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September 27, 2013 (San Diego) – James Hubbell’s Ilan-Lael Foundation has reached its pearl anniversary and will celebrate 30 years on Saturday, Sept. 28 at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest – the site of Hubbell’s first important volunteer-assisted major outdoor sculpture installation – from 5-9 p.m. The celebration will feature food, wine, a silent auction, speakers and dance, all in revelry for famed Santa Ysabel architect Hubbell’s prolific vision and impact on worldwide culture and art.

“Thirty years feels like an impossibly long time,” said Hubbell of his Foundation.  “Whenever possible we try to do things with others. We see nature, art, and people as inseparable. In fact when there is a division we try to figure out how to bridge it. We have been active partners with Pacific Rim Peace Parks and the Colegio Esperanza School in Tijuana, and we hope to continue birthing other initiatives and visions. The future is too exciting not to be a part of it. The door is open to a new chapter in San Diego’s future. Ilan-Lael’s role is to keep our foot in the door. We need your foot, too, and your heart and mind. Thank you for your continued friendship.”

Ilan-Lael, which stems from a Hebrew word meaning “a tree from god,” is a non-profit foundation that vibrates with beauty that can change the world and create hands-on opportunities to celebrate the built environment for its potential to help us see ourselves and our world in new ways. Lead by the visionary and poetic Hubbell, who has resided in San Diego on his hand-built compound in Santa Ysabel since 1958, Ilan-Lael was founded to preserve beauty and inspire the world.

The 30th Anniversary Celebration will share with attendees the past, present and future goals, dreams and plans for the Ilan-Lael Foundation. The evening will also feature  a social hour with canápes and hosted wine/beer, music, silent auction, dinner, a “pop up” art show featuring Hubbell works gathered from private collections for one night only, a “pechakucha-style” staged multi-media presentation of Ilan-Lael’s history, and folk dancing led by Anne Hubbell—a Hubbell and Ilan-Lael tradition!

Tickets for the event are priced at $150 per person. Tickets may be purchased online at www.ilanlaelfoundation.org or by phone at 760-765-3427.  First Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 4190 Front St, San Diego, CA 92103.

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