Philanthropy

  • Local teen sings out with others for a cure for ALS

    Local teen sings out with others for a cure for ALS

    The premise behind the “Striking A Chord” benefit concert, to be held July 29, was conceived by Carmel Valley resident Megan Spector after her Aunt Marjie Block was diagnosed with ALS. Currently there is no cure for this disease, and the life expectancy of patients is tragically short, typically...

  • Scholarship named after Del Mar resident awarded to local teen

    Scholarship named after Del Mar resident awarded to local teen

    Lucas Weed, a recent graduate of The School for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SET), received The Robert Baizer Scholarship at the school’s graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 10

  • Adaptive surfers ride a rising wave

    Adaptive surfers ride a rising wave

    The scene in front of the Del Mar Lifeguard station on Friday morning, June 23, at first glance looks much like any other: a handful of parents fussing over their fidgeting kids, eye rolls and grimaces aplenty as they squeeze into wetsuits and smear on sunscreen. But then a closer look: volunteers...

  • 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...

  • SD Jewish Academy employee takes school message of charity to heart

    SD Jewish Academy employee takes school message of charity to heart

    In his 20 years at San Diego Jewish Academy, head custodian Juan Suaste has learned a lot about Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. He has watched as students participate in Tikkun Olam community service programs that teach the young students that it is their responsibility to make the world a better...

  • Tete a Tete with literary agent Jill Marr grand raffle prize at Blazing Laptops event

    Tete a Tete with literary agent Jill Marr grand raffle prize at Blazing Laptops event

    It’ll take more than a nifty turn of phrase to impress Jill Marr. Her 16 years as a literary agent with Del Mar’s Sandra Dijkstra Agency has paired her with best-selling authors from all over the country. So aspiring authors need more than a way with words to convince her to add to her roster of...

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