neiman Marcus Fashion Valley Mall was hosted on behalf of Patrons of Prado to benefit the Bucks 4 Buses program. This program serves to transport school age children to Balboa Park. To date, over 134, ooo children have experienced the dynamic educational wonders of art, science, history and culture of the Museums and Institution of the Prado.
In the 2016-2017 school year, over 35,000 children, many from Title I schools in depressed socio-economic areas, were able to participate in this life changing program opening up a whole new world of imagination and exploration for these young minds.
The Opening Night of the masterpiece Turandot, by Giacomo Puccini, was a delight worth waiting for. A night in which the audience was wrapped in the romance and spectacle of the music and incredible voices. Nessum Dorma, just one example of an aria sung by all famous artists from Pavarotti to Aretha Franklin, is once again bringing tears in the eyes, the air becomes electric, and the applauses seem never ending.
Eva and Alexander Nemeth were Opera enthusiasts, and The Nemeth Foundation is honored to keep their legacy alive. For this magnificent event, the Nemeth Foundation was honored to sponsor the Patrons and Cast party, where patrons had the opportunity to meet and mingle with the opera’s stars, directors, and designers.
The Nemeth Foundation is also sponsoring the Busing Program for Student’s Night at the Opera, and we will provide details in a following blog.
February is “Go Red for Women” month and on February 9th, 2018 the Dorris Howell Foundation had a luncheon to celebrate the latest advances in medical and surgical treatment of heart disease with Dr. Anthony De Maria.
The celebration luncheon was decorated in Red with plenty of hearts for the love dedicated to the important Health Lecture Series. The Dorris Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research is dedicated to making a long-term, positive impact on women’s health. The Health Lecture Series is key in the educational events on topics affecting women.
The luncheon took place at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club and additional guest speakers included: Dr. Anthony De Maria, Judith and Jack White Chair of Cardiology. As well as, Founding director of the UCSD Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center.
Photography by Gilda Adler Photography