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Recap: Visionary Lunch and Auction 2022

By Marc Martin

The Rancho Bernardo Inn was once again the site of the Visionary Luncheon and Auction on May 6, 2022. Due to the generosity of attendees and benefactors, over $140,000 was raised for Alzheimer’s disease support and research. As always, 100% of every dollar will go back to San Diego County to help the community we know and love.

This was the event’s fourth year and our first since 2019. During the reception hour, guests participated in a silent auction, enjoyed the photo booth and engaged in a friendly contest of putting.

Board member Carlo Cecchetto served as master of ceremonies, welcoming guests into the ballroom for lunch and the program. Carlo shared highlights of the expansion of services offered by Alzheimer’s San Diego over the past two years of the pandemic. Guests were then introduced to the 2022 Visionary of the Year – Paul Loska and Carl Skaja of ICON Utility Services. Over the years, Paul and Carl have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Alzheimer’s disease support and research as advocates and sponsors of the annual Rides4ALZ motorcycle event.

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Having witnessed the disease with their respective family members, Paul and Carl were moved by the Alzheimer’s mission in San Diego. Paul Loska concluded his remarks by sharing some advice his mother gave him when he was going through a difficult situation. She said, “Son, if you think you’re in trouble, start helping others.

The live auction resulted in fierce competition with the help of auctioneer Clint Bell… after all, who wouldn’t want to see the Padres win against the Dodgers or embark on a getaway to San Francisco? Guests also engaged in spirited bidding for exquisite artistic pairings created by patrons with memory loss and professional local artists. But at the heart of all that excitement was a real sense of common purpose and hope. Eugenia Welch, CEO of Alzheimer’s San Diego, expressed her gratitude for the outpouring of community support saying, “People were so happy to come together for a cause so close to their hearts. It was almost like a family reunion.

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