On the southwestern edge of Rancho Santa Fe, hidden from view off a quiet tree-lined street is the “Angel House.” The charming Spanish Colonial-style home was designed in 1930 by prolific local architect, Lilian Rice. The long sweeping driveway climbs upward toward a full acre of lavish gardens and beguiling vistas. The inviting storybook home comes into view. The arched wood and glass front doors, flanked by original stained-glass windows, beckon from under a covered veranda. The modernized interior is woven into its historic roots and evokes a sense of permanence and peace.
Home Start Inc., a nonprofit child abuse prevention and treatment agency, held its 10th Annual Hallo-Wine Fall Festival recently at the Burnham House, a historic venue near Balboa Park.
High on a hill above Shelter Island at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in Point Loma is one of San Diego’s most magnificent estates. The home is hidden from view by mature trees and a sturdy wooden gate.
The University of San Diego announced that its Founders Gala held recently at the Jenny Craig Pavilion generated a record-setting $1.3 million for scholarships for deserving USD scholars and student who are veterans. Proceeds from the evening supported the Founders Endowed Scholarship Fund and established a new, endowed scholarship fund in the amount of $500,000 dedicated to USD student veterans.
In honor of Veterans Day and as part of AT&Ts Thank Our Heroes campaign, AT&T teamed up with nonprofit zero8hundred to recognize the serving active military families in the San Diego region with a contribution of $25,000.
The San Diego Chapter of Huntington’s Disease Society of America announced that a record $250,000 was raised at its 16th annual Celebration of Hope Gala held at the Pendry San Diego hotel in downtown San Diego.
BAE Systems employees in San Diego recently assisted Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas using its Geospatial eXploitation Products, or GXP, which are developed in San Diego as part of its Electronic Systems group. The BAE products provided geospatial intelligence and solutions to disaster response teams assisting victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage raised more than $50,000 for charity at its 11th annual Coldwell Banker Community Foundation Charity Golf Event held at the Crosby National Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe. Ten percent of the proceeds will be given to Balboa Naval Medical Center’s Children’s Hematology and Oncology Department.
The minimalist simplicity of the facade of the oceanfront home at 2932 Camino Del Mar in Del Mar is but an invitation to the architectural masterpiece behind its gated exterior.
In honor of World Food Day on Oct. 16, 2017, San Diego-based Project Concern International announced the expansion of its McGovern-Dole International Food for Education Program in Nicaragua. Thanks to a new award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the global nonprofit will provide 77,500 school children with daily school meals in some of Nicaragua’s most remote and vulnerable communities.
AMN Healthcare just returned back from its 5th annual mission trip to Guatemala, where the team has touched more than 16,000 people with its life changing efforts. This year, the focus was the disfiguring condition Strabismus, which creates a cross-eyed effect and is easily addressed through surgery. Strabismus does not affect the child’s brain or development otherwise, but they are rarely offered treatment.
Promises2Kids announced its continuing partnership with Southwest Airlines as its official airline. Since 2014, Southwest Airlines has been Promises2Kids airline and a community partner that has supported the entire agency, including sponsorships for Promises2Kids’ Junior Guardian Scholars program, and the Dream On Concert Gala.
The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce honored eight women during the 2017 Women in Leadership Luncheon, or WILL, awards at the Town and Country San Diego in Mission Valley recently. The keynote speaker was Jenny Amaraneni, co-founder and CEO of SOLO Eyewear. The event emcee was Lee Ann Kim, founder of the Pacific Arts Movement.
Many homes in San Diego County have an intriguing and important place in the history of the area. Few, however, have the lineage of 3664 Maria Lane in Carlsbad.
Mama’s Kitchen announced that it was selected as a “Nonprofit of the Year” at a celebration for California Nonprofits Day at the state Capitol in Sacramento. The San Diego-based nonprofit was honored alongside the other award recipients for its commitment to preparing and delivering three nutrition-specific meals a day, every day of the year, free of charge, to men, women and children affected by AIDS, cancer or other illnesses throughout San Diego County.
The Crosby, a gated golf community in Rancho Santa Fe, has a new lease on life. It was purchased out of bankruptcy in January 2017 by the South Korean golf and construction firm Bando Development Co. Ltd. The firm immediately invested millions in improvements with a commitment for future value-enhancing upgrades. On one of the largest lots on the far edge of the development is a custom, private cul-de-sac estate overlooking the ninth hole. The serene view over the infinity-edged pool reveals a breathtaking natural amphitheater of dramatic red rocks, native chaparral and the mountains beyond.
The San Diego County chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, one of the largest and most active U.S. chapters, announced that Costa Rican-based beer manufacturer Cerveza Imperial raised more than $10,000 for the foundation and the California Surf Museum. The $8,500 raised from the auction of four Aaron Chang surfboards is being added to the contribution Cerveza Imperial made earlier this summer to Surfrider Foundation’s project to rid the Tijuana River Valley and ocean at the border of pollutants. The additional $2,010 raised from donations at the event is going to the California Surf Museum.
The scale of development that is happening just a few miles west of Interstate 15 out Rancho Bernardo Road is stunning. Once past the fully developed 4S Ranch community, there is a proliferation of new housing development — some sold out, some in process. In addition, there’s new shopping centers, schools and community centers nearly all the way to the borders of Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch.
Feeding San Diego announced that through the Fuel for Summer campaign it raised $251,638, or the equivalent of more than one million meals, to provide critical support throughout the summer to ensure that kids and families received the nutrition they need to live healthy and productive lives.
More than 200 swimmers took to the UCSD Canyonview Aquatic Complex for 24 hours of swimming during the fourth annual Swim 24Challenge, a fundraiser for the Drowning Prevention Foundation of San Diego aka San Diego Junior Lifeguard Foundation.
One of the most beautiful beaches and prestigious residential areas in the county is the Del Mar Beach Colony. It’s that stretch of beach along the far northern end of Del Mar up to the border of Solana Beach. Home to movie stars, moguls and those prescient enough to have bought property there 20 years ago; it’s quintessential beach living.
Nearly 350 guests gathered to celebrate Home of Guiding Hands’ 43rd Annual Gala recently at the US Grant hotel to raise roughly $175,000 for more than 2,000 infants, adolescents, and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities throughout San Diego and Imperial counties.
Woven harmoniously into an amber sandstone hillside is a quintessential Herb Turner masterpiece in southern Del Mar. Turner — architect, artist and former Del Mar resident — built 18 single-family homes in Del Mar employing his overarching design philosophy known as “terramonics,” which is the harmonious integration of a house and its dwellers with the natural environment.
As part of its Maritime Month celebration, General Dynamics NASSCO invited local K-8 students residing or attending school in the Greater Logan Heights community to name the company’s newest tugboat.
Far removed from the main road, up a long driveway that weaves through acres of fragrant orange trees on one side and a brook on the other, the home known as Del Dios Ranch comes into view. Immediately, the sense that this home is unlike any other in the county is palpable.
The Elizabeth Hospice announced that it received the Disabled American Veterans Outstanding Midsize Employer of the Year during the 96th DAV National Convention in New Orleans.
The Scripps Mercy Outreach Surgical Team, or M.O.S.T., celebrated its 30th anniversary in style with a Mariachi Festival at Humphreys by the Bay.
Standing at the end of Daley Flat Road in Julian is an otherworldly experience. The serene, untamed landscape overlooks mountain ranges and valleys, stands of majestic old oaks and fields of wildflowers. Just more than an hour from the heart of downtown San Diego, there is no din from a distant city, no other structures are within view — nothing but silence and vast open spaces.
Friends of Balboa Park announced that the organization has acquired the historic Balboa Park carousel. The sale closed escrow on June 30, 2017, and will allow the nonprofit to maintain uninterrupted operation of the carousel. The purchase price was $1.6 million; fair market value was estimated at $2.6 million.
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Built with painstaking attention to the details of a quintessential Santa Barbara-style estate, this sea-bluff home is a serene enclave of stillness and expansive ocean views.
Oggi’s Sports Brewhouse|Pizza and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee LaDainian Tomlinson raised $30,000 at the 2nd Annual Oggi’s LaDainian Tomlinson Celebrity Golf Tournament held at Sycuan Golf Resort. Proceeds from the event benefit Tomlinson’s Touching Lives Foundation and its programs in Southern California, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego and the Angelman Syndrome Foundation.
The family home is more than just a street address, the right floor plan or the perfect yard. It’s a place where lifelong memories are created one day at a time, where triumphs are celebrated and challenges faced. But, most importantly, it’s a welcome refuge for friends and family from the frenetic pace of life.
The San Diego Police Foundation 2017 Friends of the Badge raised $137,000 at a luncheon held recently at the San Diego Convention Center.
Chula Vista Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, awarded a record $50,232 to three nonprofits at its 7th Annual Grants Celebration at the Barnhart Cancer Center.
High on a mountaintop above the congestion and chaos of San Diego County is a Zen-inspired masterpiece on Wild Willow Hollow Road in Escondido.
San Diego recently welcomed a new STEM Education facility, called the Center of Innovation, at the Ron Roberts Family Boys & Girls Club at 2230 E. Jewett. U.S. Rep. Scott Peters delivered the opening remarks. The new Center of Innovation is a partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Raytheon Co. and will provide young military dependents access to advanced technologies to stimulate creative approaches to STEM exploration. The new center will be one of 22 worldwide funded by Raytheon,
More than 300 people attended the fifth annual Serving Seniors’ “Experience of a Lifetime: Uncork Your Support” held recently at the Del Mar Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe.
The sea has its own landscape of sorts, different from the land in its shifting scenes of sky, clouds, wind and waves. Sometimes still, sometimes violent, it’s an ever-changing theater of light and shadow that speaks to the soul.
The 5th annual Drives for Rides golf tournament benefitting the Emilio Nares Foundation, a nonprofit that helps families navigate their child’s journey through cancer, was hosted by gap intelligence at the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course. The event included a golf tournament with raffles and a silent auction, followed by a dinner banquet, during which guests heard from a family helped by the Emilio Nares Foundation.
United Way of San Diego County’s first “Changing the Odds Community Breakfast” was held recently at the San Diego Convention Center.
The family-friendly town of Ramona in the heart of San Diego County is well-known for its miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. But in the past decade or so, Ramona has also established itself as a destination for wine lovers.
Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, marked its 10th year of giving at its Annual Grants Awards Celebration recently at the Carlsbad Flower Fields. Since 2008, the organization has granted more than $700,000 to 44 programs, improving the quality of life in Carlsbad. This year, CCF awarded $60,000 to Interfaith Community Services to support the new Interfaith Recovery and Wellness Center in Carlsbad.
If a house were to have a soul, the Canfield-Wright House in Del Mar, known locally as the “The Pink Lady,” would certainly be a candidate.
RighTime Home Services San Diego and ARS/Rescue Rooter San Diego have donated and performed free home comfort work to a veteran in need.
The Center for Community Solutions recently held its 18th Annual Tea and Tonic event at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. The sold-out crowd of more than 550 guests included local businesses, community leaders and philanthropists. The organization reported that preliminary event proceeds of more than $250,000 were raised to support its full range of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking intervention and prevention programs.
The National Conflict Resolution Center raised more than $500,000 at its 29th Annual Peacemaker Awards Dinner held at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine.
On the extreme eastern edge of Chula Vista is The Gates at the Woods, a distinctive and exclusive custom home community.
Organics Unlimited, a San Diego-based grower and importer of organic fruit, announced a grant of $170,000 to Project Amigo to assist with 2017 operations and projects. Through its GROW fund, Organics Unlimited donates a percentage of every organic banana sale back to the communities in rural Mexico and Ecuador where the fruit is grown.
Solutions for Change announced that it held a ceremony at the Vista Civic Center recently to recognize formerly homeless families who were able to regain control of their lives through the nonprofit’s programs.
Up a lovely tree-lined boulevard in Chula Vista on the eastern side of Interstate 805 is the upscale gated community of Rancho Del Rey Estates. One of two gated communities in the larger Rancho Del Rey area, the development sits high on a ridge with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains, city lights and the ocean.