Date Night for a Cause

The North Coast Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary hosted Date Night for a Cause at Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. Over 340 guests attended the event, featuring live music by Atomic Groove, food, opportunity drawings, and a live auction. More than $81,000 was raised this year, all of which will benefit the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Endowment for Genomics Neuroscience at the Institute for Genomic Medicine.

Established in 2014, Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine seeks to build the infrastructure that will make it possible to sequence the genome of every child who is cared for at Rady Children’s, which has been shown to yield life-changing results. Over 30 families have had their DNA sequenced, and half of those cases have produced answers for the unexplained symptoms causing newborns to be hospitalized. The ability to sequence the DNA of every child at Rady Children’s will therefore dramatically increase life-saving diagnoses and effective treatment. Genome sequencing can also be helpful for those living with neurological diseases and disorders. In addition to high-speed DNA sequencing, the Endowment for Neuroscience Chair Dr. Joseph Gleeson and his team will be able to provide clinical genetics, bioinformatics, clinical trials, and cutting-edge research to improve care for these patients.

The mission of the North Coast Auxiliary Unit is to support Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego by advocating for the health and well-being of children, increasing community awareness, and fundraising. Over the past 34 years, the unit has raised nearly $1,250,000, which benefits a different department of the hospital each year. For more information go to