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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. Seventy-five guests enjoyed food from Jeremy’s on the Hill, Urban Kitchen Catering that featured cuisine from Del Mar’s Cucina Enoteca and Gaglione Brothers from Encinitas.

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The San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation was approved for a Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grant of $29,000 by San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts and the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors. The money will help the nonprofit provide first responders with Personal Escape Systems or PES. These devices provide firefighters the ability to exit through an upper floor window in fewer than 30 seconds, should they become trapped or disoriented during interior fire operations. The current system can take up to 6 minutes. San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation provides first responders with the necessary funding to purchase critically needed equipment, technology, and training required to keep the property and citizens of San Diego and the surrounding region safe from the ravages of fire, natural disasters, and unforeseen injuries and illness. Visit sdfirerescue.org.

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San Diego nonprofit Fresh Start Surgical Gifts recently hosted its 24th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic at Morgan Run Club & Resort. Fresh Start raised $198,000, exceeding its goal. Donations from sponsors and attendees will fund Fresh Start’s medical program that benefits the nonprofit’s mission of transforming lives of disadvantaged infants, children and teens with physical deformities through the gift of reconstructive surgery and related health care services.

“One hundred percent of donations from our 24th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic will go toward the costs of surgery weekends and dental clinics we hold throughout the year,” said Fresh Start Director of Development Christina Curtin. “The amount raised will go a long way in transforming the lives of infants, children and teens with physical deformities.”

EDCO Vice President John Snyder represented his organization by playing in the golf tournament. EDCO served as the event’s title sponsor. Celebrities and professional athletes in attendance included Alfonso Ribeiro, host of “America’s Funniest Videos,” and former NFL running back and Hall of Fame player Marcus Allen.

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of East County announced more than $5.6 million has been raised toward a goal of $9.4 million for its “La Mesa Capital Campaign” fundraising effort. The effort includes construction of a 25,000-square-foot clubhouse on the campus of La Mesa Arts Academy, previously known as La Mesa Middle School. BGCEC officials said recent donations have been received from the following: the Justo family, owners of ASI Hastings Heating Air and Solar; San Diego Las Hermanas; the Tipton family; James and Christine Renner, owners of Inland Pacific Commercial Properties; and the La Mesa Women’s Club.

Additionally, the City of La Mesa said it recently received a $1.9 million grant from the California Department of Transportation to improve sidewalks, improve traffic circulation and add a high-visibility crosswalk at Lowell Street and Junior High Drive, an intersection leading to the middle school campus and the BGCEC facilities. The grant includes 4.8 miles of bicycle and pedestrian paths linking the west La Mesa neighborhood’s schools, including La Mesa Arts Academy, Helix Charter High School and La Mesa Dale Elementary School to parks, bike paths, transit and other key community destinations.

“Of the $9.4 million goal for the capital campaign, we have received total pledges of $5.6 million plus an in-kind donation in grading services valued at about $200,000,” said Forrest Higgins, CEO of BGCEC. “So, we have about $3.7 million remaining.”

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

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