Philanthropy

  • Men on a Mission charitable social group to meet Nov. 30

    Carmel Valley’s Steve DeNato is hoping to bring local men together to make a difference in their community with his social and charitable group Men on a Mission. The group meets twice a year and members commit to writing two $100 checks for local charities of the group’s choice at each gathering...

  • Great Halloween Candy Buy Back to benefit troops is Nov. 9

    Great Halloween Candy Buy Back to benefit troops is Nov. 9

    Dr. Curtis Chan is holding his 9th annual Great Halloween Candy Buy Back. The Candy Buy Back helps local children unload excess Halloween candy for a great cause. The candy is donated to troops overseas and children collect $1 per pound (up to 5 pounds). Last year’s drive collected 7,389 pounds...

  • Finding Voices encourages teens to speak up about tough issues

    Finding Voices encourages teens to speak up about tough issues

    A digital media marketing consultant by trade, Solana Beach resident Shawn McClondon dedicated his prowess in recent years to helping guide youths and young adults toward career paths. While the efforts of his nonprofit Youth Campaigns have been geared toward San Diego city communities with impoverished...

  • Through Project Concern International, Del Mar resident finds a global calling

    Through Project Concern International, Del Mar resident finds a global calling

    The sight of mothers and their newborns in Tijuana struggling amid a lack of basic health care left an indelible impact. Patricia Mogul had already been doing everything she could to promote Project Concern International’s mission to create sustainable, community-driven solutions in some of the...

  • Torrey Pines teens fundraise to bring life-saving AEDs to campus

    Torrey Pines teens fundraise to bring life-saving AEDs to campus

    Two Torrey Pines High School students are working to help save lives and raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest. Senior Ryan Poe and junior Jacob Li led a fundraising effort that resulted in the purchase of two new automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to be installed at easily accessible...

  • Carmel Valley Girl Scouts change lives, earn Gold Award

    Carmel Valley Girl Scouts change lives, earn Gold Award

    Girl Scouts Julia Camilleri, Brittany Jiang, Maya Kota, Rachel Lian and Kara Nepomuceno, all of Carmel Valley, have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award — the organization’s highest honor — for creating meaningful, sustainable change in the world around them. Just five percent of Girl Scouts nationwide...

  • At Casa de Amistad, tutors find a second calling

    At Casa de Amistad, tutors find a second calling

    It’s not always the whiz-kids blazing a path toward college that hit John Gunther the hardest. Sometimes, it’s the kids he didn’t think wanted his help to begin with. Like Jose, for example. Gunther didn’t have the highest of hopes when he started tutoring the high school junior two years ago through...

  • Through death and grief, a couple finds love late in life

    Through death and grief, a couple finds love late in life

    Something inexplicable happened the first time Judy Wilson and Gene Humphrey sang next to each other. A long-standing practice at the Encinitas chapter of Tremble Clefs — a choir for people with Parkinson’s disease and their loved ones — places the sopranos and tenors on one side of the room, with...

  • Local students raise money for children of families in Houston whose homes were flooded

    Local students raise money for children of families in Houston whose homes were flooded

    Students from Canyon Crest Academy, Torrey Pines High School, The Bishop’s School, Carmel Valley Middle School, Pacific Trails Middle School, Del Norte High School, Ocean Air Elementary School, Solana Ranch Elementary School and Sycamore Ridge Elementary School, who also are members of the Alliance...

  • Making films to make the world a better place

    Making films to make the world a better place

    Nathaniel Goodman has learned to embrace more of the moments of his life, including the difficult ones. When he was 9, he and his parents were in a car accident that almost ended his parents’ lives. While he was spared from any serious injuries, he’d spent the year that they were recovering doing...

  • 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...

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