Morning Glory Brunch Recap

Thanks to everyone who attended our 18th Morning Glory Brunch as well as the numerous volunteers who made everything run so smoothly.

Your support and generosity will directly impact our aquatic and garden programs that affect hundreds of our students daily.

Check out our Event Photos from Gates Photography here!

We would love to give a special thank you to the following individuals and companies that made this event happen!

  • Honorary Chair: Chris Hinman
  • The Alexander & Eva Nemeth Foundation, Inc.
  • Master of Ceremonies: Steve Hamann
  • Green Dragon Tavern’s Executive Chef Josef Felts
  • Sycuan Casino
  • The Menard Family Foundation
  • Peter & Mary Ellen Ferrantelli
  • John & Kay Krueger
  • Lundy Insurance
  • Redfearn & Associates
  • The Mansour Group
  • San Diego County Credit Union
  • Waste Management
Food and Drink vendors
  • Amore Cheesecake’s
  • Bekker’s Catering
  • Bivouac Ciderworks
  • Brigantine La Mesa
  • Chick-Fil-A Santee
  • Coffee Ambassador
  • Crafted Greens
  • Cupid’s Catering
  • Curiocity Catering
  • German American Societies of San Diego
  • Golden Bagel Cafe
  • Granite Lion Cellars
  • Grocery Outlet Bargain Market El Cajon
  • Hacienda Casa Blanca
  • Jackie’s Jams
  • Jamul Brewing Company
  • Lolita’s Mexican Food
  • Mary’s Donuts
  • Nicolosi’s Italian Restaurant
  • San Pasqual Winery
  • Starbucks
  • Suja Juice
  • The Hills Local Pub
  • Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Entertainment Lineup
  • International Academy of Jazz
  • Jason Weber
  • The Heroes
Our Underwriters
  • Alfred & Penny Gossner
  • Barbara Hietala
  • Barbara Thunder-Barnes
  • Barbie Bates
  • Bob & Andrea Raber
  • Carol & Rob McClure
  • Chris Hinman
  • Diane & Randall McCorquodale
  • Eladora Williams
  • Ellie Cansicio
  • Idy Land Surveying
  • J. Douglas & Marian R Pardee Foundation
  • Joe Saad
  • Jo-Ellen Palreiro
  • John and Colleen Garbaczewski Family Foundation
  • John & Kristy Godfrey
  • Lee Napier
  • Marcia Cassell
  • Stuart Karasik
  • Timothy Semenchuk
  • Toni Petruzzo
Boutique Vendors
  • Be Boutique
  • Designs by Eileen
  • Glamour Girlz
  • Premier Design Jewelry
  • Purses and Accessories by Dianna Thomas
  • Satori Designs
  • Soap Designs by Sydney
  • Sophie’s Gallery
  • Sophie’s Garden
  • Unchained Ideas

Check out some pictures from the event!

Employee Spotlight: Rachel Ramsey

Rachel Ramsey
Programs Support Manager


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

A: It will be 19 years in May!


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

A:  I love kayaking, hiking, road trips, etc.


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

A: I like almost any Sci-Fi show so long as it is not too scary.  I like various type of music – nothing specific.


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

A: Ireland & Alaska (Maybe visit the Victoria Island)


Q: What brought you to SMSC?

A: I discovered SMSC when picking up a consumer. I applied and then was hired as an ADC Job Coach!


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

A: Seeing the people we serve overcome challenges that will allow them to do the things they want in life that so many take for granted. I also love working with staff & problem solving!


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

A: Be flexible, open minded, and positive! Enjoy what you do and you’ll find a smile inside every day!


Monthly Giving Program

Each year, St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center must raise funds in order to cover the continuous costs of our wide variety of programs. These costs include art supplies, pool supplies for our Aquatic Center, gardening tools, and much more.
By joining SMSC Monthly Giving Partners, you are able to donate monthly to the program of your choice. 
By becoming a Monthly Giving Partner, you are joining an exclusive club. Monthly gifts provide consistent, reliable support and a convenient and efficient way for you to support the students and programs of SMSC. You can make your monthly payment by check or automatic payments by credit/debit card. Upon joining with your first monthly gift of $10.00 or more, you’ll receive a piece of art created by one of our students.
Monthly giving is easy and every gift, however large or small, helps students at SMSC.
To join, click DONATE TODAY at the top right of this website and select a recurring monthly payment plan!
For more information, please contact Joe Perucca at 619-442-5129, ext. 332 or

Volunteer Spotlight: Rosemary Gibson


Volunteer Spotlight: Rosemary Gibson

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

A: My first volunteer assignment was to help with the annual holiday party this past December (2018).  What a fun experience!  The event was great fun with activities, treats and festive and delicious holiday lunch and even a visit from the Chick-fil-A cow and Santa!


Q: Why did you decide to become a volunteer?

A: I like that the volunteer opportunities are varied.  I can help with students and also on the event and fundraising side.  St. Madeleine’s is highly regarded and a San Diego treasure. 


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

A: It is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference.  Just a few hours a week assisting the staff and students at SMSC can make a difference. I’ve enjoyed conversations with many of the students.  It’s wonderful to learn more about their interests.  I look forward to spending more time and getting to know the students and the devoted staff.  

Employee Spotlight: Kim Holt


Kim Holt

Aquatics / Safety manager

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

Almost 21 years


What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Staying at home in Mexico, spending time with my dogs, working out with my husband, eating good food and drinking good wine


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

I enjoy binge watching Netflix, Bruno Mars, classical music and reading trilogies


Do you have a cool story to share about something you did or that happened to you?

I moved to Baja 30 years ago the day after I was married. I commute 3 hours a day so that I can do the work that I love.


If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I’d like to take a motor home trip around the US to visit the national parks and fill up my national park passport. I also love traveling in other parts of Mexico


What brought you to SMSC?

A friend of mine was working with Debra to figure out how best to utilize the pool. He referred me

What is your favorite thing about working at SMSC?

Working with the students and watching them learn new skills. Teaching the staff


What advice would you give to new SMSC staff?

Have patience and enjoy each day here because you are making a positive difference in other people’s lives.