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Countdown to the Swing & Soiree

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The Lucky Duck Foundation’s 8th annual Swing & Soiree is this Monday, October 3 at the Santaluz Club. The all day event begins with a shotgun shamble golf tournament followed by an evening reception featuring a full bar, dinner and live and silent auction. ESPN Sportscaster Neil Everett will be returning as event MC to help raise funds and bring comic relief to the evening program. Auction items expected to bring in big sums include a signed singlet by two-time Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton, the world record holder in the decathlon, a trip on a private jet and a stay at the One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos.

All the proceeds raised go to the Lucky Duck Foundation’s three benefitting charities; the Helen Woodward Animal Center, the Challenged Athletes Foundation and Father Joe’s Villages. The Swing is sold-out, but Soiree tickets are still available.

Here are a few key points about the event:

Lucky Duck Foundation Co-Founders Pat and Stephanie Kilkenny.

The Kilkennys Match Every Dollar Raised

The Lucky Duck Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Pat Kilkenny, a former University of Oregon Athletic Director, and his wife Stephanie. The Kilkennys live in Del Mar and they match all the money raised at the Swing & Soiree so the money donated has twice the impact. Since its founding, the Lucky Duck Foundation has raised over $5,700,000 for charity.


Attendees at the 2015 Swing & Soiree.

Bidding has Already Started 

The Swing & Soiree is Monday but bidding has already begun on the Lucky Duck Foundation’s Gesture page. is a mobile bidding technology and silent auction website. Members of the public can register and bid for items online without attending the event. The Lucky Duck Foundation hopes going digital will help more people participate and increase donations.

The Helen Woodward Animal Center Grows Pet Encounter Therapy Program Thanks to LDF Donations

Pet Encounter Therapy brings animals to visit children and adults in institutional settings throughout San Diego. Before Helen Woodward started working with the Lucky Duck Foundation, it had over 30 organizations on a waiting list to receive Pet Encounter Therapy. Some of the additional facilities it has been able to add in 2016 include a high-risk pregnancy center, facilities that serve veterans transitioning to civilian life, and convalescent homes that serve seniors with dementia and other health issues. The Lucky Duck donations also go the center’s Therapeutic Riding program, which provides weekly therapy to children and adults with physical and cognitive challenges. The benefits of equine therapy are life-changing for clients and include enhanced muscle strength and coordination, improved balance, better concentration and focus, and a new sense of confidence and self-esteem. The Lucky Duck Foundation’s support has allowed the center to add an additional day of lessons, so it is able to offer lessons six days a week.

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A Brett Lauren necklace.

Boutique Shopping Is a Fun Way to Give Back

The Swing & Soiree will have four boutiques this year including the jewelry brand Brett Lauren, the clothing shop Dahlia Traveling Boutique, handbag maker Dahlin Skye and Chris Bolton Jewelry. Attendees will be able to shop the boutiques in the evening before the program and live auction begins at 7pm. A portion of the proceeds of each sale is donated to the Lucky Duck Foundation.