The popular Big Splash backyard fundraiser held each year around Al Roberts and Ken Jillson’s hilltop pool in Laguna Beach drew thousands of supporters and utilized hundreds of volunteer cast and crew members.
“And we lost one of our most iconic voice-over volunteers yesterday when Phyllis Diller passed away,”
Ken Jillson, Big Splash writer-director, said earlier this week.
A Laguna Beach tradition of 25 years, Big Splash raised $10 million to support the AIDS Services Foundation, which provides services to 1,500 residents in the county living with HIV/AIDS.
This year, a new and fresh way to raise funds was envisioned and a deal struck for a brand-new annual gala with the Disneyland Resort. “A Night In South Beach” will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29, in Stage 17 at Disney California Adventure Park and will feature complimentary valet parking, cocktails, dinner, live entertainment and a special VIP showing of the all-new “World of Color”.
“Many of our long-time major donors have loved this new idea and have already signed up. We think this event will appeal to many younger supporters who will perceive it as a great value and a wonderful way to help,” said Roberts, ASF’s founding president.
Several once-in-a-lifetime experiences including a flight for two aboard the Goodyear blimp will be offered during a live auction. Single tickets to the event are $300 and major donor programs are offered at $1,500 to $25,000 per table.