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Nonprofit Profile , La Jolla Festival of the Arts

Produced by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Club

Chris Farquar, President


Mission of organization: To provide the highest quality arts and entertainment experience for our patrons, guests and participants in support of recreational and educational programs for San Diegans with disabilities.

Telephone: (858) 456-1268.

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Web site: www.lajollaartfestival.org.

Founded: 1982.

Milestone: The 20th La Jolla Festival of the Arts was held in 2006, when the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Club was named Catalyst of the Year. A City Council resolution proclaimed Oct. 12, 2006, “Kiwanis of Torrey Pines Day.”

Annual income: $250,000.

Expense allocation: $150,000.

Corporate support includes: San Diego Volvo and Volvo Cars of North America, America West Airlines, San Diego County Chrysler Jeep dealers, San Diego Gas & Electric Co., Lundstrom + Associates, Fighting Chair Sports, San Diego Firefighters, SeaWorld Adventure Park, the Assil Institute, Time Warner Cable Inc., Westfield Shoppingtown UTC, Costco Wholesale, Dr. Gary Nobel, and Coastal Community Newspapers.

Board chairs: LJFA Foundation President Pat Rippetoe and Torrey Pines Kiwanis President Chris Farquar.

Board members: Ten LJFA Foundation board members and 13 Torrey Pines Kiwanis board members.

Employees: None.

Volunteers: There are 46 active members/volunteers, and 150 nonmember volunteers for the festival.

Event: La Jolla Festival of the Arts.

Wish list: More corporate sponsorship.


Recent challenges: Trying to sell our Matisse guitar and trying to get a signed contract from UC San Diego for the 2007 festival.

Measures of success: Record funding dollars and a growing endowment. History of 21 successful festivals and 24 years of supporting disabled sports programs.

Smartest move: Adding women to our membership base.

Missed opportunity: I don’t believe we have missed any opportunities.

Misconception: We are just a group of retired men. Our membership and involvement stretch far beyond that misconception.


Personal path to nonprofit work: At 30 years old I was rendered a paraplegic due to a motocross accident. A year post-injury I was sent to a snow ski school by Torrey Pines Kiwanis, where I picked up the adapted sport in a few hours. I have been hooked ever since. The experience changed the way I felt about my new life situation and inspired me to reach for the sky again. I feel it is important that I make the same kind of thing happen for others so I became a member of the group. This year, I am serving as president of the club.

Toughest aspect: Getting someone to chair the next festival.

Most surprising aspect: Hearing stories from the parents of children that we have helped support and how their family members have changed after being a part of our programs.

Biggest pain: None to date.

Greatest pleasures: Seeing the smiles of joy on the faces of our beneficiaries, especially the kids. Seeing those who go through our programs thrive.


Best recent moments: Hearing Sara Cantor’s speech at the Community Catalyst event. Having three great ladies join Torrey Pines Kiwanis as new members in one month.

Worst recent moment: Hot, humid days at the 2006 festival, which hurt attendance.

Dream for another life: Finding a cure for paralysis. I’d give anything to feel hot beach sand between my toes again.

Greatest inspiration: The stories of our program recipients on how our programs have changed their lives.

Downtime: Waiting for UCSD to sign the 2007 La Jolla Festival of the Arts contract.

Causes: Working to improve the lives of San Diegans with disabilities.

Most like to meet: Dave Spencer, founder of the Durango adaptive snow ski program.

, Compiled by Stacey Bengtson


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