San Diego Business Journal

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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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These Socks Were a Shoo-In for Some Successful Fundraising

With more than 30 years of experience in the apparel industry, Carlsbad resident John Rich is hyper-aware of what is being worn in his community. And although there were plenty of Carlsbad T-shirts, hats and bags, he was hard-pressed to find a pair of Carlsbad socks.

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Home of the month: Island of Luxury

Tucked away in La Jolla Farms down a curving, cobblestone drive is an exclusive, gated estate with a sleek, fresh approach to architecture. The manicured grounds of emerald-green lawns and layered foliage include a lake with its own island. Privacy, relaxation and fun beckons at every turn. Every imaginable luxury is here, including the coveted key to Black’s Beach gate.

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Community Answers Call to Support Women in Blue Luncheon

Record attendance marked the San Diego Police Foundation’s 6th Annual Women in Blue Luncheon at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront recently.

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Julian Offers A Small Yet Sweet Slice of Mountain Living

Julian is located just a bit more than an hour’s drive from San Diego and is famous for its apples, Gold Rush Days and an abundance of the county’s bed and breakfast inns.

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Junior Seau Foundation Provides Wave of Support for CAF

The Junior Seau Foundation presented a $250,000 check to the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) to launch the Junior Seau Foundation Adaptive Surf Program. Junior Seau was an avid surfer, and his legacy will live on through this life-changing program that will provide access to surfing for kids with physical challenges.

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San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy Event a Glowing Success

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy recently held its 30th Anniversary Wax & Wine event in partnership with the Knorr Candle Factory. The conservancy raised $5,500 and received a generous donation from the Knorr Candle Factory. Guitarist Bill Fleming serenaded guests as they toured the gardens of Knorr, and learned how to make their own beeswax candle.

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High-End Coastal Living Offers an Experience You Can’t Top

If you haven’t lived in San Diego County for any length of time, you might wonder why there is just one prominent high-rise along the shore from La Jolla to Point Loma. At 21 stories, it is quite visible from land on a clear day and can serve as a navigation point for ships at sea.

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Sycuan’s Commitment to Community Seen in CAF Gift

NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton accepted a $50,000 check from Sycuan Casino on behalf of the Challenged Athletes Foundation. The donation is part of the casino’s promise to the San Diego-based nonprofit to donate at least 5 percent of its GameDay Sports Bar & Grill’s annual sales, which began in 2012.

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Life Streaming

Designed by legendary organic modern architect Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, the Lotus House is a masterful juxtaposition of art, light and function. Nested like a butterfly on a private canyon rim, the undulating roof sits atop expansive walls of glass that frame panoramic views of the Pacific. Awash with natural light, the home is an architectural masterpiece unlike any other.

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Bonsall’s Beauty Sets the Scene for Perfect Rural Retreats

About 40 miles north of San Diego, west of Interstate 15 off state Route 76, is the small community of Bonsall.

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Rock the House Strengthens 2-1-1’s Connection to Community

The 2-1-1 San Diego “Rock the House” launch party raised more than $250,000 for its NextGen technology and its new 30,000-square-foot Connections Center. 2-1-1 San Diego is a free, 24-hour, confidential phone service and searchable online database for residents of San Diego County.

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Best Supporting Role Goes to Donors of Seacrest Village

The Women’s Auxiliary of Seacrest Village Retirement Communities held its 38th Annual Gala, “Silver Screen,” at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine recently with Esther Fischer and Linda Platt serving as co-chairs of the Gala.

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View of the Top Shows Some Wonderful Selections for Buyers

The climate in San Diego is among the best in the world, but one that comes with a cost that shows no sign of slowing its climb. A review of median prices in 2015 for San Diego County revealed 10 ZIP codes with a median price of more than $1 million for sales of detached, single-family homes.

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KPBS, Union Bank Recognize Efforts of Some Local Heroes

As part of its ongoing commitment to cultural diversity and responsible banking, Union Bank joined KPBS to honor 18 inspirational individuals at the 18th Annual Local Heroes celebration recently.

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