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.
More than 500 supporters of Scripps Mercy Hospital recently celebrated the 45th annual Mercy Ball at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina. The event raised more than $465,000 for cancer care at Scripps Mercy Hospital, which has campuses in San Diego and Chula Vista.
Overlooking the San Diego skyline, harbor and ocean to the south, this classic Santa Barbara coastal home beckons from beyond its heavy wooden gate. A large circular drive leads to the entry of the red-tiled roof and white stucco walls of the newly built estate. The arched doorways in the interior lead through expansive, light-filled rooms of dark wood flooring, wood-beamed ceilings adorned with wrought-iron chandeliers, stair risers with multihued painted tiles and the priceless sense of peace and serenity from a bygone era.
The Jewish Family Service of San Diego was awarded more than $19,600 by the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to create a special training room that will allow the agency’s Employment and Career Services department to provide job preparation and training services. The training room will be a resource for low-income San Diegans and will include new computer equipment, training materials and supplies.
The Rancho Encantada area in San Diego is a 2,658-acre community east of Interstate 15 out Pomerado Road and east of Scripps Ranch. The area is notable for its distinctive weathered ridges and deep canyons that range in elevation from 600 feet in the west to 1,777 feet in the northeast.
The Academy of Our Lady of Peace hosted its Third Annual Women’s Symposium recently at its historic campus on Oregon Street in San Diego. More than 250 community guests joined the entire student body at OLP to experience this day of women’s empowerment. Funds raised will support the OLP Alumnae Scholarship Fund for students.
The Moonlight Angels Auxiliary presented a check to the Moonlight Cultural Foundation for $41,597.42 as a result of the auxiliary’s fundraising efforts in 2016. The Moonlight Angels 2016 co-presidents, Barbara Meech and Becky Kwock, presented the check to Moonlight Cultural Foundation CEO Toria Watson, and 2017 Co-President Jeff Pashby, who is managing shareholder at The Lund Team Inc. The funds directly benefit Moonlight Cultural Foundation’s arts programs, including the City of Vista’s award-winning Moonlight Stage Productions and Moonlight Youth Theatre with the mission to keep theater arts thriving in Southern California.
There are only a few spots in San Diego County where there are unobstructed views of the southern coastline, downtown San Diego, Mission Bay and beyond. On the southernmost edge of La Jolla, sandwiched between La Jolla Alta to the east and Muirlands to the west, is La Jolla Mesa, where many of the homes have heart-stopping views. The winding, steep drive up La Jolla Mesa Boulevard showcases some of La Jolla’s most distinctive properties.
Susan G. Komen San Diego announced that its “Screens, Genes & the Choices We Make” symposium held recently at the San Diego Marriott Del Mar hotel raised $210,000.
Private gates open to a sweeping, split driveway that curves around a riding arena to reveal an elegant equestrian estate overlooking the San Dieguito Reservoir. Set on 4.5 level acres, the Weir Bros. custom home is the model of the finest in European elegance paired with the casual sophistication of Southern California living. A lush outdoor oasis merges the luxury of land with peaceful privacy. A well-appointed, five-stall horse barn and a car enthusiast’s nine-car dream garage complete the ultimate portrait of Rancho Santa Fe living.
The San Diego Police Foundation gathered San Diego business and community leaders to celebrate and honor female law enforcement leaders at the 2017 Women in Blue Luncheon presented by ESET.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego kicked off its 75th Anniversary celebration with a book release event and the premiere of the club’s new anniversary website at SDYouth75.org recently at the William J. Oakes Branch in Logan Heights. Author Marilyn Campbell, prominent alumni featured in the book, current club members, and current BGCGSD staff and board members attended the event.
Helen Woodward Animal Center held its Fifth Annual Doggie Gras Parade to support its mission of promoting the rescue of abandoned animals from shelters. The event was held at the Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market in the Del Rayo Village Shopping Center in Rancho Santa Fe.
Off of Del Dios Highway on the far northeastern edge of the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant is Cielo, a 1,740-acre private community. The terrain is some of the most dramatic in San Diego County. The community is set among ancient arroyos and soaring peaks of more than 1,400 feet with sweeping views to the Pacific Ocean, including the Coronado Islands, San Clemente Island, Lake Hodges and Palomar Mountain.
The MUFG Union Bank Foundation announced that it donated $50,000 to nonprofit Defy Ventures to bring its successful “CEO of Your New Life” program to San Diego County’s Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility.
Built more than a century ago by John D. Spreckels, San Diego’s richest man at the time, this iconic Coronado beachfront family compound remained in the Spreckels family until 1970. Newly remodeled, the Italian Renaissance-style, concrete and steel-reinforced home is on three contiguous beachfront lots with three separate living quarters and 180-degree views of the ocean. It is a matchless San Diego property representing the best of the past and the indomitable spirit of the future.
Padres Pedal the Cause presented a check for $2,031,989 to researchers from Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Rady Children’s Hospital–San Diego. Padres Pedal the Cause Executive Director Anne Marbarger presented the check during a gathering of more than 100 beneficiary representatives, San Diego business leaders, as well as top donors and fundraisers. The award represents the total amount raised by the organization’s 2016 cycling event.
Imagine if hidden among the crowded freeways and hustle and bustle of San Diego County there was a place to come home to that was a secluded, quiet compound overlooking a serene lake.
The Grossmont Healthcare District has awarded a $10,000 grant to License to Freedom, an El Cajon-based nonprofit that assists Middle Eastern refugees and immigrants with cultural assimilation and health education.
SuperFood Drive, a San Diego-based nonprofit, announced a partnership with Sharp HealthCare to emphasize the importance of giving nutritious, sustaining foods to the county’s food insecure. Sharp HealthCare has supported the San Diego Food Bank through holiday food drives for many years. This year, Sharp decided to take it a step further by encouraging nonperishable food donations which are not just filling but also highly nutritious.
There are many appealing aspects to living in the community of Rancho Santa Fe, chief among them is the Village of Rancho Santa Fe. Right in the center of the 10-mile square community, the commercial district is filled with shops, restaurants, schools and other conveniences for its residents. Far from the hustle and bustle of the nearby beach communities, the Village is a charming and inviting place.
Feeding San Diego announced that it raised more $700,371, equating to 2,801,000 meals, in partnership with ABC10, sister station Azteca San Diego 15 and Live Well San Diego during the fourth annual Month of a Million Meals campaign. Exceeding the original goal by more than 1,800,000 meals, the 2016 holiday push included a live telethon and support from several local celebrities. San Diegans donated food, time and funds to support the 1 in 8 San Diegans, including 1 in 5 children, struggling with hunger.
Designed by San Diego architect Wallace Cunningham, this sculptural, three-dimensional home sits atop an earthen pedestal overlooking the lush valleys and hillsides beyond. A series of structural fin walls are separated by seamless glass, skylights and clerestories that create a serene pattern of light and shadow in the interior. Designed to optimize the views and create complete privacy, this home is an incomparable masterpiece of light and space.
Walden Family Services honored longtime champions Harley and Maryanne Sefton with the inaugural Fostering Hearts Legacy Award recently during the group’s Wine D’Vine, which drew 350 business and community leaders and raised more than $675,000 for the nonprofit’s foster care, adoption and parent training programs.
The luxury real estate market in San Diego County for single-family homes of more than $1 million ended the year with slightly more homes sold in 2016 compared with 2015, according to a year-end report by the San Diego Association of Realtors. Eleven cities had a median price of more than $1 million in 2016, and combined, sold 2,473 homes versus 2,412 in 2015 or 61 more homes.
The La Costa 35 Athletic Club, a local nonprofit, hosted its 6th Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament recently to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad.
Employees from General Dynamics NASSCO delivered nearly 8,000 diapers to the San Diego Food Bank’s newly created “Diaper Bank.” The Diaper Bank was created in partnership with Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, who recently collected more than 65,000 diapers to assist families in need. Gonzalez was at the Food Bank to assist with the delivery of more than 40 boxes of diapers.
High along a ridge overlooking the San Dieguito River Valley, the ocean and the rolling hills to the north is Vista Bella II, a small community of four new homes with an innovative, fresh design.
Childhood cancer patients at Rady Children’s Hospital received an inspirational opportunity to announce a victory milestone in their battles against cancer.
On the far northern edge of Olde Del Mar is a magnificent seaside villa with awe-inspiring views of the Pacific Ocean and the Del Mar racetrack. Once inside the gated entry, the home is a sanctuary of secluded privacy. The elegantly appointed estate was built with meticulous attention to detail and quality of craftsmanship throughout. The oversized parcel features a large grassy area, flagstone patios and a vanishing edge pool and spa that seem to blend into the sea beyond.
Organizers of a sock drive for area homeless youth blew through their goal of 5,000 and raised 23,245 pairs of socks — enough for virtually every homeless child in San Diego County.
The Upper Hermosa is a curious horseshoe-shaped community on the southern edge of La Jolla just north of Birdrock and to the east of La Jolla Boulevard. The area features a variety of architectural styles, some dating back to the late 1920s.
Wells Fargo & Co. announced a total of $500,000 in donations for six local nonprofits that will help revitalize San Diego neighborhoods through the Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT program.
Gentle Dental, a dental provider with 11 locations in San Diego County, participated in the 2016 Halloween candy give-back program with Operation Gratitude.
The seaside resort town of Del Mar is just 1.8 square miles, but within its boundaries are some of the most architecturally significant and interesting homes in San Diego County.
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.
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.