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By Jake Robison

May 4, 2018 (El Cajon) -- St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) will hold its inaugural Our Secret Garden Party on Saturday, June 2 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 2119 East Madison Avenue, El Cajon. This event will give SMSC’s supporters and the San Diego community the chance to experience SMSC’s magical garden and new aquatics center.

Our Secret Garden Party will feature beer and wine tastings from local breweries and wineries; live music; catered food stations; Arts Alive Auction presented by Jasmine Creek Florists and SMSC Sophie’s Gallery; Wine Pull and silent auctions; boutique vendor booths; a special live appearance of “Faeries” designed by Deb Solan; and the sale of student-made art and plants from SMSC’s garden.

The Presenting Sponsor for Our Secret Garden Party is Sycuan Casino. Chris Hinman will serve as this year’s Honorary Chair and Monica Zech will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Proceeds from this event will benefit the garden and aquatics programs.

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center is a nonprofit organization that serves more than 400 adults with developmental disabilities through nationally recognized, innovative programs. Its mission is to educate and empower individuals with developmental disabilities to realize their full potential. Developmental disabilities include autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other cognitive disorders for which there are no cures.

Tickets cost $80 per person and include complimentary beer & wine tastings, live entertainment and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling (619) 442-5129, ext. 352.

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC), a nonprofit organization in El Cajon, CA, educates and empowers individuals with developmental disabilities to realize their full potential. Founded in 1966 by the Society of the Sacred Heart, the Center first focused on pre-school children with developmental disabilities. When public schools began to assume that role in the early 1970s, SMSC shifted its focus to adults with developmental disabilities. Today, SMSC provides work training and social experiences that encourage students to become well-rounded, contributing members of the greater community. The Center also strives to educate the community about the realities of developmental disabilities, such as Down syndrome, autism, and cerebral palsy. It employs over 120 staff members and is served by more than 150 dedicated volunteers. A fleet of some 45 paratransit vans and buses transports students between home, campus, and work sites, five days a week. For more information, visit



At 109 Rea Ave. in downtown El Cajon. Check out (and buy) the creative things these folks have made.