Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation Presents: Discovery Gala 2022

Saturday, August 27, 2022 - Agua Hedionda Discovery Center
Honoring Carole and John Sanders.


Enjoy a night of creepy kooky fun as the Discovery Center transforms to the Addams Family Mansion. Exquisite three-course meal and light appetizers prepared by Farmhouse Catering. The end of night Entertainment features the famous Atomic Groove. Joining in the evening festivities our Emcee Neda Iranpour of CBS/CW San Diego Morning News and  Rick Grove, Carlsbad Unified School District Assistant Superintendent serves as our Auctioneer. Featuring our Special Guest, Mr. Kelly Cardenas coming to inspire and motivate our guests.

Valet Parking Included. Carpooling and Ride Share Services encouraged. Individuals will receive complimentary Opportunity Drawing Tickets for carpooling and using rideshare businesses to get to the event. 


The Aggua Family is calling on you. Funds from this event support the expansion of our Environmental Educational Department. It's getting a little tight inside. We are 2-3 people per office and plan to move our education department closer to the action. We need to expand our brick-and-mortar office space for more programming to be implemented.  The space for storing all the educational needs is great. As “the Aggua Family” grows so must our creative spaces for teachers and administrators to design the magic that our mission asserts to achieve: to energize our community through education and outreach to preserve the Agua Hedionda Lagoon as an accessible and healthy watershed.

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Opportunity Drawing
  • One Week in Maui @ The Ka’anapali Beach Resort (1 br.) OR

  • One Week in Kauai @ The Point at Poipu (2 br.)

  • 1 in 100 chances to win - THIS WILL SELL OUT

$100 per ticket; maximum amount of tickets sold - 100. First come, first serve.

  • Drawn when sold out, or August 27th (whichever is sooner)

  • Blackout dates apply, no Holidays, must be booked for travel by Dec. 2023.

Call to reserve and pay for your ticket. No tickets can be sold online. You will receive an email       notifying you of your contribution and tax   deductible donation and ticket number.  

Gala Individual Ticket Prices:
  • $222 per person

  • 10% for AHLF Members; use code MEMBER10 in the coupon section after the tickets

  • $500 Honorary Committee 

Gala Table Pricing:

  • Table of 8 $1701

Sponsorships:View Opportunities Here

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please email:

Attire: Dress as your favorite Addams Family Character, or Black Tie Optional. Closed Toe Shoes, or block heels recommended (Morticia does not recommend stilettos in her mansion).

Musical Guest: Atomic Groove
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Aggua Family Fun Fest presented by Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians 

New this year, we are offering a Family Friendly Gala experience from 3pm – 5pm. This will feature a tour of the Aggua Family Mansion, kids’ friendly activities including a SLIME experiment by Thermo Fisher Scientific, animal interactions, a raptor presentation, and a a Magic Show by the Meigs Family Foundation. Light snacks provided and includes beer or wine for the adults, Broad Street Dough Company donuts, Chick-fil-A coupons and Knockout Pizza Slices to go!

  • $99 for a family of four 

  • Additional Adult: $22 (adult = 21+) 

  • Additional Kid: $11 (kid = 3+)

Online Silent Auction:

Our Silent Auction will be online, launching August 12th, 2022 at Midnight and close August 20th at Noon. Select the button below to view our current offerings. You can pre-register your account, or sign-in if you bid last year and add a payment method. 
(Both of these options are in the right hand corner. Note when you sign-in or register, bidding will not be live until Friday). 

For your information, all physical items are taxed at 7.25% the item's Fair Market Value (not the value of the winning bid). A processing fee of 5.55% is automatically added to each transaction.

Winners can pick up their auction items Monday August 22nd - Thursday August 26th at the Discovery Center. 

You won't want to miss out on unique opportunities such as eggs from our very own chickens, a fairy tea party and more! Popular products and certificates from businesses like Alila Marea, Local Tap House, Sand Cloud, Choice Juicery, TaylorMade, Nicks On State, Casero Taquera, Bitchin' Sauce, Black Rail, Belchin Beaver, Gregorios and many more. 

If you need assistance setting up your auction portal, retrieving an old password, or bidding, please call Samantha during business hours at 760-804-1969. 

Thank you to our 2022 Discovery Gala Sponsors:

Mansion Sponsor ($8000) - Available 


Patron Party Education Expansion Sponsor ($7000) - Karen & Ray Pearson

Décor Sponsor ($5,000) - 2 Available 

Entertainment Sponsor ($4,000) - 2 Available 

Auction Sponsor ($3,500) - 2 Available 

Bar Sponsor ($3,000) - 1 Available, 1 Sponsored by Project Management Advisors Inc. 

Aggua Family Fun Fest Valet Sponsor ($2,500) - Sponsored By Hoehn Family of Dealerships  


Discovery Gala 2022 Valet Sponsor ($2,500) - Sponsored by EcoWater SoCal 

Thank You Gift Sponsor ($2,500) - Sponsored by Stifel Carlsbad, Gary Endres 

Photo Booth Sponsor ($2,000) - 1 Available 

Aggua Family Fun Fest Activity Sponsor ($1000) - Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. 

View Sponsorship Menu Here

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Thank you to our 2022 Gala Committee: 

Chair: Lynnell Talone-Honda 

Kristen Bateman 

Shay Chawla 

Rachel Ivanovich 

Nicole Medrano 

Joyce Novak 

Mike Metts 

Suzanne O’Connell 

Carolyn Reinmiller 

Terrell Rodman 

Jennifer Summers 

Sherre Tharpe