For their philanthropic impact on the Jewish community and support of San Diego’s seniors, the Women’s Auxiliary of Seacrest Village Retirement Communities will honor Sylvia and David Geffen at the 36th Annual Gala on Feb. 1, at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine in San Diego, California.

With a theme of “Sapphire Jubilee” and a focus on raising money for the Resident Assistance Fund, the Annual Gala will celebrate seventy years of philanthropic support for San Diego’s seniors. Hundreds of guests are expected to attend to support the scholarship program for current and future residents who might otherwise have nowhere to call home.

The gala evening of glitter, glamour and generosity will feature a cocktail reception at 6pm with flair bartenders, live auction dinner at 7 p.m. and entertainment in the Sapphire lounge including dancing, music by The Heroes Band, casino, and many great opportunity drawings. The live auction will include items such as a Dinner Party for ten in the Private Wine Room of Jeffrey Strauss’ acclaimed Pamplemousse Grille, an 18 karat white gold, stainless steel and black stainless steel nautical cable bangle with 0.97 total carat weight diamonds from ALOR, and Private Wine Tasting and Cabana Dinner for eight at Cohn Restaurant Group’s Vintana Wine + Dine. Another hot item in the live auction is a custom made “Sapphire Jubilee Diamond Pendant Necklace” featuring 18 karat white gold diamond and blue sapphire heart to heart style pendant with seventy-four round sapphires and 140 round diamonds pave set generously presented by Unicorn Jewelry.


Over the years, Sylvia and David Geffen have generously supported numerous organizations and projects that help promote Jewish traditions and culture. Sylvia is the President of the Seacrest Foundation, which raises funds to support Seacrest Village in its service to the elderly, and is a senior partner in the Shallan, Geffen and Scherer Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. David is a past president of the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center and is an international speaker on contact lenses and refractive surgery, and works with his team at Gordon-Weiss-Schanzlin Vision Institute. Both are extremely active in the San Diego community, serving on a number of nonprofit boards. The Geffen Family was part of the transition of the organization from a small facility on 54th Street to the ten acre campus in Encinitas. Sylvia’s mother, Sigrid Fischer, was one of the original leaders of the Women’s Auxiliary and helped to raise funds for many years through her work on the Annual Gala. A bus at Seacrest Village today is called “Sigrid’s Shuttle.”

Gala Sponsorships begin at $500 per person and include event recognition and valet parking. Individual tickets are $360 per person. Special pricing is available for individuals 35 years and under, or first time attendees. Please contact Carina Burns, Special Events and Public Relations Manager, for event information or sponsorship opportunities at 760-516-2003 or

Seacrest Village Retirement Communities is a vibrant not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) senior housing and healthcare organization with communities in both Encinitas and Rancho Bernardo, California. Known for our caring and nurturing environment, Seacrest Village has been serving the ever-growing San Diego community in the Jewish tradition since 1944. Seacrest Village works with over 400 clients daily through an array of programs and services, embracing their changing needs every step of the way. Through comprehensive and progressive care options and delivery systems, we encourage and support a life of dignity and spirituality. Our communities offer unsurpassed service as well as continuing commitment to the highest standards in independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing and rehabilitation. The highest possible quality of care for our residents is our foremost priority.Created and maintained through the generous support of families in San Diego and beyond, our campuses and affiliates reflect the sincerest dedication to our seniors.