GALA 2017 - Gin & Jazz will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 beginning at 5:30pm at the Historic San Diego Landmark El Cortez at 702 Ash Street in downtown San Diego. This party will be the bee’s knees!


For one magical night, step back in time to the era of speakeasies, flappers and Duke Ellington. Sip on prohibition inspired cocktails aka “giggle water”, enjoy cabaret-style entertainment, and experience an evening of indulgence that was a hallmark of the Jazz Age!


The party starts with a reception out on the terrace with Cygneture Gin cocktails and other libations, jazz music by The Gregory Page Trio, passed appetizers, a wine pull, photography, opportunity drawings, a silent auction, and more.


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VIP guest receive free valet parking and the code to our private speakeasy.  Let’s just say that the libations will be flowing, there will be some ritzy items to tempt you, and if you’re feeling lucky, this will be the place to be!

At 7 pm we will move the party inside to the historic Don Room, which opened it’s doors in 1927 and was the destination of choice for celebrities and dignitaries from President Eisenhower and Senator Kennedy to Elvis Presley and Bing Crosby, for an elegant meal, swanky entertainment from some of your favorite Cygnet artists, and the live auction. 

Valet parking is available. 1920’s vintage inspired evening attire is encouraged, cocktail attire requested.



$350 VIP (includes Exclusive Speakeasy Event and more)
$250 Regular


For more information please call Marinda Peugh at 619-574-0059 x121.


Honorary Chairs:

Bill & Judy Garrett


Event Chair:

Tim Mulligan


2017 Gin & Jazz Sponsors


Event Sponsors:

Leonard Hirsch

Molli Wagner


Entertainment Sponsor:

Ralph P. Johnson


Reception Sponsors:

Larry & Sydney Cousins

Pamela Wagner & Hans Tegebo


Dinner Sponsors:

April Blankfort
San Diego Foundation


Auctioneer Sponsors:

Jean & Gordon Kelly
Wendy Nash


Wine Sponsors:

Rick & Ginny Wisley


Cygneture Cocktail Sponsors:

Jane & Richard Haskel


Jazz Trio Sponsor:

First American Trust


Audio Visual Sponsor:

Christy White


Program Sponsors:

Ilene & Charles Mittman


Party Favor Sponsors:

Jan Bart
Jordine Von Wantoch


Photography Sponsor:

Peggy Matthews


Artist at Table Sponsors:

Catherine Friedman
Jean & Gordon Kelly
Carey Wall


Media Sponsors:


Ranch & Coast

Giving Back Magazine


All proceeds from sponsorships, tickets, and live and silent auction sales support the work of Cygnet Theatre.

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