Philanthropy

  • Del Mar couple devoted to helping foster youth

    Del Mar couple devoted to helping foster youth

    When their children grow up and require less attention, many people take up a hobby. But Bill and Gretchen Morgan took on a cause — helping foster youth transition to independent lives. For the past several years, the Del Mar residents have worked with their church, Solana Beach Presbyterian, and...

  • Casa de Amistad awards $60,000 in scholarships at ‘Future Leaders’ dinner

    Casa de Amistad awards $60,000 in scholarships at ‘Future Leaders’ dinner

    Casa de Amistad dedicated a night June 1 to celebrate the achievements and successes of its own graduating seniors. Casa de Amistad, a nonprofit tutoring and mentoring program, is committed to serving underserved families in North Coastal San Diego. Casa de Amistad serves over 240 students in preschool...

  • Del Mar bridal shop donates dress to military bride

    Del Mar bridal shop donates dress to military bride

    June 8 plays a big role in Jesca Daniels’ and Mark Daniels’ lives. It’s the day that the San Diego couple will finally have a proper wedding ceremony after being married for eight years. It’s also the day their world changed forever in 2013. Mark, a U.S. Marine, was traveling with his dog, Aura,...

  • Tiny hearts fuel Carmel Valley doctor's huge compassion

    Tiny hearts fuel Carmel Valley doctor's huge compassion

    Dr. Paul Grossfeld focuses much of his time and energy in caring for the tiniest of patients - babies with congenital heart defects. Grossfeld, a Carmel Valley resident, wears two hats -- he’s a pediatric cardiologist at Rady Children’s Hospital, and a professor at UC San Diego Medical School,...

  • Del Mar Library to hold Toy Drive

    Del Mar Library to hold Toy Drive

    Del Mar Library is partnering with the Torrey Pines Rotary Club during the month of June to collect new and gently used stuffed animals for the Care ‘n Share Toy Drive. “Donations can be made at the Del Mar Library June 2 to July 5 and will be distributed to help put smiles on the faces of sick...

  • 25th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic

    25th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic

    Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, a San Diego nonprofit, held its 25th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic March 5-6 at the Hilton San Diego/Del Mar and Lomas Santa Fe Country Club. The event was hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro, best known for his role in “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”...

  • Del Mar Heights School Garden Community Service Day

    Del Mar Heights School Garden Community Service Day

    Members of the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church took part in a joint effort Feb. 26 to continue improving the beauty and educational value of the Del Mar Heights Gardens as part of the Del Mar Heights School Garden Community Service Day. This year, volunteers disassembled a raised bed, assembled...

  • Canyon Crest Academy Foundation presents 'Rendezvous in Paris'

    Canyon Crest Academy Foundation presents 'Rendezvous in Paris'

    Tony-nominated Broadway actress Susan Egan headlined the Canyon Crest Academy Foundation’s Rendezvous in Paris Gala Feb. 25. Egan, Broadway’s original Belle in “Beauty and the Beast” and the longest-running Millie in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” was accompanied by 50 talented CCA students in the...

  • ‘Cultural Heights: India!’ Family Night

    ‘Cultural Heights: India!’ Family Night

    Del Mar Heights Elementary School hosted “Cultural Heights: India!” Family Night Feb. 16. Starting Jan. 30, Heights students were treated to three weeks of lessons on India, its diverse people and rich cultures. Throughout the program, students learned about India’s geography, the origins of its...

  • ‘Larry Himmel Day’ at Free Flight

    ‘Larry Himmel Day’ at Free Flight

    The Larry Himmel Foundation presented a $5,000 check to Free Flight bird sanctuary in Del Mar Feb. 26 at “Larry Himmel Day,” a fundraising event. During the event, guests were invited to meet Free Flight’s 50 parrots, as well as a canary and African Crowned Crane, while donating toward veterinary...

  • Union Bank celebrates 'Grand Re-Opening' at Del Mar Plaza

    Union Bank celebrates 'Grand Re-Opening' at Del Mar Plaza

    Union Bank held a branch "Grand Re-Opening Reception" Feb. 23 at its new location in the Del Mar Plaza (1555 Camino Del Mar, second floor). Among those who attended the event were: Steve Bonker, Del Mar Branch Manager, Union Bank; Tina Robinson, Regional Manager, Union Bank; Robbin Narike Preciado,...

  • Torrey Pines High School celebrates hoops, cheer seniors

    Torrey Pines High School celebrates hoops, cheer seniors

    The Torrey Pines basketball teams and cheer squad honored its seniors on Senior Night on Feb. 16.

  • Former MLB pitcher speaks at TPHS Baseball Lecture Series

    Former MLB pitcher speaks at TPHS Baseball Lecture Series

    Torrey Pines High School’s Baseball Program recently presented its fifth annual Lecture Series event featuring former MLB pitcher Jim Abbott who spoke on the topic “Perseverance & Overcoming Adversity.” The event also included a private reception. Abbott was born Sept. 19, 1967, in Flint, Michigan...

  • India ‘Winter Mela’ event

    India ‘Winter Mela’ event

    Shiva Vishnu Temple (a nonprofit organization) presented the “2nd Annual Winter Mela” on Feb. 12 at Ocean Air Park in Carmel Valley. The event featured booths offering henna, ethnic wear, ethnic gifts and jewelry, as well as music, dance, obstacle course, face painting, balloon sculpture, carnival...

  • 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...

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