The first annual Access Youth Academy gala was held on Saturday October 5, 2013 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. It was an exciting and successful evening for everyone involved. The night began with guests being greeted by one of our fantastic AYA student ambassadors, who escorted them to registration. After registration, guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the Walnut Lounge while getting a chance to mingle and preview a model of the new Hoover High School facility. Silent Auction bidding also took place during this time. Auction items included a 2 night stay at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club with dinner at the Marine Room, 2 roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines, Padres tickets, a 1 night stay and a round of golf at the Doubletree by Hilton Golf Resort San Diego and more!
Following cocktail hour, the guests moved into the La Sala room for dinner and the evening program. Board Chair Blair L. Sadler welcomed everyone to the event, presented the new Access Youth Academy fundraising video and introduced AYA alumni Reyna Pacheco. After dinner, special guests Wimbledon Women’s Singles Champion ’62 Karen Susman and former No. 1 World Squash Player ’04 Thierry Lincou spoke with Blair and Executive Director Renato Paiva, sharing exciting stories and insights from their competition days.
Blair then moved on to announce Access Youth Academy’s exciting future with the Capital Campaign for our new $6M Hoover High School squash and educational facility. $3M has been committed from San Diego Unified School District; AYA has also raised an additional $2.1M from private donors. The evening closed with the Live Auction and closing remarks from the Board Chair. It was a memorable and fun night and AYA is looking forward to making the gala an annual event.