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Hillcrest Mardi Gras Street Party is a financial success for local charities

SAN DIEGO – Few signs from last night’s 9th annual Hillcrest Mardi Gras celebration remain on University Avenue this morning. Despite the recession afflicting many San Diegans, the event was by all accounts a fundraising success for two local charities and a good time for those who attended.

Organizers didn't have an exact figure of the amount of money raised. "It's too soon to tell," said Chris Shaw, owner of Urban Mo's and Baja Betty's, one of the event organizers.

Shaw said 3,000 general-admission tickets and 500 VIP tickets were purchased, making the event a sell-out. Tickets cost $15 to $75, and the proceeds will benefit the Hillcrest Business Association and the Greater San Diego Business Association Charitable Foundation.

About the Hillcrest Business Association

The Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) was established in 1921 and is the oldest business association in San Diego. The Hillcrest Business Improvement District was created in 1984, with Joyce Beers as the first executive director.

The HBA represents more than 1,200 businesses acting as a liaison between the business community and the city. It encourages economic development for the Hillcrest area through events and promotions. It also employs private security patrols in the neighborhood’s core, maintains cleanliness on the streets and keeps the Hillcrest Sign shining bright.

Public board meetings are held every second Tuesday of each month at the Joyce Beers Community Center. For more information about the HBA click here.

About the GSDBA Charitable Foundation

The Greater San Diego Business Association (GSDBA) Foundation provides scholarships and mentoring to outstanding LGBT students and LGBT community student allies. These scholars are considered to be the next generation of leadership within the San Diego LGBT community and beyond. The foundation also provides resources to the LGBT community through its Scholar Community Project Initiative.

Each GSDBA Scholar is asked to develop and implement a project within the LGBT community that helps advance LGBT equality. Through these projects, GSDBA Scholars are partnered with mentors to help in project development and to ensure a successful implementation. Mentors are successful members of the LGBT community who are successful in their respective fields. Mentors include lawyers, doctors, business owners, elected government officials, as well as corporate and nonprofit employees. The hope is for the mentors to build rewarding, professional relationships and serve as exemplary role models for the organization’s scholars.

To learn more about the GSDBA and its charitable Foundations click here.

Hillcrest Mardi Gras sponsors

The event’s corporate sponsors included Absolut vodka, Bud Light, Viejas Casino, Jagermeister and California Bank Trust. SD Pix, Lavender Lens, Park Manor Suites and Z90.3 were among the 18 local sponsors. After parties were held at Rich’s, Martinis Above Fourth, Urban Mo’s Bar & Grill, Bourbon Street and Gossip Grill.