During a three-day period last month, Shoal Creek Elementary students in Poway collected $1,000 in donations for San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House as part of the charity’s Red Shoe Crew program. To foster a sense of kindness and charity among school-aged children, students participating in the Red Shoe Crew program help educate their peers on the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego’s mission.
It was a passion for preservation and a sense of place that created Heritage Place in La Jolla — a charming collection of three historic cottages in La Jolla’s Barber Tract neighborhood.
Scripps Mercy Hospital celebrated the institution’s three decades of lifesaving trauma care at the annual Mercy Ball recently at the The Pendry hotel in downtown San Diego. Nearly 500 supporters attended the sold-out event that raised $700,000 to benefit the Scripps Mercy San Diego Trauma Center patients on both campuses, including the purchase of cutting-edge technology for head and spine trauma surgery in Hillcrest and the remodel fund for Chula Vista’s Triage Center.
This modern beach house on the sand in Del Mar defines the California beach lifestyle. The entire facade of the two-story home is large panels of glass that frame the priceless view. No opportunity to revel in the broad expanse of white sand and the vastness of the sea was wasted on architectural features that might obscure the view. The warmth of the sun pours in by day; the moon glimmers on the water by night. Designed by local award-winning architects, Batter Kay Associates, the home is the consummate example of the creative use of space to enhance an environment.
The David C. Copley Foundation, formerly known as the Helen K. and James S. Copley Foundation, has awarded $12,000 to the San Diego Center for Children. The funding will allow the center to cover any expenses related to the Intensive Reading Improvement Program, including staff, materials and curriculum.
The San Diego American Indian Health Center held a ribbon cutting recently to celebrate the acquisition of the buildings that house its current location plus an additional building immediately north of the clinic that is designated for expansion of the organization. The ribbon cutting kicked off the capital campaign to raise an estimated $11 million for the renovation and expansion that will double SDAIHC’s capacity.
Just two miles from downtown Rancho Santa Fe and six miles from the beach is Buena Vista Farms, an exclusive 15-and-a-half-acre equestrian estate atop a peaceful oasis of exquisite Covenant land. Mature groves of lemon and olive trees, along with native California pepper trees, obscure the home from the road.
Two years ago, three La Jolla High School students formed Clean for a Cause, a nonprofit to recycle plastic, aluminum, and glass at CRV redemption centers and donates funds raised from those recyclables. During this time, Cause has recycled approximately two tons of material. Led by Mason Matalon, a senior at LJHS, Clean for a Cause announced that it has made its first donation to San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad announced that it has offered its gym free of charge to Ethan Hope, an enterprising young man with a big heart.
The original developers of the master-planned community of Santaluz were ahead of their time when they began development in the late 1990s with environmental stewardship as its fundamental principle.
At the southernmost tip of Del Mar a secluded home sits atop an ancient sandstone cliff 100 feet above the sea. Insulated from all other residences nearby, it overlooks the coastline southward to Torrey Pines State Beach and the tip of La Jolla. In the distance hang gliders drift in the wind, pods of whales journey by and dolphins frolic in the surf as the mesmerizing seasons of the sea progress. Cocooned into a cove of sandstone cliffs, the home is a singular masterpiece that weaves luxury, architecture and seclusion into one transcendent tapestry.
Helen Woodward Animal Center announced it put on its Sixth Annual Doggie Gras Parade that showcases its “orphaned” pets by marching into the farmers market in Rancho Santa Fe. The event invited participants to support animal rescue “Mardi Gras-style” by creating colorful costumes and parade floats for the participating animals.
San Ysidro Health Center, a local nonprofit organization providing high quality, compassionate, accessible and affordable health care services for all, has announced a new name and brand identity and is now San Ysidro Health.
San Diego County has an extraordinary mix of distinctive residential environments; the choices of how and where to live are diverse. Among the choices are beaches, mountains, valleys, farmland and desert communities.
The San Diego Workforce Partnership announced that it received the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Trailblazer Award from the National Association of Workforce Boards, the membership organization and advocate for more than 550 workforce development boards nationwide and their network of American Job Centers.
Arhaus LLC, a nationwide home furnishings company, donated $16,921 to Promises2Kids. Arhaus selected Promises2Kids as its charity of choice to receive 10 percent of sales during its recent grand opening event at Westfield UTC.
When Richard Henry Dana Jr. landed in San Diego in the mid-1830s, he wrote about his experience as a merchant seaman in his classic memoir “Two Years Before the Mast.” Upon arriving at the harbor mouth in Point Loma, Dana wrote: “...we had a large and well-wooded headland directly before us, behind which lay the little harbor of San Diego.”
A quest for untapped potential is the driving force behind this Hamptons-style residence on the southwestern edge of the Muirlands neighborhood in La Jolla. As part of its Signature Series of residential homes, award-winning builder Zephyr challenged the boundaries of traditional thinking by rotating the footprint of the previous home to maximize the panoramic views that span from Dana Point to Mexico. This spacious, light-filled home is an impeccable fusion of classic East Coast styling with the luxury of California indoor/outdoor living.
Las Patronas, a La Jolla-based nonprofit, announced it awarded a $16,657 grant to the San Diego Center for Children Academy’s expansion project.
With the rumble of the racetrack to the east and the soothing sound of waves lapping the shore just a few steps to the west, this Craftsman-style home is the personification of life in the Beach Colony of Del Mar.
Philanthropist T. Denny Sanford announced during a San Diego Zoo employee meeting in January that he is making a $30 million donation — the largest single gift the San Diego Zoo has ever received.
Feeding San Diego announced that $1,055,634, equating to 4,222,536 meals, was raised during the fifth annual Month of a Million Meals campaign in partnership with ABC10 and Live Well San Diego.
Jewish Family Service of San Diego’s Hand Up Food Pantry was awarded “Best Choice Pantry” for its Corner Market at the 2017 San Diego County Hunger Conference. Each year, the Hunger Conference, hosted by the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, convenes to discuss how to stop hunger in San Diego County, focusing on collaborative approaches, unified efforts and prioritizing those served.
Nearly 500 kids had something to unwrap for Christmas thanks to the San Diego Bike Club and the participants in their annual toy ride.
This singular contemporary estate — seven years in the making — materialized from the unparalleled creativity of two trailblazers in architecture and engineering.
Wishes Across America, which is connected to the Macy’s Believe campaign benefitting Make-A-Wish Foundation, announced that during Macy’s 10th annual Believe campaign a wish was granted to special young girl.
Just a heartbeat — four tenths of a mile to be exact — from the heart of downtown Rancho Santa Fe is a striking contemporary single-level estate that breaks the mold of the standard ranch-style home that is typical of the area.
The Maritime Museum of San Diego announced that it teamed up with Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High to create prototypes for hands-on children’s exhibits that demonstrate the physics of sailing, science behind navigation and simple maritime machines.
Home Start Inc., a nonprofit child abuse prevention and treatment agency, held its 10th Annual Hallo-Wine Fall Festival recently at the Burnham House, a historic venue near Balboa Park.
On the southwestern edge of Rancho Santa Fe, hidden from view off a quiet tree-lined street is the “Angel House.” The charming Spanish Colonial-style home was designed in 1930 by prolific local architect, Lilian Rice. The long sweeping driveway climbs upward toward a full acre of lavish gardens and beguiling vistas. The inviting storybook home comes into view. The arched wood and glass front doors, flanked by original stained-glass windows, beckon from under a covered veranda. The modernized interior is woven into its historic roots and evokes a sense of permanence and peace.
The University of San Diego announced that its Founders Gala held recently at the Jenny Craig Pavilion generated a record-setting $1.3 million for scholarships for deserving USD scholars and student who are veterans. Proceeds from the evening supported the Founders Endowed Scholarship Fund and established a new, endowed scholarship fund in the amount of $500,000 dedicated to USD student veterans.
High on a hill above Shelter Island at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in Point Loma is one of San Diego’s most magnificent estates. The home is hidden from view by mature trees and a sturdy wooden gate.
In honor of Veterans Day and as part of AT&Ts Thank Our Heroes campaign, AT&T teamed up with nonprofit zero8hundred to recognize the serving active military families in the San Diego region with a contribution of $25,000.
The San Diego Chapter of Huntington’s Disease Society of America announced that a record $250,000 was raised at its 16th annual Celebration of Hope Gala held at the Pendry San Diego hotel in downtown San Diego.
BAE Systems employees in San Diego recently assisted Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas using its Geospatial eXploitation Products, or GXP, which are developed in San Diego as part of its Electronic Systems group. The BAE products provided geospatial intelligence and solutions to disaster response teams assisting victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage raised more than $50,000 for charity at its 11th annual Coldwell Banker Community Foundation Charity Golf Event held at the Crosby National Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe. Ten percent of the proceeds will be given to Balboa Naval Medical Center’s Children’s Hematology and Oncology Department.
The minimalist simplicity of the facade of the oceanfront home at 2932 Camino Del Mar in Del Mar is but an invitation to the architectural masterpiece behind its gated exterior.
In honor of World Food Day on Oct. 16, 2017, San Diego-based Project Concern International announced the expansion of its McGovern-Dole International Food for Education Program in Nicaragua. Thanks to a new award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the global nonprofit will provide 77,500 school children with daily school meals in some of Nicaragua’s most remote and vulnerable communities.
AMN Healthcare just returned back from its 5th annual mission trip to Guatemala, where the team has touched more than 16,000 people with its life changing efforts. This year, the focus was the disfiguring condition Strabismus, which creates a cross-eyed effect and is easily addressed through surgery. Strabismus does not affect the child’s brain or development otherwise, but they are rarely offered treatment.
Promises2Kids announced its continuing partnership with Southwest Airlines as its official airline. Since 2014, Southwest Airlines has been Promises2Kids airline and a community partner that has supported the entire agency, including sponsorships for Promises2Kids’ Junior Guardian Scholars program, and the Dream On Concert Gala.
The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce honored eight women during the 2017 Women in Leadership Luncheon, or WILL, awards at the Town and Country San Diego in Mission Valley recently. The keynote speaker was Jenny Amaraneni, co-founder and CEO of SOLO Eyewear. The event emcee was Lee Ann Kim, founder of the Pacific Arts Movement.
Many homes in San Diego County have an intriguing and important place in the history of the area. Few, however, have the lineage of 3664 Maria Lane in Carlsbad.
Mama’s Kitchen announced that it was selected as a “Nonprofit of the Year” at a celebration for California Nonprofits Day at the state Capitol in Sacramento. The San Diego-based nonprofit was honored alongside the other award recipients for its commitment to preparing and delivering three nutrition-specific meals a day, every day of the year, free of charge, to men, women and children affected by AIDS, cancer or other illnesses throughout San Diego County.
The Crosby, a gated golf community in Rancho Santa Fe, has a new lease on life. It was purchased out of bankruptcy in January 2017 by the South Korean golf and construction firm Bando Development Co. Ltd. The firm immediately invested millions in improvements with a commitment for future value-enhancing upgrades. On one of the largest lots on the far edge of the development is a custom, private cul-de-sac estate overlooking the ninth hole. The serene view over the infinity-edged pool reveals a breathtaking natural amphitheater of dramatic red rocks, native chaparral and the mountains beyond.
The San Diego County chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, one of the largest and most active U.S. chapters, announced that Costa Rican-based beer manufacturer Cerveza Imperial raised more than $10,000 for the foundation and the California Surf Museum. The $8,500 raised from the auction of four Aaron Chang surfboards is being added to the contribution Cerveza Imperial made earlier this summer to Surfrider Foundation’s project to rid the Tijuana River Valley and ocean at the border of pollutants. The additional $2,010 raised from donations at the event is going to the California Surf Museum.
The scale of development that is happening just a few miles west of Interstate 15 out Rancho Bernardo Road is stunning. Once past the fully developed 4S Ranch community, there is a proliferation of new housing development — some sold out, some in process. In addition, there’s new shopping centers, schools and community centers nearly all the way to the borders of Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch.
Feeding San Diego announced that through the Fuel for Summer campaign it raised $251,638, or the equivalent of more than one million meals, to provide critical support throughout the summer to ensure that kids and families received the nutrition they need to live healthy and productive lives.
More than 200 swimmers took to the UCSD Canyonview Aquatic Complex for 24 hours of swimming during the fourth annual Swim 24Challenge, a fundraiser for the Drowning Prevention Foundation of San Diego aka San Diego Junior Lifeguard Foundation.
One of the most beautiful beaches and prestigious residential areas in the county is the Del Mar Beach Colony. It’s that stretch of beach along the far northern end of Del Mar up to the border of Solana Beach. Home to movie stars, moguls and those prescient enough to have bought property there 20 years ago; it’s quintessential beach living.
Nearly 350 guests gathered to celebrate Home of Guiding Hands’ 43rd Annual Gala recently at the US Grant hotel to raise roughly $175,000 for more than 2,000 infants, adolescents, and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities throughout San Diego and Imperial counties.