by Rick Griffin
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society in San Diego will host its 27th annual MS Dinner Auction this Saturday, Nov. 23, at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, 4000 Coronado Bay Road, in Coronado. More than 600 people are expected to attend and bid on more than 700 silent and live auction packages. Silent and live auction packages, ranging from $100 to $25,000, will include professional services, home furnishings, consumer electronics merchandise, home-related products and services, a variety of domestic and international vacations, sports memorabilia and gift certificates for dining, entertainment, airfare and hotel accommodations. Other auction packages include fine art and jewelry, wine and spa packages and one-of-a-kind experiences.
Traditionally held on the Saturday before the week of Thanksgiving as a jump-start to holiday shopping, the annual MS Dinner Auction is considered one of San Diego’s largest annual charity auctions. The event typically raises $450,000 for multiple sclerosis research and programs for people with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body.
The title sponsor of the 2013 MS Dinner Auction is Pacific Wealth Management of San Diego. Additional sponsors include Genzyme, United Airlines, Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers, Merrill Lynch & Co., Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Clear Channel Radio, KPBS, Loews Coronado Bay Resort, Novartis, Redfearn & Associates, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Sullivan Moving & Storage, Travel Center of La Jolla, Torrey Pines Bank, UltraStar Cinemas, Questcor, Azamara Club Cruises and Flowers by Coley. Tickets begin at $175 per person. For more information, including a list of auction items, or to purchase tickets, visit www.MSdinnerAuction.com.