At one of the highest elevations in the La Costa area of Carlsbad is a contemporary Mediterranean masterpiece. The property has a front row seat to nature’s daily display with floor to ceiling panoramic ocean and lagoon views from each living space. The experience is an exhilarating and uninterrupted connection with the Pacific, lagoon and painted skies.
A strange thing happened to Poway Mayor Steve Vaus as he waited in the green room of a local TV station to promote the 25th year of his charity Carols by Candlelight — he fell in love. Also there that day from the Helen Woodward Animal Center for his television appearance was 2-month-old Sleigh, a border collie/Labrador retriever mix.
Most people who live in or visit La Jolla don’t drive through the Muirlands to get anywhere — unless, of course, you’re a resident. One of La Jolla’s largest neighborhoods, Muirlands is also among the most sought after for this very reason.
The San Diego Regional Fire Foundation presented $177,000 in grants to 10 San Diego County fire agencies that provide protection and emergency response.
A walk along the tree-lined sidewalks of the meandering streets in Mission Hills is like going back in time. Close your eyes for a moment and you might think you hear the sound of a streetcar rattling up the hill.
Serving Seniors, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping seniors in poverty live healthy and fulfilling lives, served its 10 millionth meal with the help of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and county Supervisor Ron Roberts. Forty percent of San Diego seniors have to choose between rent and food due to ongoing state and federal budget cuts, according to the nonprofit. The nonprofit provides nearly 600,000 meals each year to its clients, as well as delivers “wrap-around” wellness services, to take care of senior health, mental health, advocacy and housing needs.
The Foundation for the Children of the Californias announced that the Concert for the Kids, held at Santaluz, raised more than $665,000.
Girl Scouts San Diego’s 18th annual fundraiser, Urban Campout: Island Treasures, raised $385,000 to keep Girl Scouting available and affordable for 40,000 girl and adult members. A portion of the proceeds is earmarked for construction of a new cabin at Girl Scouts’ Balboa Campus. Karen Benito and Denise Scott co-chaired the event and Taylor Baldwin and Elizabeth Dewberry were honorary co-chairs. Qualcomm Inc. was the lead sponsor. San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, a Girl Scouts board member, and Councilman Todd Gloria participated in the program.
Starry Starry Night, Voices for Children’s signature gala, had a record-breaking year, raising $1.37 million for foster children in San Diego County.
It took some pluck and vision to build the Meridian — downtown San Diego’s first luxury high-rise condominium tower. Apparently, that is what developer Walter Alex Smyk had an abundance of as he pushed forward through multiple obstacles to get it done.
The San Diego Police Foundation’s fourth annual Gold Shield Gala recently honored police dogs and their officers as “superheroes.”
The La Costa 35 Athletic Club, a local nonprofit, hosted its 5th Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad. Since its first tourney, the program has more than doubled in attendance and raised more than $100,000. Tournament Director Rob Holzman said there were 20 poker tables, 180 players and net proceeds of more than $45,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad — a record.
HUYA Bioscience International recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the company’s founding at the US Grant hotel in San Diego. The event included live entertainment and video greetings from colleagues and key opinion leaders in Japan and China. As part of HUYA’s mission to develop new treatments for cancer, the company announced that it has donated $20,000 to Breast Cancer Angels, a nonprofit providing financial and emotional assistance to breast cancer patients and their families. The organization accepted the donation and shared its experiences with the guests.
The San Diego Foundation celebrated 40 years of philanthropic leadership in the San Diego region at “A Walk in the Park” — a 40th anniversary event held recently at Balboa Park in honor of the park’s centennial. The foundation hosted more than 700 donors, partners and community leaders at the event, which included tours of Balboa Park cultural attractions and culminated with a celebration for invited guests at the San Diego Natural History Museum.
Escondido Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, announced it awarded $167,860 to eight nonprofits that promote the natural resources and open spaces of Escondido.
Ronald McDonald House Charities San Diego announced it raised $525,000 at the annual ROMP gala, which helps support families dealing with medical hardship.
More than 250 professionals from Ernst & Young LLP supported their local communities by donating 950 volunteer hours at eight project sites across San Diego.
Wells Fargo partnered with the Armed Services YMCA San Diego (ASY San Diego) recently to host a “kitting” and letter- writing event for military families. The event was part of a larger effort by Wells Fargo and the nonprofit Operation Gratitude to show appreciation for our nation’s armed forces.
Local sister companies CUSO Financial Services and Sorrento Pacific Financial hosted a “Lead Forward!” 5K Fun walk/run around San Diego’s bay front during the summer. The 5K kicked off the companies’ 17th annual conference, and 100 percent of the registration fees benefitted the Wounded Warrior Project, which has a goal “to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.” The event was open to attendees and their families. More than $6,100 was raised in support of the charitable organization.
United Way of San Diego County announced Maureen King and Jonathan Vance as award winners for their consistently outstanding community leadership and volunteerism. They recently were honored during the nonprofit’s 95th birthday party at Cohn Restaurant Group’s new Coasterra. The award is named for James Mulvaney, who maintained involvement in numerous nonprofit boards and organizations for 50 years.
There are scores of charming neighborhoods in San Diego County, but the Barber Tract in La Jolla is one of the most beguiling. Reminiscent of Carmel in Northern California, the streets of the community are lined with vine-covered cottages, grand estates and a treasure trove of architecturally significant, historic homes.
People gathered recently at the USO San Diego to put together 300 “We Care” packages for U.S. service members. Military families were joined by Toyota and the Padres Volunteer Team to build packages for service members.
The Helen Woodward Animal Center held the 10th annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon at Dog Beach in Del Mar recently. The event was presented by Blue Buffalo Co. Ltd.
Once known as the Avocado Capital of the World, the city of Vista is just seven miles from the beach and stretches out among gentle rolling hills and enjoys cooling ocean breezes.
Athletes Helping Athletes, a San Diego nonprofit, works with families across the country to donate custom-built handcycles, giving disabled children the chance to enjoy being a kid.
The Hadassah Foundation, which invests in social change for girls and women in Israel and the U.S., has awarded a $35,200 grant to Girls Give Back, a Jewish Family Service of San Diego program, to help cover operating expenses for the next year.
Less than an hour away from the day-to-day grind of city living is Los Robles Ranch in Santa Ysabel.
On the last Friday in January, the annual 2015 count on homeless veterans in San Diego County was 1,381. El Cajon-based nonprofit Crisis House in partnership with the Volunteers of America and funding from the Department of Veteran Affairs is working to permanently house homeless veterans.
It’s hard to beat living on the beach in Carlsbad.
Employees of Johnson Controls Inc. in San Diego gave up a Saturday recently to beautify and clean up one of San Diego’s beaches.
For more than 13 years, through The Business of Saving Lives, the Helen Woodward Animal Center has demonstrated its dedication to saving the lives of homeless pets, not only within its San Diego-based facility, but in shelters and rescues across the globe.
There are a number of distinct areas in La Jolla, each with its own charm and appeal. Among the most storied, and encompassing some of the county’s most exclusive real estate, is La Jolla Farms.
The Maritime Museum of San Diego has launched the San Salvador, a full-sized, fully functional replica of the original Spanish galleon that arrived at the port that we now call San Diego in 1542.
Old-world charm, grace and understated grandeur define the style of this equestrian estate.
San Diego philanthropist, literacy advocate, and longtime supporter of the University of California, San Diego, Audrey Geisel, has donated $3 million toward the renovation of the university’s iconic flagship building, the Geisel Library.
Ramona, known as the “Valley of the Sun,” is just some 40 miles from San Diego, but it is as far from a typical San Diego suburb as you can get.
Intelicare Direct, a leading customer service solutions company with offices in Las Vegas and San Diego, held a crazy hair day benefitting San Diego-based nonprofit Second Chance. For every ICD employee who came to the office with crazy hair, one haircut was donated to Second Chance for someone trying to get back into the workforce.
Voices for Children held its annual Wine Women and Shoes fundraiser, which raised a record-breaking $225,000. The proceeds will provide many more foster children in San Diego County with the caring support of a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA volunteer. The event was held at the Mission Hills home of Marina Marrelli, a former board member and longtime supporter of VFC. Guests enjoyed wine tasting, shopping, fashion vignettes, and a live auction. The top seller in the auction was a pair of floor tickets to the Rolling Stones and an overnight stay at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.
The seventh annual Miracle Babies 5K took place recently at Embarcadero Marina Park South.
This contemporary architectural Alpine beauty is inside the gates of the equestrian residential community of Rancho Palo Verde.
Pacific Beach is one of many communities in the county that benefited from the railroad link between San Diego and the East Coast in 1885. Soon to follow were hordes of visitors and would-be buyers of real estate in the area. And buy they did, so much so that a San Diego Union newspaper report during this time cautioned buyers to beware of the inflated prices of the bayside lots “going for $25 and $100.”
Helping the environment, saving money and extra study time were a few compelling arguments high school seniors made about the benefits of taking public transit to win laptops as part of the Metropolitan Transit System and Coca-Cola Cos. Laptop Scholarship Essay Contest.
A group of 30 BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair employees, family members and friends volunteered at the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank recently.
The weather was picture perfect at Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark recently as hundreds of enthusiastic “plungers” charged into the chilly waters of the park’s Big Surf wave pool to raise money for Special Olympics San Diego.
Try to imagine San Diego without Mission Bay.
The Little Caesars Love Kitchen, staffed by an Escondido franchise of Little Caesars Enterprises Inc., stopped by Interfaith Community Services recently with more than 30 pizzas to distribute to the homeless and clients of Interfaith’s housing programs.
Grossmont Hospital Foundation raised more than $422,000 for Sharp Grossmont Hospital at the 31st Annual Grossmont Hospital Invitational Golf Tournament at Sycuan Resort and Casino.
This custom, oceanfront home on the boardwalk in Mission Beach was designed by renowned architect Ken Ronchetti. The curvilinear design is a fresh take on the idea of a beach residence.
Kensington. The name conjures images of a quaint village in West London that is home to Kensington Palace and world-famous gardens. The neighborhood of Kensington in San Diego is just as charming, in a California sort of way, as its namesake in England.
Karen Haynes, president of California State University San Marcos, was one of six California State University women presidents recognized for their outstanding leadership at the Leadership California Awards Ceremony.