The Christopher J. Collins Foundation will host its fourth annual Family Photography Fundraiser at The Grand Del Mar. The Oct. 30 event will benefit San Diego-area youth organizations.
The Christopher J. Collins Foundation, a 501(c)3 corporation, was formed by Carmel Valley resident Kristin Watkins in 2005 in memory of her brother, Chris Collins, who died in a car accident at only 31 years old.
“I needed to turn our family’s tragedy into something positive,” said Watkins. “Plus, we wanted to give back to the community that was so supportive of us in our time of grief.”
The Foundation is dedicated to helping San Diego children develop confidence and leadership skills. Each year, the Foundation selects youth organizations with proven track records in helping kids in the immediate San Diego area. Since inception, the Foundation has granted nearly $150,000 to local organizations. Past recipients have included The Tony Hawk Foundation, United Through Reading, and local youth initiatives for the San Diego Chapters of the American Diabetes Association and the Arthritis Foundation.
Families can register to have a mini photo session with a professional photographer on the beautiful grounds of The Grand Del Mar. For $125, families will receive a 15-minute photo session and digital files of the photos taken. Participating photographers are Rob Andrew of Rob Andrew Photography, Lisa Gisczinski of elle.g photography, Cori Nichols of Photography by Cori Nichols, and Eric Storey of Eric Storey Photography.
More information about the Christopher J. Collins Foundation and the Family Photography Fundraiser can be found on the Christopher J. Collins Foundation Web site at www.christopherjcollins.org or by calling 858-761-1449. Visit