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Solutions for Change
Fifth Annual Gala

An Evening to Remember…

with our American Heroes

A benefit dinner and auction to solve homelessness for veterans and families

Saturday, September 19, 2015


5:00pm – 11:00pm


Jet Source Hangar, Carlsbad Airport

An imperative mission

People are calling Solutions for Change one of the most important and urgent private sector-driven efforts in our country; a game changer on multiple levels. Since 1999, Solutions for Change has innovated and delivered transformational solutions that have solved homelessness permanently for over 800 families and 2,000 children through a self-sufficient model unlike any other in the nation.

You’ve made an impact…

From plane hangar to posh gala

Our American Heroes

You’ve seen us set the stage with world leaders, Condoleezza Rice, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Mrs. Laura Bush and Dr. Ben Carson…for our fifth annual gala we created a one-of-a-kind memorable experience, moving from world-class leaders to world-class heroes… Our American Heroes!

The gala theme, Our American Heroes, honored the men and women who have served in our armed forces, and raised support and awareness for family homelessness and the homeless veteran families transforming their lives at Solutions for Change.

Thank you for joining us to celebrate their transformations at the 2015 gala. The elegant evening featured live entertainment, gourmet cuisine, and a charity auction hosted at the stylishly transformed Jet Source Airplane Hangar located at the Carlsbad Airport.

Dr. Condoleeza Rice
Rudy Guiliani
Mrs. Laura Bush
Dr. Ben Carson

Our Featured Presenters

Taya Kyle


Taya Kyle is a veteran family activist and widow of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (the subject of the 2014 Academy Award-winning film, American Sniper). Her book, American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal, shared her personal story of love and faith in the face of war and unimaginable loss.

Clint Bruce


Clint Bruce is a nationally-recognized speaker on leadership and veteran issues. As a former Navy SEAL and pro football player for the Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans Saints, Bruce spoke about his experiences and shared what it means to truly bring people home to a meaningful and purposeful life.

Mike Slater


Mike Slater is the host of Talk Radio 760 KFMB’s “The Mike Slater Show”, a San Diego broadcast bringing the wisdom of the nation’s founding fathers and the guidance of free market economists to the most pivotal topics affecting the nation. Mike shared his conviction for the work being done at Solutions for Change.

Photos from the evening

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Media Coverage


Taya Kyle on Fox News

FOX 5 Live Coverage

KUSI Live from the Solutions for Change Annual Gala with Taya Kyle

KUSI News Live Coverage

Evening lineup…

Craft Cocktail Reception

5:00 PM: Hosted Craft Cocktail Reception

The evening started with a hosted craft cocktail experience by Snake Oil Cocktail Co., sponsored by Patron Spirits, Henebery Whiskey, Stone Brewing Company and Suja Juice. Snake Oil Cocktail Co. is a Southern California-based boutique cocktail design firm specializing in distinctive cocktails for select bars, restaurants and luxury events. Each culinary-inspired cocktail creation is designed with a commitment to ingredient integrity, creativity and taste.

Silent Auction Reception

5:00 PM: Silent Auction Reception (Mobile Bidding)

Attendees enjoyed unique auction packages during the silent auction reception. From exciting family activities, vacation getaways and rare items, this year’s auction utilized mobile bidding software, letting guests bid on any item from their mobile devices. For added convenience, “bidding buddies” were located throughout the reception to assist with bidding.

Gourmet Cusine by Pamplemousse Grille

7:00 PM: Dinner by Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse Grille

Guests enjoyed the culinary creations of Chef Jeffrey Strauss from the award winning Pamplemousse Grille, recognized by San Diego Home & Gardens and San Diego Magazine as “Best Restaurant”, “Best Caterer”, “San Diego’s Best Chef”, and Zagat Rated #1 Restaurant in San Diego for three consecutive years. Jeffrey Strauss has delighted the palates of the world’s most powerful business brokers and socialites, United States presidents, and scores of American and foreign dignitaries.

Live Charity Auction

7:45 PM: Live Charity Auction

Guests were thrilled by the chance to bid on one-of-a-kind items in our exciting live auction. We hand-selected our finest auction items for the best-ever auction lineup, including luxurious vacation packages, a private jet getaway, rare wines, fine art and jewelry. Proceeds from the auction go to solve homelessness for families, children and veterans at Solutions for Change.

Featured Presentations

8:30 PM: Featured Presentations

Guests were inspired by the extraordinary stories from our featured guests, Taya Kyle, a veteran family activist and widow of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (the subject of the 2014 Academy Award-winning film, American Sniper), and Clint Bruce, nationally-recognized veteran, intelligence consultant and author of, Last Man Standing, which detailed his experience as a SEAL abroad. This year’s emcee was San Diego radio personality, Mike Slater, host of Talk Radio 760 KFMB’s “The Mike Slater Show.”

Musical Entertainment

9:30 PM: Live Music Performance by Steven Ybarra

National recording and touring artist Steven Ybarra captivated with his voice and keen ear for the perfectly melody. Ybarra has earned devoted fans and numerous accolades including; four San Diego Music Awards, San Diego Songwriter’s Guild Platinum Award and 1st place in the 2015 Durango Songwriting Contest. Steven Ybarra has shared stages with renowned artists including Gavin DeGraw, Switchfoot, Jason Mraz, Jeremy Camp, Sugar Ray and Hootie & the Blowfish.

Featured Auction Packages

Puerto Vallarta Villa

Luxury Villa in Sayulita, Mexico

Live like royalty with 11 of your closest friends at your own luxurious private villa – the stunning Casa Mis Amores in Sayulita, Mexico. Enjoy 5 dedicated staff who will ensure you don’t lift a finger during your stay and will coordinate fishing, surf, spa, tequila tasting or even a boat ride out to nearby Marietas Islands.

Donated By:
The Staudinger Family

Pamplemousse Grille

Private Jet to Napa

A once-in-a-lifetime day trip provided by Jet Source aboard their Falcon 50 private jet! This private jet will whisk you and 7 of your closest friends off to Napa wine country for a day unlike any other. The adventure will start with brunch, a drive through unrivaled wine country, tastings at the region’s top wineries, and then dinner at the one of the top eateries in Napa Valley.

Donated By:
Jet Source

Breitling Superocean Chronograph Steelfish

Breitling Superocean Steelfish

Master Swiss watchmakers since 1884, the Breitling brand is built for the seafaring lifestyle of the San Diegan who values style and function…and the Breitling Superocean Steelfish 44mm is no different. Fitted with a 44 mm case, this state-of-the-art diver’s watch is distinguished by its exceptional water resistance to a depth of 500 m (1,650 ft).

Donated By:
CJ Charles Jewelers and Officine Panerei

Skoldberg Original Art Piece

Skoldberg Original Art Piece

Illuminate your walls with the bold colors of an Erik Skoldberg original! With a strong local presence and international following, Erik Skoldberg’s rich colors, vivid brush strokes and use of layering sets him apart within the contemporary art world. Featured in the offices of Sotheby’s and Kimpton’s L.A. Hotels, this masterpiece is sure to bring the same spark and contemporary flair to the walls of your own home, turning a vacant wall into a brilliant showpiece for all to enjoy.

Donated By:
Erik Skoldberg

Pamplemousse Grille

Private Dinner by Chef Jeffrey Strauss

Love entertaining, but don’t have the skills of a master chef? Never fear! Leave the art of cuisine to the professionals with an experience money normally can’t buy – a sit-down dinner for 10 with Pamplemousse Grill Chef Jeffrey Strauss! He’ll bring his culinary expertise to the comfort of your home for an evening of fine wine, exquisite courses and decadent dessert for you and all your friends. Don’t leave this one on the table – raise those paddles for an experience you and your guests won’t soon forget.

Donated By:
Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse Grille

Holland America Cruise

Luxurious Ten-Day Cruise for Two

When you step aboard one of the five-star ships of Holland America Line, you will experience a voyage unlike any other. You can choose any cruise for two (same stateroom) up to ten days in length (based on minimum ocean view stateroom) to a variety of destinations. Your journey will include extraordinary dining, spacious staterooms, elegant surroundings and days filled with new discoveries and gracious pampering by an award-wining crew

Donated By:
Holland America Line

Thank you to our amazing sponsors!





Mossy BMW of Vista
VIP Mortgage
Media Sponsors
The Mike Slater Show
Ron Siegle Radio
Giving Back Magazine
Ranch & Coast Magazine
San Diego Business Journal
Union Tribune
Table Sponsors
Brian and Blossom Kennedy
Chelsea Investment Corporation
Classical Academies
Danny and Carolyn Ashcraft / Western CNC, Inc.
Humpherys Homes and Estates
Mr & Mrs Allen Hakes
Schweikart Family
Keogh Family
Sun Country Builders
Welk Resorts
Local Hero Table Sponsors
C3 Church
Karen & Ray Pearson Family
Elisabeth and John Georgeson
Peterson & Price


In Kind Sponsors

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