March of Dimes Names San Diego Business Owner Crystal Sargent Event Chair of Annual Signature Chefs Gala for 2nd Consecutive Year

San Diego, CA | Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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March of Dimes is pleased to announce that Crystal Sargent, President and Founder of Invested Advisors, will return as event chair for the annual Signature Chefs Gala, one of San Diego’s most anticipated charity food events which will take place Sunday, October 6, 2019 at the Del Mar Race Track. As the event chair, Ms. Sargent will play an integral role in raising awareness and funds to advance the scientific research and educational programs at the core of March of Dimes efforts to lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies.  With 25 years of experience as a brand and business builder in the financial services sector, and as a business owner supporting public agencies and private enterprise, Ms. Sargent is known for positioning organizations as top brands and helping them grow into that space through a disciplined process, collaborative relationships and creative excellence.

“I am happy to lend my time, talent and treasure to March of Dimes as it is a wonderful cause and it’s rewarding to be able to apply my talents to benefit others,” says Sargent. “My hope is that we’re able to help March of Dimes expand critical research and programs, so that more women and men improve their chances of having healthy babies.” Sargent continues, “Signature Chefs San Diego Gala is an exclusive opportunity to experience the diverse culinary talent in our community while raising critical funds to help the March of Dimes tackle the urgent health issues facing our moms and babies.”

The United States is in the midst of a maternal and child health crisis, with more than 380,000 babies born prematurely each year, as well as more than 50,000 women experiencing life-threatening complications as a result of pregnancy and childbirth. March of Dimes is working in communities across the country to reduce the rising rates of premature birth, as well as maternal mortality and morbidity, supporting women before, during and after pregnancy to ensure all moms and babies are healthy.

“We are grateful for Crystal’s support,” says Heidi Lang, San Diego March of Dimes Executive Director. “This year, under Ms. Sargent’s leadership, we introduced the Pediatric Compassionate Care Nurse Award to the Gala.”  Ms. Lang continues, “We are also grateful to work with these talented chefs who are artists, innovators and philanthropists.”

Eleven of San Diego’s most innovative chefs are bringing their passion to this year’s Signature Chefs Gala. Participating Chefs and restaurants at this year’s event will be: Arterra Del Mar - Lead Chef Evan Cruz; Biaa – Chef Tae Dickey; Culinary Concepts Catering  - Chef Donald Coffman; Eddie V’s La Jolla – Chef Dwayne Gale; Hilton Del Mar – Chef Alex Emery; Lab Dining/Mostra Coffee – Chef Mike Arquines; Mission Ave. Bar and Grill – Chef Willy Eick; Nine-Ten Restaurant & Bar – Chef Jason Knibb; Pacifica Del Mar – Chef Chris Idso; Wrench and Rodent – Chef David Waite; and Zafferno Catering – Chef Max Farina.

The Signature Chefs Gala begins at 4:00 p.m. with an extraordinary tasting of San Diego’s most desirable cuisine, followed by a seated dessert program and a rousing live auction, offering an opportunity to bid on unique experiences and exciting travel and leisure packages. Local sponsors include McCarthy and Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns with ABC 10 serving as media partner. Tables of 10 for the event are $2,500. For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, visit signaturechefs.org/sandiego or contact Heidi Lang at (858) 300-6401 or by emailing at hlang@marchofdimes.org.

About March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family.

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