Philanthropy

  • Ashley Falls Sweetheart Dance

    Ashley Falls Sweetheart Dance

    The Ashley Falls School PTA Dads’ Club held its annual Sweetheart Dance on Feb. 12 at the San Diego Marriott Del Mar. The event included a semi-formal dinner, dancing to “Rob the DJ,” hula hoop contest and prizes, commemorative photos, and new this year, a teddy bear drive to benefit the Ronald...

  • Skyline Dads’ Club Pancake Breakfast

    Skyline Dads’ Club Pancake Breakfast

    Skyline Elementary School families enjoyed a delicious morning at the Feb. 10 Dads’ Club Pancake Breakfast.

  • Del Mar Heights Dads’ Club Pancake Breakfast

    Del Mar Heights Dads’ Club Pancake Breakfast

    A Dads’ Club Pancake Breakfast was held at Del Mar Heights Elementary School Feb. 10 on the morning prior to the school’s annual Jog-A-Thon fundraiser. The Jog-A-Thon benefits the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation (DMSEF), which pays the salaries of the district’s STEAM+ (Science, Technology,...

  • Carmel Del Mar PTA Fiesta Night

    Carmel Del Mar PTA Fiesta Night

    Carmel Del Mar PTA held its annual fundraiser Fiesta Night Feb. 11 at Arterra, Marriott Del Mar. Parents enjoy the night out with friends while bidding on great auction items. Last year the event raised more than $25,000, which helped purchase many of the “extra” school items, from teacher mini-grants,...

  • North Shore Girls Softball Opening Night Ceremonies

    North Shore Girls Softball Opening Night Ceremonies

    North Shore Girls Softball started its 29th season with Opening Night ceremonies Feb.10. Opening Night was a fun event for all as the teams got dressed up in their new uniforms and transformed them into cool costumes for the parade around the bases, while throwing candy out into the crowd. Teams...

  • Parents Night Out Feb. 24 supports CCA club's home-building efforts

    Parents Night Out Feb. 24 supports CCA club's home-building efforts

    The Canyon Crest Academy Casas de Luz Club is hosting a Parents Night Out on Friday, Feb. 24 to raise funds to build a home in Tijuana, Mexico. The club is offering parents a chance to take a break and drop off their children anytime from 6-10 p.m. at the Univertarian Universalist Fellowship of...

  • Harbaugh Foundation continues support for vets

    Harbaugh Foundation continues support for vets

    Donations from the locally-based George & Betty Harbaugh Charitable Foundation continue to make a difference in the region.  For the third year in a row the Harbaugh Foundation funded Patriots’ Outpost at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, held in Janaury, giving back to military men and...

  • Herbert B. Turner Gallery photo exhibit reception

    Herbert B. Turner Gallery photo exhibit reception

    A reception was held Jan. 28 for a new photography exhibit on display at Del Mar’s Herbert B. Turner Gallery at Southfair. The exhibit features 64 photographs by San Diego photographer Michael Orenich, focusing on images from Mongolia, Cuba and Morocco. Also included are shots from Greece, Italy,...

  • Carmel Del Mar PTA Art Night

    Carmel Del Mar PTA Art Night

    The second annual Carmel Del Mar Art Show was held Jan. 25. The event featured student artwork - paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures - with the theme “Commit to Kindness.”

  • Del Mar Rotary Club continues to make a difference in children’s lives

    Del Mar Rotary Club continues to make a difference in children’s lives

    Last holiday season, festivities started earlier than usual for 150 children and their families when the Del Mar Rotary Club hosted its annual Children’s Christmas Party on Dec. 8. In addition to a visit from “Santa Clause,” the preschoolers in attendance sang Christmas carols and received a new...

  • Former Del Mar Mayor Don Mosier joins San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy board

    Former Del Mar Mayor Don Mosier joins San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy board

    The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (SDRVC) recently announces its newest board member, Donald Mosier, M.D., Ph.D., of Del Mar.  Mosier is professor emeritus in the Department of Immunology & Microbial Science at the Scripps Research Institute, having recently retired after four decades of...

  • Torrey Pines High School Foundation holds donor appreciation event

    Torrey Pines High School Foundation holds donor appreciation event

    The Torrey Pines High School Foundation held an appreciation event for its most generous donors Jan. 21 at the Lamb home in Rancho Santa Fe. For more information on the TPHS Foundation, visit torreypinesfoundation.org.

  • Earl Warren Winter Arts Festival

    Earl Warren Winter Arts Festival

    Earl Warren Middle School’s Winter Arts Festival, a fundraising event designed to celebrate the visual and performing art classes, was held Jan. 11 at Earl Warren’s “Seahawk Village.” Attendees were entertained by Earl Warren’s guitar class, drama students performed I Never Saw Another Butterfly,...

  • Del Mar Heights STEAM+ Family Night

    Del Mar Heights STEAM+ Family Night

    Del Mar Heights held a STEAM+ Family Night Jan. 12 where attendees experienced first-hand the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math and Physical Education (STEAM+) courses students take every week. The event featured six activities, including a rocket launch.

  • Del Mar Kiwanis donates $3,000 in support of children fighting cancer

    Del Mar Kiwanis donates $3,000 in support of children fighting cancer

    The Del Mar Kiwanis Club recently donated $3,000 to the Celebration of Champions section of Rady Children’s Hospital. The funds were raised through the Kiwanis Club’s annual Day at the Races.  The Del Mar club is part of Kiwanis International, which was is an organization founded to assist the...

  • Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary delivers over $20,000 to three organizations

    Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary delivers over $20,000 to three organizations

    Last month, the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club delivered over $20,000 to three deserving nonprofit organizations the club has worked with over many years. They were the Community Resource Center, Just in Time for Foster Youth and Reality Changers.   As a partner with, and major beneficiary of,...

  • Ashley Falls Career Day

    Ashley Falls Career Day

    Ashley Falls PTA held its Annual Career Day for students Jan. 10. Speakers from a variety of professions visited classrooms and discussed their work with students.

  • Dolce at Pacific Highlands to host CCA Foundation’s 'Rendezvous in Paris Gala' VIP After-Party

    Dolce at Pacific Highlands to host CCA Foundation’s 'Rendezvous in Paris Gala' VIP After-Party

    If you’ve tried to enter the new Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch shopping center in Carmel Valley weekdays at 3 p.m., you have no doubt witnessed the sea of teens descending upon the stores. Not only is it their place to socialize, it has become an extension of their school. With Canyon Crest...

  • Fundraiser held to honor memory of Nicolas Leslie

    Fundraiser held to honor memory of Nicolas Leslie

    The Torrey Pines High School Scholarship Fund (TPHSSF) held a fundraiser Jan. 7 at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar to honor the memory of Nicolas Leslie, TPHS Class of 2014. Leslie, a 20-year-old Del Mar native, was murdered in the ISIS-sponsored terrorist attack in Nice, France on July 14, 2016. The...

  • Penguin Plunge 2017

    Penguin Plunge 2017

    Local residents welcomed the New Year at Del Mar’s annual Penguin Plunge held Jan. 1. Del Mar lifeguards and community members celebrated 2017 with a dip in the Pacific Ocean during the popular event, which began at the Del Mar Lifeguard Tower on 17th Street in Del Mar. Participants who ran into...

  • Holiday Classic

    Holiday Classic

    The 27th Under Armour Holiday Classic, presented by Torrey Pines High School, took place Dec. 27-30 at several locations. (Photos on this page) Cathedral Catholic High School wins 76-70 over La Jolla Country Day in a game played Dec. 30 at TPHS. Visit theholidayclassic.org.

  • Carmel Valley teen makes the holidays brighter for Baja California youth

    Carmel Valley teen makes the holidays brighter for Baja California youth

    This holiday marks the sixth year that Danny Limas An, of Carmel Valley, has trekked the miles to distant colonias (communities) in Baja California donating sports gear to those less fortunate. He began the tradition with his mother and sister when he was 5 years old and they would drive down to...

  • Beth Am hosts menorah lighting

    Beth Am hosts menorah lighting

    Congregation Beth Am hosted a menorah lighting to celebrate the fourth night of Hanukkah at Del Mar Highlands Town Center. The event included performances by the Beth Am Choir and refreshments in addition to a traditional lighting ceremony led by Rabbi David Kornberg.

  • TPHS Holiday Classic

    TPHS Holiday Classic

    Basketball fans gathered at various games for the 27th Under Armour Holiday Classic, presented by Torrey Pines High School, which is running Dec. 27-30 at several locations. Photos on this page were taken at the Dec. 27 game where the TPHS varsity basketball team took on Fairfax High School from...

  • Optimist Club of Del Mar-Solana Beach holding annual essay contest

    The Optimist Club of Del Mar-Solana Beach is encouraging area students to contemplate the phrase “Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges” as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for 2017. The Optimist Club will judge local students’ essays on the theme and determine the winner....

  • The San Diego Foundation announces availability of grants to enhance quality of life for older adults

    The San Diego Foundation, in partnership with The Del Mar Healthcare Fund at The San Diego Foundation, recently announced the availability of grant funding through the Age Friendly Communities Program. The 2017 grant cycle will prioritize collaborative nonprofit projects that enhance the quality...

  • Holiday Baskets event helps families in need

    Holiday Baskets event helps families in need

    Holiday Baskets, an annual event held by Community Resource Center (CRC), set a goal to help more than 1,000 households (2,000+ children) in need this year with food, toys and household necessities. Last year, Holiday Baskets distributed more than 60 tons of items with the support of 1,000 volunteers...

  • Winterfest at Del Mar Heights

    Winterfest at Del Mar Heights

    Kindergarten through 6th grade students performed holiday favorites Dec. 15 at the school’s popular annual Winterfest event.

  • Del Sol Lions Club hosts ‘Christmas in Hawaii’

    Del Sol Lions Club hosts ‘Christmas in Hawaii’

    The Del Sol Lions Club held a holiday party with the theme “Christmas in Hawaii” Dec. 14 at the Park Del Mar Clubhouse. On Dec. 7 the Del Sol Lions also held an “Ugly Sweater Party and Fundraiser” at Carruth Winery in Solana Beach to raise funds to purchse bikes for kids in need. The photos on...

  • Del Mar Community Connections hosts holiday luncheon

    Del Mar Community Connections hosts holiday luncheon

    A holiday luncheon sponsored by Del Mar Community Connections was held Dec. 7 at St. Peter’s Parish Hall in Del Mar. Entertainment was provided by vocalist Gary Burt with his “Tribute to the Icons of the Crooner Era,” such as Bing Crosby, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. Guests were encouraged to...

  • Solana Beach council plays Santa with community grant awards

    The Solana Beach City Council, in an early Christmas present for nine local nonprofit groups, was able to fund all of the requests it received through the city's annual community grant program. "That is a super rare event," said Mayor Mike Nichols, after the council voted unanimously to fund the...

  • ‘I can see!’ CCA student’s nonprofit Glasses for All helps bring glasses to homeless people at recent event

    ‘I can see!’ CCA student’s nonprofit Glasses for All helps bring glasses to homeless people at recent event

    On the Sunday morning of Nov. 27 Glasses for All held an event at the Neil Good Day Center in downtown San Diego to distribute eyeglasses to the homeless. That day, many of the homeless walked away with a pair of glasses, and a new opportunity to see.  Glasses for All is a 501(c) nonprofit organization,...

  • Laser light show, Santa at Del Mar Highlands Town Center

    Laser light show, Santa at Del Mar Highlands Town Center

    A holiday celebration with Santa was held at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center Dec. 7. The event included laser light shows, falling snow, photos with Santa, music, performances by students from local schools, complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, and more. A special check presentation was made...

  • Breakfast with Santa and Snow Days at Flower Hill

    Breakfast with Santa and Snow Days at Flower Hill

    A festive Breakfast with Santa and Snow Days event were held at Flower Hill Promenade Dec.10-11. Breakfast with Santa was held at Flower Hill’s newest restaurant Flower Child followed by Snow Days, which featured a real snow play area, petting zoo, snowboarding simulator, photos with Santa, face...

  • North Coastal Council of PTA’s Reflections Gala

    North Coastal Council of PTA’s Reflections Gala

    The North Coastal Council of PTA’s Reflections Gala was held Nov. 29 at El Camino Creek Elementary School in Encinitas. Four school districts were represented at the event: Del Mar Union, Solana Beach, Encinitas Union and San Dieguito Union High School. The National PTA Reflections Program provides...

  • ‘Tis the Season!’ at Del Mar Art Center Gallery

    ‘Tis the Season!’ at Del Mar Art Center Gallery

    Del Mar Art Center Gallery, in the Del Mar Plaza, hosted “Tis the Season!”, its annual holiday season celebration and fundraiser Dec. 3. In addition to great art, the event included a silent auction, refreshments, music by guitarist Mark Shatz and more. The gallery is a nonprofit artist cooperative...

  • Del Mar Hills Academy hosts Grandparents Lunch

    Del Mar Hills Academy hosts Grandparents Lunch

    Del Mar Hills Academy held a Grandparents Lunch Nov. 15. Students, grandparents and other family members and special friends gathered for a special meal at the school.

  • Red Nose Run/Walk

    Red Nose Run/Walk

    The 25th Annual Red Nose Run/Walk took place Dec. 2 at Del Mar Beach (Powerhouse Park). The event benefits two local 501(c)(3) charities, Semper Fi Fund and Fresh Start Surgical gifts. Participants wore red noses, creative holiday attire and brought festively-adorned dogs on leashes to the event....

  • Randy Jones Invitational and Pacific Hospitality Group announce major joint efforts

    Randy Jones Invitational and Pacific Hospitality Group announce major joint efforts

    The Randy Jones Golf Invitational, founded by the former San Diego Padres pitcher to raise money for local charity golf tournaments, and Pacific Hospitality Group, Inc. (PHG), which develops and manages hotel and resort properties throughout San Diego County, announced the beginning of a program...

  • Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch tree lighting ceremony

    Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch tree lighting ceremony

    The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch hosted its annual tree lighting ceremony Nov. 27. The event also included photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Dickens Carolers, hot cocoa and cookies. Holiday festivities continue throughout the month of December on Sundays (Dec. 4, 11 and 18, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.)...

  • Fairmont Grand Del Mar hosts Annual Holiday Open House

    Fairmont Grand Del Mar hosts Annual Holiday Open House

    The Fairmont Grand Del Mar held its 10th Annual Holiday Open House and Trees of Hope Tree Lighting Ceremony Nov. 27. The event included the lighting of The Grand’s 18-foot Noble fir tree, a special performance of The Nutcracker Ballet, music, pictures with Santa, holiday shopping and more. The...

  • San Diego Center for Children to celebrate 130th anniversary in May

    San Diego Center for Children to celebrate 130th anniversary in May

    Next year marks a major milestone for San Diego Center for Children. Having served children and families throughout San Diego County for decades, San Diego Center for Children celebrates its 130th anniversary in 2017. “It’s an opportunity to acknowledge our rich history, and it’s also an opportunity...

  • Friends of the Beach and Powerhouse present $30,000 check to City of Del Mar

    Friends of the Beach and Powerhouse present $30,000 check to City of Del Mar

    On Nov. 21, Barbara Harper, president of the Del Mar Friends of the Beach and Powerhouse, presented $30,000 to the City of Del Mar. The donation represents the organization’s continuing commitment to the beach community.  “Not every project we do is glamorous,” noted Harper. This time the need...

  • Lucky Duck Foundation presents ‘Swing & Soiree’

    Lucky Duck Foundation presents ‘Swing & Soiree’

    Professional golfer and commentator Peter Jacobsen served as the MC of the evening entertainment and auction at this year’s Swing & Soiree held at the Santaluz Club Oct. 3. The nonprofit Lucky Duck Foundation raises funds and awareness for charitable causes. The 8th annual Swing & Soiree included...

  • Solana Ranch Movie Night

    Solana Ranch Movie Night

    Solana Ranch Elementary School families gathered together Oct. 21 for a Movie Night event featuring the film “Aladdin.”

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