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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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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Above a series of natural rock ledges along an inviting sandy beach is an architectural masterpiece by Encinitas-based architect Don Edson.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Record attendance marked the San Diego Police Foundation’s 6th Annual Women in Blue Luncheon at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront recently.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
About 40 miles north of San Diego, west of Interstate 15 off state Route 76, is the small community of Bonsall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Living Coast Discovery Center, a nonprofit zoo/aquarium on San Diego Bay in Chula Vista, is one of 186 sites selected to receive a 2016 field trip grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks.
The Cox Cares Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to San Diego-based Guitars in the Classroom, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of education for all students by expanding the role of music in learning.
One of the most recognizable photographs of San Diego on TV and in print is the one that spans out over the San Diego Yacht Club across the bay to the city. Some of the shots were taken in brilliant sunshine with clear blue skies and the city skyline off in the distance and others at dusk with stunning bay views and city lights.
The San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative, a grant program of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation, awarded more than $215,000 to 11 local nonprofits in support of ending new HIV infections and to underwrite critical services for women, men, and youth affected by HIV/AIDS.
Make-A-Wish San Diego recently created an exclusive President’s Circle to help make every wish come true for San Diego children diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Currently, one in three medically eligible children in San Diego has not been granted a wish.
es to everything and Point Loma is no exception. On the west side of the hilly peninsula there are dramatic sandstone cliffs high above the ocean known as Sunset Cliffs. The east side slopes toward San Diego Bay with homes right to the water’s edge.
The New Children’s Museum announced that it has received $30,000 from longtime supporter San Diego Gas & Electric for two key efforts: $15,000 for the Museum’s Garden Project in the Children’s Park and $15,000 for Salute our Troops military efforts.
At one of the highest elevations in the La Costa area of Carlsbad is a contemporary Mediterranean masterpiece. The property has a front row seat to nature’s daily display with floor to ceiling panoramic ocean and lagoon views from each living space. The experience is an exhilarating and uninterrupted connection with the Pacific, lagoon and painted skies.
A strange thing happened to Poway Mayor Steve Vaus as he waited in the green room of a local TV station to promote the 25th year of his charity Carols by Candlelight — he fell in love. Also there that day from the Helen Woodward Animal Center for his television appearance was 2-month-old Sleigh, a border collie/Labrador retriever mix.
Most people who live in or visit La Jolla don’t drive through the Muirlands to get anywhere — unless, of course, you’re a resident. One of La Jolla’s largest neighborhoods, Muirlands is also among the most sought after for this very reason.
The San Diego Regional Fire Foundation presented $177,000 in grants to 10 San Diego County fire agencies that provide protection and emergency response.
A walk along the tree-lined sidewalks of the meandering streets in Mission Hills is like going back in time. Close your eyes for a moment and you might think you hear the sound of a streetcar rattling up the hill.
Serving Seniors, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping seniors in poverty live healthy and fulfilling lives, served its 10 millionth meal with the help of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and county Supervisor Ron Roberts. Forty percent of San Diego seniors have to choose between rent and food due to ongoing state and federal budget cuts, according to the nonprofit. The nonprofit provides nearly 600,000 meals each year to its clients, as well as delivers “wrap-around” wellness services, to take care of senior health, mental health, advocacy and housing needs.
The Foundation for the Children of the Californias announced that the Concert for the Kids, held at Santaluz, raised more than $665,000.
Girl Scouts San Diego’s 18th annual fundraiser, Urban Campout: Island Treasures, raised $385,000 to keep Girl Scouting available and affordable for 40,000 girl and adult members. A portion of the proceeds is earmarked for construction of a new cabin at Girl Scouts’ Balboa Campus. Karen Benito and Denise Scott co-chaired the event and Taylor Baldwin and Elizabeth Dewberry were honorary co-chairs. Qualcomm Inc. was the lead sponsor. San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, a Girl Scouts board member, and Councilman Todd Gloria participated in the program.
Starry Starry Night, Voices for Children’s signature gala, had a record-breaking year, raising $1.37 million for foster children in San Diego County.
It took some pluck and vision to build the Meridian — downtown San Diego’s first luxury high-rise condominium tower. Apparently, that is what developer Walter Alex Smyk had an abundance of as he pushed forward through multiple obstacles to get it done.
The San Diego Police Foundation’s fourth annual Gold Shield Gala recently honored police dogs and their officers as “superheroes.”
The La Costa 35 Athletic Club, a local nonprofit, hosted its 5th Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad. Since its first tourney, the program has more than doubled in attendance and raised more than $100,000. Tournament Director Rob Holzman said there were 20 poker tables, 180 players and net proceeds of more than $45,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad — a record.