Celebrities, Sports Figures, Business Leaders and the San Diego Community Will Come Together to Support Naval Special Warfare Families; Jessica Buchanan, Humanitarian Aid Worker Rescued by Navy SEALs in Somalia in 2012 Named Keynote Speaker
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — December 8, 2015 – Philanthropist Madeleine Pickens, Co-Chair Dominique Plewes and the Del Mar Country Club are honored to host the fifth annual fundraiser to benefit the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation on Saturday, April 30, 2016. The event is an evening to thank Navy SEALs and their families for their military service, and to honor fallen heroes. Last year’s event hosted 360 guests and raised over $1 million.
This year’s annual fundraiser will feature keynote speaker Jessica Buchanan, a humanitarian aid worker kidnapped by Somali land pirates and rescued by Navy SEALs in 2012, as well as a scramble golf tournament, a cocktail reception and silent and live auctions, a special 2016 Chevrolet Camaro “1/100 chance” raffle, and dinner at the acclaimed Del Mar Country Club, 6001 Clubhouse Drive in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
The event is organized on behalf of the SEAL-NSW Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that raises funds and awareness for special programs in direct support of the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) families on a local, national and global scale. Last year’s event featured auction items such as a private dinner with Sugar Ray and Bernadette Leonard prepared by acclaimed Chef Jeffery Strauss, owner of Pamplemousse Grille; golf with NFL Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana; exclusive packages for Del Mar Races and Napa wine tours; and pro sports experiences, including New Orleans Saints training camp with Drew Brees; Chicago White Sox behind-the-scenes trip with 2005 World Series MVP Jermaine Dye; and high performance race car driving at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Phoenix, AZ.
“In light of today’s current national security affairs, our nation continues to require the indispensable services of our Navy SEALs and fellow warriors,” said William R. Fenick, CAPT, USN (Ret), Executive Director of the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation. “And while the operators prepare and deploy, the families remain behind to care for the homefront. The SEAL-NSW Family Foundation is here to assist them, especially with the uncertainties that come with this life of service and sacrifice.”
“We are honored that the Del Mar Country Club can host this fifth annual event to thank our brave warriors and their families for their service. Our mission is to support the Naval Special Warfare community to maintain a resilient, sustainable, and healthy force during this era of frequent deployments, and these funds will directly support the critical programs that the Foundation provides,” said Event Co-Chair and Del Mar Country Club owner Madeleine Pickens.
The Del Mar Country Club is one of the premier country clubs in Southern California. The club is owned and managed by Madeleine Ann Pickens, a golf enthusiast, businesswoman and philanthropist. The daughter of renowned golf course architect, Bill Baker, she drew from her father’s mentoring and her European influences to develop the golf course and its magnificent landscaping surrounding a 55,000-square-foot castle-like Clubhouse. The breathtaking property quickly turned into one of the finest country clubs in the country. Madeleine is currently developing Mustang Monument Eco-Resort and Preserve in Northeastern Nevada. For more information about both properties, visit: www.delmarcountryclub.com and www.mustangmonument.com.
For event details, early registration and sponsorship packages for the fifth annual fundraiser to benefit the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation, visit www.supportourwarriors.org, or contact Carol Tuller at 619-344-0344, x715 or delmarSEALevent@gmail.com
About SEAL – Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation
The SEAL-NSW Family Foundation supports individual and family readiness through an array of programs specifically targeted to assist the Naval Special Warfare community in maintaining a resilient, sustainable, and healthy force in this era of persistent conflict and frequent deployments. With SEALs, their ability to stay fit and focused determines the success of every mission. Part of our job is to facilitate that focus by ensuring every SEAL knows his family is, and will be taken care of. Our motto is “Taking care of THEIR families while they protect OURS.” The SEAL-NSW Family Foundation’s programs include supporting the families of the fallen, families with special needs children, family integration opportunities throughout the year and emergency funding to assist with the unexpected issues that arise when SEALS are deployed. For more information and to donate online, visit sealfamilyfoundation.org.