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Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation Presents: Discovery Gala 2023 ~ DC Superheroes
August 26th 2023 - 5:30pm

The Discovery Gala 2023 will transform the Discovery Center into the many superhero headquarters featuring the Hall of Justice, the Bat Cave, and more. Enjoy cocktails and light appetizers before the program begins which includes a live auction, AHLF’s current programs, and fund-a-need, featuring our emcee and auctioneer the Iron Man DJ. End the night dancing to Atomic Groove.

Dress code: Black Tie Optional/Cocktail Dress Encouraged, Character-Themed Dress Appropriate, block heels or flats (stilettos NOT recommended). This event is outdoors.

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Donations from this event will go towards shading our back patio and pollinator garden for our environmental educational lessons, purchasing waterproof outdoor classrooms, refurbishing our animal habitats, bringing students to After School Enrichment from low socioeconomic/disadvantaged areas at no cost to them, and hiring a Director of Trails and Conservation.

Musical Guest: Atomic Groove
Emcee and Auctioneer: Iron Man DJ
Dinner: Vigilucci's Restaurant Group


Individual Ticket: $220

Individual Ticket -  All Inclusive Superhero Package: $250

Table of 8: $1,700

Table of 8 - All Inclusive Superhero Package: $1,850

Are you a Steward level member or above?

Email for a special code to receive Early Bird Pricing

Become a STEWARD LEVEL MEMBER before attending the Gala to get one complimentary ticket into a very special Member-Only Opportunity Drawing.

Member-Only Opportunity Drawing winner will receive:
- A two night stay at the Carlsbad Inn

Additional tickets can be purchased by members at the Gala

$5 - 1 ticket 

$20- 5 tickets

$100- 30 tickets

Honoring Tim Stripe ~ Guardian of Agua Hedionda

It is Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation’s immense pleasure to honor Tim Stripe as our Agua Hedionda Man at Discovery Gala 2023 ~ DC Superheroes. Tim’s generous contribution of time and labor, determination to get projects done and deep call to serve our community has allowed the Discovery Center to grow and develop in ways that simply would not have been accomplished without his selfless and untiring contributions. We thank Tim for his loyal and constant friendship, generosity of spirit and material, and  delivering for us time after time, over the many years of our working together. Every area of the Discovery Center and its education nodes have benefited from Tim’s hand and stand as a testament of his commitment to our community and our mission. We hope you will join us in celebration of honoring his guardianship of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation.

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Thank You To Our Sponsors

Superhero Headquarters: Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians


Entertainment: Youth's Friends Association

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Party Favor Gift: Stifel Carlsbad- Gary Endres

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Valet: BMW


Photo Booth: The Barter Family Foundation

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Bid Paddle: Tooley Interests


Food Warmers: Carlton & Sandy Lund

Kids Gala Event Sponsor: NRG


Kids Gala Event Hero Sponsor: Hal & Kathie Tilbury

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Superhero Food & Beverage Partners

Best Day Brewing

Board & Brew Coastal Carlsbad

Broad Street Dough Co.
Chick-fil-A Quarry Creek

Flippin Pizza- Vista

Mexico City Cuisine

Milton's Pizza

Pegasus Estate Winery
Rubio's Coastal Grill Carlsbad

Shake Shack Carlsbad

Sunset Bay Candy 

Venom Vodka

Thank You To Our Silent/Live Auction Donors!

2501 Cucina
264 Fresco
Addidas Golf
Alaska Airlines
Alila Marea Beach Resort
Aloha Collections
American Heroes & Brew
Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum
Apple - Forum Carlsbad
Aqua Pros Swim School
Aquarium of the Pacific
Back 40 dogs
Bark Box
Barrel Republic
Beach City Smoothies
Bits and Bites
Black Rock Coffee Bar
Bluewater Grill
Broadway of San Diego
California Surf Museum
Camp Bow wow
Cancun cards
Candle Bar
Carlsbad Food Tours
Carlsbad Golf Center
Carlsbad Police Dept
Carlsbad Village Fairies
Carlsbad e-bikes & more
Carruth Cellars
Casa De Bandini
Chick-fil-A Quarry Creek
Choice Juicery
Clay n Latte
Cobra Puma Golf
Connor Lillie-Liberto
Culture Brewing Co
Cutwater Spirits

Cygnet Theatre
Daily  News Cafe
Darling Design Picnic Co.
Death by Tequila
Debby & Jeffrey Weiner
Denise & Chuck Pateros
Derby United - Outdoor Roller Rink
Develop your Team
Diana Aaron
Emerald Isle Golf Course
Escape to VR
Escape to VR
Family Membership to Museum Of Making Music
Fleet Science Center
G.M.S. Woodworking
Game changing counselling Services
Gaslamp Murder mystery Scavenger hunt
Gear Hugger
Greg & Barbi Nelson
Hansen's Surfboards
Harrah's Resort Southern California
Haunted SD Tour
Hennessey's Tavern
Holland America Cruise
Hollywood Wax Museum - Hollywood
HomeState- Oceanside
Hooked on Painting
Hurricane Harbor LA
Iconic Skin & Lashes
In and Out Burger
Jeni's Ice cream
Keep Nature Wild
Kendra Scott
Knockaround LLC
Knott's Berry Farm

Urban Plates

Venom Vodka

View Point Brewing

Village Kabob

Vista Valley Country Club

WNDR San Diego


Wheel Fun Rentals

Whitlock Surf Experience

Wilson Creek Winery

YK Esthetics Facial Package of 3

Yoga Six

Lamp Post Pizza

Lash Nap


Leslie Richter

Let's Roam

Leucadia Cyclery


Living Coast Discovery Center

Lola's 7 Up Market & Deli

Lot Wash

Malibu Wine Hikes and tours

Mayweather Boxing and Fitness


Mesa Rim North City

Mexico City Cuisine

Moonlight Theatre

Murder n Mayhem

My Yard Live

Nekter Juice Bar

New Village Arts

Norte Mexican Food & Cocktails

North County Gymnastics & The Gyminny Kids - La Costa

Oceanside Theatre company

Oceanside museum of Art

Omni La Costa Resort

Orfila Winery

Park 101

Parks Project


Perfect Nails

Polished Images

Ramona Ranch Vineyard & Winery

Restaurant at the Crossings

Ro Sham Bo Eyewear

Ruby's Diner

Rye's and Grind

SD Padres Tickets and Swag
SD Sockers Season tickets and Swag
SD Zoo Wildlife Alliance
Samantha Richter
San Diego Air and Space Museum
San Diego Gymnastics - La Costa
San Diego botanic garden
Sand Cloud
Senor Grubby's
Serenity Skin & Body Care
Shake Shack
Sibylla Voll
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Sky Sailing Inc
Smart and Final
Soapy Joe's
Solatube International Inc
Solterra Winery & Kitchen
Strawberry Shack
Studio MB Pottery
Suzie & Andrew Concors
Swami's Café
T.J Crossman's Auto Repair
Tamarack Beach Resort
The Brick Hotel
The Bro Basket
The Comics Stronghold
The Crossings
The Draft Restaurant and Sports Bar
The Gulls
The San Diego Museum of Art
The Star Theatre
Total wine & more
Town and County
Trader Joe's
Trader Joe's
USS Midway


Help Us Transform The Discovery Center By Donating:

  • Cardstock: bright white, heavyweight, high gloss 

  • Comic books you don't mind getting rid of

  • Superhero posters

  • Superhero room decor (pictures, cutouts)

  • Superhero action figures

  • Superhero display accessories (ex: Thor's hammer, Iron Man's glove)

Please drop them off at the front docent desk anytime Monday-Saturday 9am to 4pm or Sunday 12pm to 4pm. (Please check website for closures)

Questions about donations? Email

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