San Diego Mom’s annual Luau was held again this year at Ascension Parish Hall, located in Tierrasanta. The event drew close to 200 people who were wined, dined and entertained. Below are photos showing the good time had by all.  Seen here are Board members Judi Copeland, Board President Sandy Carder, Buck Buchanon and Mary Ann Chaple with her husband Mike.

A Silent Auction featured a great variety of gifts to bid on and the bidding was very active.

The catered meal of pulled pork or chicken and rice with salad and desert was enjoyed by attendees.

After the meal was served an excellent troup of Hawaiian dancers entertained us. Unfortunately, the photographer was temporarily unavailable! Following the dance exhibition, host Rick Kania began the second portion of the event with an appeal for funds to support SDMOM’s many activities.  Over $2000 was raised in donations!

This year our Luau was blessed with the presence of a newly wed couple, both active duty Marines.  We welcomed them with a special addition to the program.  Host Rick Kania, after securing their permission, set up a “$5 a dance” as a wedding gift from attendees. The pictures tell the story.

A gift of over $400 was presented to the Marine couple.  When asked what they planned to do with the cash, they said without hesitation “buy food!

In the last photo, SDMOM is presented with an American Flag as a gift from Ascension Catholic Church. US Marines presented the flag on their behalf.

Financially, we raised just over $13,000  that night.