Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito unveils new look, name at Carmel Valley branch

By Kristina Houck

The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito recently unveiled a new look and a new name for its Douglas Allred Branch in Carmel Valley. In honor of the late Ann Allred and her legacy to the nonprofit organization, the branch is now called the Ann & Douglas Allred Branch.

With money from a memorial fund that was established in Ann Allred’s name, the branch was repainted and refurnished with new couches and rugs.

“Ann was the love of my life, and an inspiration in every single way,” said her husband, Del Mar resident Douglas Allred, at the May 21 ceremony. “I’m thrilled that this branch has improved. We’ve done the best we can and the most important thing is you kids have a good time.”

Ann Allred, a Pasadena native and longtime Del Mar resident, died May 20, 2013 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

About half of the $22,000 in her memorial fund went toward the project. The rest of the funds will go toward scholarships for children at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito’s La Colonia Branch in Solana Beach, which serves more than 60 elementary school kids and more than 40 teens each week.

Located at 12353 Carmel Park Drive in Carmel Valley, the Ann & Douglas Allred Branch serves more than 40 Carmel Del Mar Elementary kindergarten through third-grade students.

“This place is for the kids and their families,” said Carmel Valley resident Beatriz Eling, who has served as branch coordinator for 11 years. “I just want to say thank you for making this branch great, helping us not only have a really good program, but also, a very good-looking branch.”

“It looks really pretty now,” added Eling’s 8-year-old daughter Emma, a third grader at Carmel Del Mar Elementary. “It’s great. Everyone is so nice here. It’s like a family.”

For 44 years, Douglas Allred has served as a board member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. He was chairman of the board from 1984 to 1991. Because of his dedication and his leadership, the Allred Branch was named after him in 1990.

Throughout the years, his wife “enthusiastically supported” his work every step of the way, he said.

“We’re here to recognize and honor their great partnership, and the passion and commitment Ann had for the Boys & Girls Clubs,” said David Crean, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito.

“It’s a great privilege to work with these guys to help many kids throughout this whole area,” added Doug Hall, who served as the club’s first executive director in 1966. “Anne was special. And having Doug involved all these years has been very special. Without him, I guarantee you, a lot of things would not have been accomplished throughout our history.”

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