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Golf Becomes a Team Sport at Drives For Rides Tournament

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.

The event exceeded its fundraising goal of $50,000 and raised $57,650, which will provide 1,153 rides for ENF’s Ride With Emilio transportation program, which ensures that no child misses life-saving cancer treatment due to lack of transportation. Ride With Emilio travels more than 100,000 miles each year to provide 4,250 free, hygienic rides to and from cancer treatments for patients and their accompanying family members. The event was attended by 134 golfers.

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Philanthropist Madeleine Pickens, Co-Chair Dominique Plewes and the Del Mar Country Club have announced that more than $1.4 million was raised at a benefit recently to support the SEAL Family Foundation.

This year’s fundraiser, sponsored by American Airlines, Simpson Motors, Kern & Co., Bumble Bee Tuna, Wells Fargo, NetJets, Douglas Allred Co., Pamplemousse Grille, Innovative Capital, and others, attracted 125 golfers and 400 attendees at the annual Scramble Golf Tournament.

This event recognized and thanked the Naval Special Warfare community and their families for their military service, and honored their fallen heroes.

Medal of Honor recipient Lieutenant (SEAL) Michael Thornton, USN (Ret), kicked off the golf tournament. The evening featured keynote speaker Capt. Richard Phillips, who was rescued from the of Somali pirates by Navy SEALs in 2009 and was portrayed by Tom Hanks in the 2013 film “Captain Phillips,” and guest speaker Tomi Lahren, a conservative internet talk show host. The evening’s honored guests were Thornton and Medal of Honor recipient Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward C. Byers Jr.

William R. Fenick, executive director of the SEAL Family Foundation thanked Pickens and Plewes for their dedication to our service members. “We raised valuable awareness and funds to help with our family-focused programs … And in these uncertain times we want to do our part to ensure the Naval Special Warfare Family is ready.”

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Scripps Health announced its 26th annual Spinoff Gala held recently raised more than $1.2 million to benefit the new Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center. Some 500 guests attended the sold-out event at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, which featured live and silent auctions, live music and gourmet dining.

Scripps Health and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center last year announced a partnership to create Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center, a comprehensive and clinically integrated cancer care program in San Diego that will provide adult cancer patients greater access to the most advanced oncology care available. Work to establish the Scripps MD Anderson Cancer center is now underway.

The partnership is part of MD Anderson Cancer Network, a global collaborative network of hospitals and health care systems dedicated to MD Anderson’s mission to end cancer globally.

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Blindsgalore a women-owned e-commerce for custom window coverings, blinds and shades announced a continuous partnership with San Diego Habitat for Humanity, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. As part of the partnership, Blindsgalore supplies San Diego Habitat for Humanity with donations of customer-returned blinds and shades on an ongoing basis.

Since September of 2016, Blindsgalore has donated an average of eighty blinds and shades per month to Habitat, and more than 500 blinds and shades to date. Donations will go toward both specific home building and repairing projects, as well as to Habitat’s ReStore to be sold in support of its mission. The center relies primarily on donations to make it work and support local families. 

Blindsgalore plans to continue donating 100 percent of all customer-returned products to San Diego Habitat for Humanity.

Send Kudos/Giving items to sglidden@sdbj.com.

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