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01/18/2020 - Concert of Hope: Los Lobos
The non-profit Doors of Change proudly presents Concert Of Hope benefit featuring 3-Time Grammy Award-Winners and Rock And Roll Hall of Fame nominees Los Lobos. By attending this concert, your donation will help homeless youth in San Diego.

Admission/Cost: $69

Spreckels Theatre
121 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, January 18 - 8:00 PM
01/11/2020 -  Fundraiser for Refugee Women
An afternoon of fun at Refill Cafe in support of the IRC's Women's Resilience Center! We will have family-friendly games, raffle prizes, a small silent auction and chance to learn more about the first-ever center for refugee women, opening up in 2020!

Tickets include one beverage of your choice (beer, wine, mimosa or coffee/tea drink) and are $10 in advance/$12 at the door. Your ticket will help us raise funds needed to support the Center.

Questions? You can email our Development Coordinator, Lida Dianti, at for more information.

Admission/Cost: $10

Refill Cafe
3752 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92103

Saturday, January 11 - 3:00 PM

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12/13/2019 - Via Posada Holiday Celebration Fundraiser
Join Via International for a traditional Mexican holiday celebration, an evening full of Christmas Carols, Pinatas, Food and Drink.

Right now over 10,000 people wait in Tijuana for an initial asylum hearing with US officials, and thousands of deportees have also been left there, even if not originally from Tijuana. Some are lucky enough to wait in shelters, many wait in the streets.

These people are not criminals. They are families, men, women and children and unaccompanied minors fleeing criminal violence, political corruption and persecution, hunger and food insecurity, and failing economies in their home country. This is about people trying to survive! These migrants have limited resources, little access to traditional work opportunities and the reality is that most of those seeking asylum will be turned away. Many will stay in Tijuana, where the social service infrastructure is insufficient to help them.

In order to address this humanitarian crisis at our border, Via International has joined a coalition of non-profits and faith-based organizations to establish Via Migrante, a program to fill the social-service gaps that exist on the ground in Tijuana. This program will provide case-management to help migrants deal with trauma, secure permanent residence and work eligibility in Mexico, find permanent housing, and access financial resources and other community integration programs.

Without sufficient support, many families will remain stuck in a cycle of homelessness or despair, or be drawn into the drug trade, sex trafficking or child labor. Our entire border region will suffer if we fail to integrate these new neighbors into our communities.

Your contributions will be used in support of the Via Migrante Program. Thank you!

Admission/Cost: FREE However Via will be collecting contributions in support of the Via A Migrante Program.

Bread & Salt
1955 Julian Avenue
San Diego, CA 92113

Friday, December 13 - 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
11/01/2019 - Dia de los Muertos Celebration Fundraiser
Join us for our First Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration Fundraiser. Experience the vibrant beauty of Dia de los Muertos while supporting a great cause. Not only will we have a grand altar presented with offerings to our lost loved ones, we will also be showcasing and selling traditional art made by clients. Immerse yourself in Mexican culture with the sounds and colors of ballet folklorico, papel picado, the taste of authentic Mexican cuisine, and much more! All proceeds will benefit the Christie's Place Art Group. Ticket includes: entrance to event, art gallery, entertainment, and dinner buffet. Drinks available for purchase at the event.

Age limit: 21+

Admission/Admission/Cost: $35

Christie's Place
2440 Third Avenue
San Diego, CA 92102

Friday, November 1 - 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
09/19/2019 - Diplomacy Council Annual Fundraiser and Anniversary Party
Join the San Diego Diplomacy Council at Park and Rec in your raddest 80s attire to dance the night away to our binational region
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