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April 21, 2012

Gala 2012 — A Whole New World, Living Real Possibilities

Once upon a time, the tale of the Arabian Nights conjured up visions of the most magical, cities on earth, where flying carpets carried noble thieves off on wonderful adventures, and beautiful princesses mingled with powerful genies. On an early spring evening in April 2012, we will welcome guests to our annual gala as a whole new world unfolds – a world where anything is possible. This year’s gala theme, A Whole New World, Living Real Possibilities, speaks to the vital work our organization has provided to the San Diego community, and to the issues concerning disability. With this event, we continue to raise awareness of and financial support for the very real changes Access to Independence facilitates on a daily basis—helping constituents seek gainful employment, improving home accessibility and advocating for people with disabilities.

We are honored to have distinguished community leaders leading our way into a whole new world and are delighted to announce that Frank Urtasun, Regional Vice President of External Relations for San Diego Gas & Electric, and his wife Caren, will serve as the 2012 Gala Co-Chairs. SDG&E has been a strong supporter of Access to Independence and we are grateful to have them involved in such a significant way. We would also like to announce that Mark Guglielmo, Vice President of Ballpark Operations for the San Diego Padres, will serve as our Honorary Gala Chair. The San Diego Padres have a long-standing relationship with Access to Independence as Mark served as executive board chair for five years. The team wouldn’t be complete without our 2012 Auction Co-Chairs, Nicholas & Clara Aguilera with Diego and Son printing, who also served as auction chairs for our 2011 gala. Our gala is not to be missed! Stay tuned each month for updates on our awardee nominations, incredible live and silent auctions and unforgettable entertainment.

For more information, visit our Gala site.


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