MADCAPS sets 50th annual benefit show
by PATRICIA M. WALSH
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District 2 City Councilman Kevin Faulconer presented a proclamation Tuesday to Mothers and Daughters Club Assisting Philanthropies (MADCAPS) in honor of the group’s 50 years of work helping countless charitable organizations. Faulconer presented the proclamation to Nicole DeMaria (center), a 12-grader at the Rock Academy who has logged the most volunteer hours during her six years with the organization, and MADCAPS President Barbara Meserve. The group’s annual show will be held March 12 and 13.	COURTESY PHOTO
District 2 City Councilman Kevin Faulconer presented a proclamation Tuesday to Mothers and Daughters Club Assisting Philanthropies (MADCAPS) in honor of the group’s 50 years of work helping countless charitable organizations. Faulconer presented the proclamation to Nicole DeMaria (center), a 12-grader at the Rock Academy who has logged the most volunteer hours during her six years with the organization, and MADCAPS President Barbara Meserve. The group’s annual show will be held March 12 and 13. COURTESY PHOTO
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Mothers and Daughters Club Assisting Philanthropies (MADCAPS) is celebrating 50 years of serving the community in a big way. In addition to staging its annual musical extravaganza fundraiser, MADCAPS is holding a year-long philanthropy challenge and a 50th anniversary reunion in April.

On March 12 and 13, the MADCAPS annual show will be held at the Correia Middle School auditorium. The theme for the 50th anniversary show is “Celebrate.” 

Tickets for the Thursday, March 11 premiere dress rehearsal show will be available for $5 at the door. Tickets for Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13 matinee and evening performances are available through www.showboxoffice.com. Ticket prices are $10 to $20.

As part of its year-long anniversary celebration, MADCAPS mothers and daughters are also being challenged to complete 50 hours or more of service as a gift to the community.

“The philanthropy challenge is good for the community and good for us to remember why we joined,” said Jennifer Heft.

The group’s history of fundraising has grown tremendously over five decades and become an integral part of philanthropy in San Diego. MADCAPS held its first fundraising fashion show in the spring of 1961 at the Stardust Hotel and raised $529. Last year, the MADCAP girls — made up of seventh- through 12th-graders from Point Loma and Mission Hills, raised more than $39,000 for dozens of charities throughout San Diego. Since its inception in 1960, MADCAPS has raised more than $650,000 for the community and contributed tens of thousands of hours volunteering for philanthropic organizations.

Kathy Pratt of Point Loma, was a MADCAPS mom for 15 consecutive years with her three daughters, Katie, 1992; Stacy, 1996; and Megan, 2001.

“I can remember things from MADCAPS to this day and laugh,” Pratt said. “Small snippets of great memories come to mind and wonderful friendships that have endured through the years of mothers and their daughters. I have never been involved with an organization, or a job for that matter, with such talented and gifted woman and daughters.

“The girls join as young sixth-graders and leave as remarkable young women,” Pratt said. “What better way to send your daughter off to college and life than giving her the confidence to recognize a need in others and be part of the solution in making it better?”

Organizations that have benefited from MADCAPS philanthropy include St. Vincent de Paul Village,  Children’s Hospital, Loma Portal Head Start, city of San Diego Therapeutic Recreational Services,  San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation,  CRASH Options for Recovery, A.R.T.S. (A Reason To Survive), San Diego YWCA Shelter School, Senior Olympics, Elder Help, Bayside Community Center, Habitat for Humanity and San Diego River Park Foundation. MADCAPS also volunteer their time at the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk and Autism Speaks.

MADCAPS’ “Celebrate” show will feature songs from Broadway performed by the club’s 150 girls. This annual musical extravaganza has become the MADCAPS signature fundraising event of the year. The underwriting of major production costs, proceeds from ticket and advertising sales, and the donated time and expertise of the girls, their families and friends makes it possible to give to community organizations.

This year’s sponsors include: SENTRE Partners, Cabrillo Pet Hospital and the Rose Family, Cavignac & Associates Insurance Broker and the Cavignac Family, the Hutcheson Family, Cricket Wireless and the S. Falck Nielsen Family.

“Over the last 50 years, MADCAPS has undergone many changes, but the core purpose has remained the same: being involved in the community and nurturing our daughters in philanthropic commitments, both by volunteering our time and by raising money for our philanthropies,” said Barbara Meserve, MADCAPS president.

All previous members of MADCAPS are invited to join in the alumni reunion in April. For more information, contact Sharon Singleton at ssingleton1@-mac.com.
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