Gala Co-Chairs Cindy Bloch and Jean Gaylis present the Seacrest Foundation Women’s Auxiliary’s Virtual Gala on February 21, 2021. The Hearts of Gold Gala promises to be a lively production and will include our Seacrest Village Heroes, residents, and special guests, as well as a Live Auction and Fund-A-Need.

The Seacrest Foundation Women’s Auxiliary is thrilled to honor our Seacrest Heroes, who are ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the residents of Seacrest Village, while providing love and compassion during these especially challenging times.

Co-Chair Cindy Bloch has been a wonderful supporter for decades of Seacrest Foundation’s annual campaigns as well as capital drives for building new facilities. She has chaired several Seacrest Foundation events, is a Women’s Auxiliary and Guardians committee member, and sits on the Seacrest Foundation Board of Directors. Seacrest Foundation is grateful to have Cindy’s experience as a Co-Chair for this year’s unique event. Cindy and her husband Larry are tremendous supporters of the Jewish Community and the San Diego Community at large and have been instrumental in the success of Seacrest Village and Seacrest Foundation.

Co-Chair Jean Gaylis has been supporting the Women’s Auxiliary for 25 years and is a leader in both the San Diego Jewish community and the robust South African Jewish community. She is the founder of the Shalom Baby program through the Lawrence Family JCC, which helps San Diego families celebrate the arrival of their Jewish newborns and welcome them to the San Diego Jewish Community. Jean’s daughter and son-in-law, Jackie and Todd Kirschen are very close to Seacrest as Todd’s grandmother, Evelyn Sherman, is a resident at Seacrest Village. Seacrest Foundation is delighted to have Jean’s creativity and passion for the San Diego Jewish Community as a Co-Chair during this critical time.

The Hearts of Gold Gala has an ambitious fundraising goal, with the charge led by Fundraising Chair, Anne Nagorner, and Sponsorship & Underwriting Co-Chairs, Jessica Chodorow and Esther Fischer. Proceeds from the annual gala will benefit the Seacrest Village Resident Assistance Fund, which provides assistance for those whose savings have been depleted due to illness, injury, or for any reason, and for those who simply have no one to turn to for help.

“For over 40 years, the San Diego community has turned out in impressive numbers to help raise money that gives hope to seniors who are desperately in need of housing, comfort and support,” said Mary Epsten, President of the Women’s Auxiliary. “Each year we gather to support Seacrest’s important mission of providing services to seniors in a Jewish environment that promotes community, independence and innovation, while having fun at the same time. But this year due to the pandemic, we will all gather online for some fun! Requests from Seacrest Village for charitable care exceed nearly 2.5 million dollars annually, and this year it is critical that we provide support for the COVID-19 Emergency Fund as well.”

2020 Legacy of Light and Love Gala

We are so grateful to everyone who joined us at the Seacrest Foundation “Legacy of Light and Love” Gala to raise critical funds to benefit the residents of Seacrest Village. The entertainment was electrifying, but what really lit up the room was the communities’ outpouring of love for Seacrest! What a joy it was to see generations of supporters dancing together into the night; now, that is a legacy of light and love!

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