Plan of the Evening
5 p.m. VIP Reception
6 p.m. General Reception
7–8:30 p.m. Dinner and Program
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Our 2018 Honorees
Toni G. Atkins was elected in 2018 as California’s first woman Senate President Pro Tem. Prior to that, she was San Diego’s first ever Speaker of the State Assembly. She first began serving our communities in the mid-1980s as director of clinic services at Womancare Health Center and later as a San Diego City Councilmember from 2000 to 2008, which included her position as acting Mayor in 2005, before being elected to the State Assembly in 2010. Throughout her career in government and public service, Toni has authored laws to help small businesses, preserve dignity for transgender individuals, protect wildlife, assist victims of domestic violence, protect our environment, ensure coastal access, address our housing and homeless crisis, and strengthen family justice centers, among other accomplishments. Read Senator Atkins’ full bio here.
Barry Edelstein is the Artistic Director of the Old Globe Theatre. He is a stage director, producer, author, and educator. Recognized as one of the leading American authorities on the works of Shakespeare, he has directed nearly half of the Bard’s plays. As Director of the Shakespeare Initiative at The Public Theater (2008–2012), Mr. Edelstein oversaw all of the company’s Shakespearean productions as well as its educational, community outreach, and artist-training programs. His book Thinking Shakespeare is the standard text on American Shakespearean acting. He is also the author of Bardisms: Shakespeare for All Occasions. He is a graduate of Tufts University and the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Read more about Barry Edelstein here.
From I-5 North exit Sixth Avenue and turn right. Turn Left on Maple, then right on Third Ave. Parq West will be on your right.
From I-5 South exit Kettner Blvd and take the exit toward Sassafras Street, turn left on Laurel, then left on Third Ave. Parq West will be on your right.
Valet parking is available for a fee, and there is free parking available on the street and in the Union Bank lot directly adjacent to Parq West.