SMSC 2019 Event Schedule

Katie Boute and Alyssa Virissimo at the 2018 Haute with Heart Fashion Show


SMSC is happy to announce our 2019 Events Schedule!

April 27, 2019 

18th Morning Glory Brunch

We are bringing back our Morning Glory Brunch for 2019. Join us for an afternoon of bites, beverage tastings, live music, shopping and the return of our signature frog race with CASH prizes!

For more info click here.

August 10, 2019

42nd Haute with Heart Fashion Show & Luncheon

This event will highlight professional models and the community of St. Madeleine’s dressed in the latest fashions on the runway; boutique shopping; silent, live and opportunity auctions.

For more info click here.

November 8, 2019

6th Annual SMSC “Swing with Santa” Golf Tournament

Enjoy a day full of FUN on Sycuan’s Pine Glen 3-Par Course to support the Student Appreciation Holiday Celebration. All golfers receive a round of golf with cart, lunch, happy hour dinner reception & gift bag.

For more info click here.

January 18, 2020

6th Annual Tea by the Sea

Our always popular Tea by the Sea returns to The Marine Room yet again in 2020! Tea by the Sea will feature complimentary signature cocktail, hors d’oeuvre, silent auction, and a menu by Chef Bernard!

For more info click here.

Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming events and ticket information! 

Volunteer Spotlight: Fermin Vasquez



How long have you been a volunteer at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center?

I have been volunteering at SMSC for just a few weeks now, but it has been such a great experience!

Why did you decide to become an intern at SMSC ?

I decided to intern at SMSC because I am going to school to become a Social Worker and this is perfect place to volunteer. I am thankful for this awesome opportunity.

What are your favorite thing about volunteering?

My favorite thing about SMSC so far is that everyone, both staff and students are so welcoming. This has made me feel that I have chosen a great place to volunteer at. I always have students coming up to me to introduce themselves, ask me my name and how my day is.

Volunteer Spotlight: Sandy Rowley

Volunteer Spotlight

Sandy Rowley

How long have you been volunteering at St Madeleine Sophie’s Center?

I have been volunteering with SMSC for about a year now.  I started out in ADC and I am now doing a Book Club at the Rancho San Diego library for the ADC students.

Why did you decide to become a volunteer?

I became a volunteer because I have a daughter with special needs and I knew there was a need for extra help in the adult programs.

What is your favorite thing about volunteering here?

I think my favorite thing about volunteering with SMSC is interacting with and getting to know the students who come to Book Club.  I love it when I’m reading a story and I ask them a question and they totally know the answer.  I also love it when they rate the books at the end of a story and they give it 5 out of 5 stars!  And, of course, it never hurts at the end of a Book Club when they thank me and tell me they love me!

Employee Spotlight: Gina Curry

Gina Curry

ADC/IP Job Coach

Q: How long have you been working at St Madeleine Sophie’s Center?

A: My first day at St. Madeleine’s was August, 12, 2003


Q: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

A: I like spending time with my kids, walking, cooking, shopping, and

watching documentaries


Q: What’s your favorite TV show, music artist, or book?

A: I enjoy 70’s music, singers and songwriters  


Q: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

A: Jerusalem and Germany, home of my ancestors


Q: What brought you to SMSC?

A: The students; also the hours and work days are great for a working mother


Q: What is your favorite thing about working at SMSC?

A: The students are very friendly, accepting people and the staff are very kind as well.  I think that SMSC is the most dynamic program around.


Q: What advice would you give to new SMSC staff?

A: Welcome new employees and hope that they enjoy our students as much as I do. There is so much to learn, just give yourself time.


Q: Tell us about a mission moment that you have experienced at SMSC?

A: When I figure out what a non-verbal student wants, and what they are trying to communicate to us. Once I understand, I can share it with other staff and it works.  I also enjoy coaching a student that has been placed in a job that pays well with benefits. 

Volunteer Spotlight: Jonathan Woods



How long have you been volunteering at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center?

Jonathan has been volunteering at SMSC since he was in high school, about 7 years now.

Why did you decide to become a volunteer?

Originally, when Jonathan was younger, he took swimming lessons for several summers at the SMSC’s pool, as did 2 of his brothers and 2 cousins. Jonathan always hoped to play for the San Diego Padres or Los Angeles Lakers (they still haven’t called J) or work for SMSC’s pool when he grew up.  Jonathan is very happy the pool did say “yes”. 

What are your favorite things about volunteering?

Jonathan loves getting up and coming to the pool each day.  He enjoys working with friends and meeting new ones.  He looks forward to helping SMSC students with their workouts in the water. He likes helping to keep around the pool cleaned up and neat.  Jonathan is so happy he was able to grow up and have his dream job!