by LINDA FRABL | photos by Soul of Photography

Dedication & Belief

volunteer_sappington2It was 13 years ago when Nancy Sappington and her husband moved into their Fairbanks Ranch home, placing them next door to Terri Davis, an active volunteer for the Beach & Country Guild. The Guild, which raises funds for the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation of San Diego, was about to have its annual Dia Del Sol fundraising event, and Terri convinced Nancy to assist at one of the silent auction tables. Nancy recalled, “I was so impressed with what these ladies accomplished that I joined the Guild as a member.”

Now Nancy is the co-chair of the Guild’s upcoming Dia Del Sol luncheon extravaganza, titled “Mystique,” which will take place Oct. 19 at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad. This year’s event will feature Asian-inspired elements that are sure to captivate everyone in attendance. Asked about her co-chair responsibilities, Nancy proclaimed, “I often say it is like planning a wedding, while adding live and silent auctions, speakers, and a runway fashion show.”

Name: Nancy Sappington
Community: Fairbanks Ranch
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volunteer_sappington3The fashion show is always the highlight for Nancy, because in addition to the professional models, the catwalk also features children who have cerebral palsy. Nancy exclaimed, “It is so wonderful for them to participate in this way, and it is important for our guests to actually see whom they are helping with their generous contributions. It is a very moving experience for us all.”

Nancy, who had previously been the co-president of the women’s group Las Damas, a hospital neonatal volunteer, and a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), was more than willing to help oversee the event’s intricate details. Some of the tasks included: procuring the venue; soliciting sponsorships, donations, and auction items; brainstorming on the event’s theme; designing the invitations; decorating the site; publishing the program; and getting media coverage.

Grateful for all of the Guild members who continually lend their support, Nancy commented, “They are raising families, running their own businesses, and dealing with all the details of their busy lives, and yet they find time to make this event happen and have kept the Guild running for 47 years now! When you think about the longevity of the Guild, it truly represents what dedication and belief in something outside of your own small world is about.”