Del Mar Red Nose Run raises $23K for charities

L-R: Dixie Courtney, Carrington Real Estate (sponsor), Pat Spirit, Selena O’Brien, Frank Kuiper, Al Bernotas, Jamal Mourad, Tom Ranglas Jr, Katherine Hsia, Stephan Turonbarre, Linda Andrews, Monica Valentino, Rob Lawson, Ned Hall, Nancy Brisbois.
L-R: Dixie Courtney, Carrington Real Estate (sponsor), Pat Spirit, Selena O’Brien, Frank Kuiper, Al Bernotas, Jamal Mourad, Tom Ranglas Jr, Katherine Hsia, Stephan Turonbarre, Linda Andrews, Monica Valentino, Rob Lawson, Ned Hall, Nancy Brisbois.

Enthusiastic members of the Low and Slow Running Club looked on Feb. 11 as Al Bernotas, founder, presented Valentine checks to representatives of the The Semper Fi Fund and Fresh Start Surgical Gifts. The club’s successful 23rd annual Del Mar Red Nose Run, held Dec. 19 on the beach, generated $23,000 benefiting the two local organizations.

Representative Selena O’Brien of the Semper Fi Fund and Katherine Hsia of Fresh Start Surgical Gifts wore beaming smiles as they expressed their gratitude.

“Thank you to the Low and Slow Running Club and all the participants for your enormous support for the Semper Fi Fund,” said O’Brien. “I look forward to this event every year as an important fund raiser and awareness of our two charities. The great enthusiasm of the participants especially our Injured Marines is incredibly heart warming.”

Hsia added, “We at Fresh Start Surgical Gifts can’t begin to express our gratitude to the Low and Slow Running Club and to all the merchants, sponsors and participants; you transform lives one child at a time through this amazing annual event. The monetary gifts we receive are vital to the children in desperate need of a fresh start through reconstructive surgery and medical care.”

The popular Poseidon beachfront Restaurant provides patio space and delicious buffet hors d’oeuvres every year, prepared by Executive Chef Jamal Mourad.

“It is important to our dad and family to give back to our community,” said owner Tom Ranglas Jr. “The Red Nose Run is an exciting event and a pleasure for us to support.”

General Manager Stephan Turonbarre added, “All our staff look forward to this fun holiday fundraiser. We are ready for December 2015!”


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