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Gala Continues Its Winning Ways in Helping Challenged Athletes

The San Diego-based Challenged Athletes Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary of A Celebration of Heroes, Heart and Hope Gala. More than 900 people attended the event at the Waldorf Astoria New York. During the last nine years, the New York gala has raised more than $11.2 million to help fulfill the organization’s mission. Funds raised at events have allowed CAF to raise more than $73 million in its 23-year history and satisfy more than 13,000 grant requests from physically challenged athletes in all 50 states and more than 32 countries.

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Forget the Road, You’ll Want to Stay Put at The Crosby

Named after the great crooner and Academy Award winner Bing Crosby, “The Crosby” is a private, golf-course community about five miles east of downtown Rancho Santa Fe. The streets, such as Irish Eyes Lane, White Christmas Court and Danny Boy Road, are a daily reminder to residents of Crosby’s legacy in the area. Crosby was a founding partner of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and former owner of the historic Osuna Ranch in Rancho Santa Fe among other real estate holdings.

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Teen Sets Great Example as She Puts All Her Heart Into Helping

Make-A-Wish San Diego and San Diego Habitat for Humanity came together to make an inspiring young teen’s wish come true. Julia, a senior at Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, was an MVP on the varsity volleyball team and had visited the Dominican Republic last summer to build homes for families in need and was immediately hooked on giving back. She had plans to make a similar trip again this year, but in November, she was diagnosed with cancer that prevents travel.

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HUFC Fundraising Gala Helps Children Around the World

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.

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Nature Is a Very Good Neighbor in This Serene Setting

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.

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Foundation Funds Groups on Front Lines of Helping Military

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.

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Artistic Vision

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.

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Gift to Rescue Mission Adds to the Hope, Comfort It Provides

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.

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Encinitas Homes Build On the Style, Charm of City’s Past

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.

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Charity Gala Gives At-Risk Kids the Support Needed to Succeed

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.

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