San Diego Business Journal

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Volunteers Mobilize to Deliver Special Thanksgiving Meals

More than 150 Outreach Impacting Lives volunteers distributed 900 Thanksgiving meals to enlisted military families in San Diego County through a collaboration with the Military Outreach Ministry or MOM San Diego. Each meal consisted of a 15-pound turkey and 10 side dishes.

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Friends and Neighbors Rally to Help Ronald McDonald House

San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House Charities announced that its seventh annual Romp Gala and Hoehn Motors Porsche raffle raised $556,698 to benefit the organization.

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Comfort, Confidence and Nature Animate Midcentury Designs

More than 600 tour-goers attended the La Mesa Historical Society’s midcentury modern home tour on an unseasonably warm day in early November. It was like stepping back in time, made all the more real when several San Diego trolleys turned up to carry the aficionados around the rural roads of Mount Helix.

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Landscape Architects’ Event Puts Focus on the Environment

The American Society of Landscape Architects, San Diego Chapter, held its 37th annual golf tournament recently at the Loma Santa Fe Country Club. The annual fundraising event’s proceeds are primarily earmarked for the chapter’s community grant program. Some of the funds raised will allow an “Emerging Professional” or a “Student Member” to attend an ASLA SD or ASLA national event.

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Team Effort Takes on Ovarian Cancer and Supports Patients

The Clearity Foundation’s fitness fundraiser, “All Out for Her,” raised awareness of ovarian cancer and exceeded the nonprofit’s $10,000 goal to raise more than $15,000 for the cause.

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Batter Kay’s ‘Sculptures’ Crisply Define the Space They Inhabit

Janice Kay and Michael Batter of Batter Kay Associates have been building single-family, multifamily and commercial projects for the past 40 years, primarily in the San Diego area. Specializing in modern architecture, the award-winning couple has nearly 400 projects in their portfolio.

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Gala Provides Police With Some Valuable Backup on the Beat

K9 Crimefighters were celebrated in style at the San Diego Police Foundation’s 5th Annual Gold Shield Gala, which attracted 300 community leaders to the US Grant hotel. Net proceeds were more than $280,000, including a $50,000 donation from the D.W. Hearst Jr. Foundation.

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Home of the month - Haven On Earth

Casa Piena is a spectacular country estate with stunning panoramic views of the backcountry in Poway’s Heritage Estates. A collaboration of old-world spirit and modern luxury, the home features lavish spaces of ancient stone, historical relics and materials from around the world. Seventeenth-century doors open to dramatic double spiral staircases that offer an inviting refuge from the outside world.

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Shipyard Cos. Deliver a Cargo of Fun to Our Lady’s School

Our Lady’s School in Barrio Logan, a Jesuit educational institute, received a special delivery from San Diego’s shipbuilding and ship repair organizations recently.

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Good Works Are Always on the Schedule for EY’s Connect Day

EY’s annual EY Connect Day is Sept. 30 each year, per a proclamation by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

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Put Your Life on Course for Luxury Living at Country Club

On the most southwestern edge of Rancho Santa Fe off San Dieguito Road is the Del Mar Country Club, one of the county’s finest golf courses and communities.

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Awards Honor Those Who Change Kids’ Lives Through Literacy

Traveling Stories and title sponsor Humble Bundle Inc. hosted the inaugural Red Balloon Awards dinner and gala in conjunction with National Literacy Month held recently at the San Diego Woman’s Club.

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Family’s Generous Role in Supporting Scripps Honored at Event

The 48th annual Scripps Clinic Golf Invitational and Special Celebration honoring local philanthropists Eileen and John “Jack” Anderson IV raised more than $1.2 million.

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Poway Is Home Run for Raising Family in a Luxurious Setting

WalletHub, a financial services company owned by Washington, D.C.-based Evolution Finance Inc., just released the results of a 2016 research project to determine the best places to raise a family in California. Of the 240 California cities surveyed, Poway came in at No. 17, the highest in San Diego County.

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Financial Executives Make Successful Fundraising Drives

San Diego-based USE Credit Union executives Jim Harris, Ken Kramer, Matt Adams and Josh Lawrence came in second at the Richard Myles Johnson Foundation/CUNA Mutual Golf Tournament held recently in Newport Beach.

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Home of The Month - Sculpted Beauty

Designed by acclaimed San Diego-based master architect Jonathan Segal, this stunning oceanfront home sits atop a 20-foot-high bluff in Bird Rock. Built 13 feet deep into the ground, the four-story home is constructed of solid steel and walnut — ultra-modern, yet warm and light-filled. The four-story home’s floor-to-ceiling windows and multiple decks draw the dweller toward dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean. Four years in the making, the home is life in a one-of-a-kind modern sculpture.

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Phil’s BBQ Serves BBBS and Community at Annual Barbecue

Phil’s BBQ Inc. and Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County raised more than $80,000 with 2,652 attendees at the eighth annual Phil’s Big BBQ at the Ballpark. More than 100 Phil’s BBQ employees donated their time to set up and run the event at Petco Park.

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Neighborhood Gets Nightly Shows Starring S.D. Skyline

ings in life that are truly priceless — one’s health and family, certainly. But running a solid third would be the view of the San Diego skyline from First Street in Coronado.

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Summer Program Engages Students’ Interests and Ambitions

More than 30 children recently toured the San Diego Police Department’s Mid-City Division as part of United Way of San Diego County and City Heights Partnership for Children’s “Readers in the Heights” summer pilot program.

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Sycuan Casino Helps Operation Bigs on Its Mission to Mentor

Sycuan Casino presented a $50,000 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County before a John Ondrasik charity concert. Ondrasik is the front man for the band Five for Fighting and performed a solo acoustic set. The funds will benefit the charity’s Operation Bigs program which joins children who are military dependents to volunteer “Bigs” who are in the military, retired or civilian.

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Grants Allow Kids to Learn Valuable Lessons from Nature

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy announced a $25,000 grant from The San Diego Foundation to expand the conservancy’s Watershed Explorers Program.

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Home of The Month - A Summer Palace

Referred to as the “Downton Abbey of Coronado,” this historic property is one of Coronado’s most palatial estates.

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Fundraiser Supports Seniors in Need At Seacrest Village

Guardians of San Diego’s 25th Annual Golf & Tennis Tournament was held at the Del Mar Country Club and presented by the William Gumpert Foundation.

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Bocce Ball Championship’s Fundraising Role Is a Big Winner

The North County Athletic Association announced that Vigilucci’s Beach Bocce World Championship XXXVI attracted more than 1,000 people to Del Mar’s Dog Beach. Raising more than $100,000 this year and more than $1 million since its inception, the tournament sold out in under an hour when tickets were made available in the spring.

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Sunshine Adds the Final Touch to Rancho Santa Fe’s Beauty

Downtown Rancho Santa Fe is just a few blocks long and is the busy epicenter of this exclusive enclave.

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Camp Erin Gives Kids Place to Share Their Feelings and Fun

The Center for Compassionate Care of The Elizabeth Hospice hosted Camp Erin San Diego in partnership with The Moyer Foundation. This annual weekend summer camp is open to children and teens who are grieving the death of someone close to them. This camp experience is free of charge and combines traditional, high-energy camp activities with grief support and education.

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S.D. Police Foundation Helps Those Who Protect and Serve

The San Diego Police Foundation’s 16th annual “Friends of the Badge” luncheon was held recently at the San Diego Convention Center. Net proceeds of more than $145,000 were raised by 451 attendees who gathered to support public safety and the mission of the Police Foundation.

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Iconic Surf Spot, San Diego Sunsets Set the Scene at Windansea

Windansea Beach at the end of Nautilus Street in La Jolla is one of San Diego County’s most iconic landmarks. The smooth sandstone tables jutting out over the crashing waves, underwater reefs and, of course, the historic “surf shack” are popular backdrops for weddings and photographs of fiery sunsets.

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Boys and Girls Clubs Go for the Gold and Also Their Goals

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego announced that the annual Summer Games that were hosted at Miramar College recently featured 761 members competing in an Olympic-style competition.

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Luxury Surroundings

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This serene and secluded home in Rancho Santa Fe is as intriguing from the air as it is from the ground. Designed by renowned local architect Ken Ronchetti, the modern — yet comfortable, livable home — hugs an expansive indoor/outdoor living oasis. The curvilinear masterpiece is on park-like, manicured acreage studded with statuary and artistically placed plantings. Reminiscent of a tropical lagoon, the distinctive pool is in view from nearly every room, for a seamless blend of the interior world to nature.

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Gala Continues Its Winning Ways in Helping Challenged Athletes

The San Diego-based Challenged Athletes Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary of A Celebration of Heroes, Heart and Hope Gala. More than 900 people attended the event at the Waldorf Astoria New York. During the last nine years, the New York gala has raised more than $11.2 million to help fulfill the organization’s mission. Funds raised at events have allowed CAF to raise more than $73 million in its 23-year history and satisfy more than 13,000 grant requests from physically challenged athletes in all 50 states and more than 32 countries.

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Forget the Road, You’ll Want to Stay Put at The Crosby

Named after the great crooner and Academy Award winner Bing Crosby, “The Crosby” is a private, golf-course community about five miles east of downtown Rancho Santa Fe. The streets, such as Irish Eyes Lane, White Christmas Court and Danny Boy Road, are a daily reminder to residents of Crosby’s legacy in the area. Crosby was a founding partner of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and former owner of the historic Osuna Ranch in Rancho Santa Fe among other real estate holdings.

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Teen Sets Great Example as She Puts All Her Heart Into Helping

Make-A-Wish San Diego and San Diego Habitat for Humanity came together to make an inspiring young teen’s wish come true. Julia, a senior at Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, was an MVP on the varsity volleyball team and had visited the Dominican Republic last summer to build homes for families in need and was immediately hooked on giving back. She had plans to make a similar trip again this year, but in November, she was diagnosed with cancer that prevents travel.

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HUFC Fundraising Gala Helps Children Around the World

The Fifth Annual Hands United for Children Fundraiser Gala took place at the Prado Ballroom in Balboa Park recently. The evening raised $97,000 for HUFC’s three projects: Children’s Nature Retreat, HUFC Dental Clinic and the programs in Saponé Burkina Faso in West Africa, all benefitting children in need.

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Nature Is a Very Good Neighbor in This Serene Setting

The Varadero housing development at the top of Lake San Marcos is a gated community and a private enclave of high-end homes. “Varadero,” which means boathouse or dry dock in Spanish, sits like the crown jewel high above the man-made lake and recreation area.

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Foundation Funds Groups on Front Lines of Helping Military

The Patriots Connection, a program of Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, awarded grants of $100,200 to nine nonprofit military programs in San Diego County recently. The Patriots Connection has awarded 135 grants of more than $1.2 million since 2009 to nonprofits serving the local military community.

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Artistic Vision

On the northern edge of Rancho Santa Fe is Casa Loma, an extraordinary estate with panoramic mountain, valley and ocean views. Eight years in the making, renowned late architect Ted Grenzbach was given unfettered artistic license to design a home like no other. Grenzbach, who designed homes for Hollywood royalty, created a luxurious, yet comfortable, world-class modern residence.

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Gift to Rescue Mission Adds to the Hope, Comfort It Provides

The San Diego Rescue Mission received a special delivery of 300 new mattresses donated by online luxury mattress company, Leesa Sleep LLC. The mattresses will be used in the Mission’s emergency shelters, men’s recovery programs, recuperative care unit and transitional programs. The donation, with a retail value of more than $60,000, will enhance the way the Mission addresses the needs of those it serves.

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Encinitas Homes Build On the Style, Charm of City’s Past

A drive along the side streets off Leucadia Boulevard between Interstate 5 and El Camino Real is a simultaneous look at the past of Encinitas and its future. West of Quail Gardens Drive, the area is a densely populated mix of ramshackle, mid-1950s ranch houses alongside newer, million-dollar estates that replaced the original homes.

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Charity Gala Gives At-Risk Kids the Support Needed to Succeed

More than 300 supporters gathered at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe for Father Joe’s Villages’ 2016 Children’s Charity Gala. Guests raised more than $300,000 in funds for at-risk youth in San Diego, including Toussaint Academy and the Therapeutic Childcare Center.

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Foundation Funds Help Meet Critical Needs in Oceanside

Oceanside Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, awarded $60,000 in grants to three local nonprofits at its Ninth Annual Grants Celebration at the Oceanside Museum of Art.

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Coronado Cays a Slice of Heaven on Some Very Nice Earth

“One of the best locations on Earth” is what the original owner said of a home in the Coronado Cays development to Jay Becker, a Realtor with Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty.

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Walden’s Spring Soirée Brings Hope and Help to Foster Kids

Walden Family Services, the nonprofit foster care, adoption and youth services agency, hosted its Spring Soirée recently at the Pamplemousse Grille to celebrate May 2016 Foster Care Month.

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Blending With The Scenery

Home Of The Month - June

Above a series of natural rock ledges along an inviting sandy beach is an architectural masterpiece by Encinitas-based architect Don Edson.

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Volunteers Take Several Steps to Help Fight Liver Disease

American Liver Foundation’s Pacific Coast Division held the 18th Annual Liver Life Walk in Liberty Station recently. Nearly 600 walkers raised more than $64,000 to support medical research, educate patients, families, caregivers and health care professionals about liver wellness and disease prevention. The team from San Diego-based Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc. was the top fundraising team, raising $7,455.

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SDMAC Creates Foundation to Further Its Outreach, Initiatives

The San Diego Military Advisory Council has announced the formation of its new charitable nonprofit, the SDMAC Foundation. The newly created 501(c)3 will allow San Diego’s leading nonprofit military organization to further promote general awareness and understanding of the importance of a strong national defense in our region — and will further support San Diego’s active-duty and retired military community through program initiatives, educational outreach, and events funded by tax-deductible donations received by the organization.

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No Need for a Map to the Stars in Beautiful Borrego Springs

If you grew up somewhere other than a densely populated urban environment, you’ll remember the absolute awe of staring up at a night sky thick with stars. Borrego Springs

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Efforts Help Cancer Patients Get Lifesaving Lifts to Treatment

Jewish Family Service of San Diego has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the San Diego Professionals Against Cancer, a group of volunteers dedicated to raising money to support local nonprofits fighting cancer. The money will be used to support breast cancer patients.

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Event Raises Money, Awareness on Latest Breast Cancer Therapies

More than 300 guests were in attendance at Susan G. Komen San Diego’s “Screens, Genes & The Choices We Make: A Conversation on Research, Treatment and Lifestyle’’ annual dinner symposium.

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Luxury Still Has the Leading Role in Lush Fairbanks Ranch

Fairbanks Ranch in Rancho Santa Fe occupies the land that was once an 800-acre working dairy and citrus ranch owned by the 1920s “Hollywood Royalty” couple Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. Now, Fairbanks Ranch is an exclusive gated community of 618 homes with miles of jogging and walking trails, a lake, tennis courts and more than 40 acres of open space for recreation.

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