Lisa Ruder, left, Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation President Debbie Kurth, Jack and Caroline Raymond at the foundation’s 30th annual Thanksgiving luncheon. Photo courtesy of the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation

Lisa Ruder, left, Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation President Debbie Kurth, Jack and Caroline Raymond at the foundation’s 30th annual Thanksgiving luncheon. Photo courtesy of the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation

The Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, awarded $83,000 to 20 programs that benefit Rancho Bernardo at the group’s 30th Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon.

This year, RBCF focused grant making on programs that help make Rancho Bernardo a great place to live, work and play. Grant programs that received funding will support a variety of social impact areas, including education, youth development, science and technology, and the arts.

“Every year, the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation Thanksgiving Luncheon serves as a reminder for how generous Rancho Bernardo residents are and the impact philanthropy has across our community,” Debbie Kurth president RBCF said: “This year is particularly exciting as we celebrate three decades of local impact and grant making in the community.”

RBCF has distributed more than $700,000 to the nonprofit community through membership and fundraising programs thanks to an endowment fund that supports the Rancho Bernardo community in perpetuity, RBCF and its members have generated an impact of $2.2 million. For the list of 2019 grantees visit: sdfoundation.org.

Maytag Delivers for Deserving Family, Deserving Club

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego and Maytag brand teamed up to surprise a deserving family in Escondido with new Maytag brand kitchen and laundry appliances. Anthony and Rosie Montejano and their family received the surprise of a lifetime at Conrad Prebys Escondido Boys & Girls Clubs. The Montejano family was chosen for the Maytag brand donation by Danny Sherlock, president/CEO of BGCG of Greater San Diego and a recipient of a Maytag Dependable Leader Award. The family was selected due to their inspiring story of persistence through disruptive times.

Additionally, the Conrad Prebys Escondido Boys & Girls Clubs received a new refrigerator and microwave to assist with food storage and preparation for the club’s free snack and summer lunch program. Visit sdyouth.org.

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Ron Fowler, left, Little Brother London Williams, Big Brother Tyler Dabovich and Tom Seidler at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County’s 56th Annual Gourmet Dinner. Photo courtesy of Studio Carre Photographie

Seidler Honored for Going to Bat For BBBS and Other Good Works

Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County’s 56th annual Gourmet Dinner fundraiser was a huge success, raising $690,000 for the nonprofit organization. The theme, “Field of Dreams” was inspired by this year’s Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County’s Person of the Year, Tom Seidler of the San Diego Padres. Former professional baseball player and Padres broadcaster, Mark Grant, hosted the evening. The event, which included a cocktail reception followed by the dinner and auction, was attended by 530 people. Seidler was honored with the award at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine.

“I’m a big believer in the positive, sometimes life-changing impact that Big Brothers Big Sisters has on the youth of San Diego, it’s an organization I’m happy to support personally and through the Padres,” Seidler said.

Seidler has served on the BBBS of SDC board of directors for more than four years, helping to develop a strong partnership between BBBS of SDC and the San Diego Padres and creating outreach and volunteer recruitment opportunities.

In addition to his board service with BBBS, he also sits on the board of directors of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, Padres Pedal the Cause, and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. Seidler is also a member of the athletics committee of the board of trustees of the University of San Diego. Visit sdbigs.org.

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Lisa Wilson, left, and her daughter Jessica accept the Bill and Judy Garrett Civic Leadership Award on behalf of the Rice Family Foundation. Photo courtesy of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

College Credit: Award Recognizes Foundation’s Efforts for Education

The Rice Family Foundation, a nonprofit foundation, which has provided more than $1 million in donations to Grossmont Community College and Cuyamaca Community College, was honored with the second annual Bill and Judy Garrett Civic Leadership Award.

The award was accepted by Lisa Wilson, niece of the Rice Family Foundation’s creator, Morgan Rice, and her daughter Jessica, also a foundation board member. Lisa Wilson said her uncle, who died in 2004, believed in the transformative power of education.

“We love both of these colleges,” Wilson said. “They are the basis of our community.”

The Rice Family Foundation was created in 1993 by Morgan Rice, an El Centro native who made his fortune by investing in San Diego real estate. The emphasis of funding and grants from the foundation is on education, particularly programs that benefit the economically disadvantaged in San Diego County. Some beneficiaries of the foundation’s largesse include Balboa Park museums, the San Diego Zoo, K-12 educational programs, literacy programs, and programs related to music and the arts.

For more information about the Foundation for Grossmont/Cuyamaca.