2017 Hats Off To San Diego Participants


  • ​Altrusa International of San Diego
  • Angels of Aseltine
  • B.A.B.E.S.
  • ​Classics4Kids
  • Employment & Community Options
  • ​I'm My Own Blessing
  • Light One Little Candle
  • NSDAR La Jolla Chapter
  • San Diego Civic Youth Ballet
  • San Diego Floral Association
  • SAY San Diego
  • ​Social Service League of La Jolla

2017 Hats Off Beneficiaries


  • Autism Tree Project Foundation
    • ​Founded in 2003 Autism Tree Project Foundation (ATPF) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving communities in San Diego County and The Bay Area by assisting with Education, Advocacy, Early Intervention Preschool Screening, Research and Mentoring for families impacted by autism

  • Playwrights Project

    • Founded in 1985 the Mission of Playwrights Project is to advance literacy, creativity, and communication by empowering individuals to voice their stories through playwriting programs and theatre productions.


Hats Off To San Diego


a 24 year Tradition


The GOLD Diggers signature luncheon event is Hats Off to San Diego, a festive celebration of San Diego's nonprofit organizations.  In 2017, eleven nonprofits will enter a hat in our "Betty Mabee Hat Parade."  Hat designs are based on the theme selected for that year--As Time Goes By this year.  Over the years the hats have become more and more elaborate and creative.  Well over 225 men and women attend this joyful event each year.  Prizes are awarded to each participant from $500 to $2500.  Additionally, The GOLD Diggers also designate two beneficiaries that will each receive a $4000 grant.




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