Orphanage effort in Solana Beach raises more than $12,000

Above: Attendees at the fundraiser enjoyed golf and tennis clinics, among other activities. Courtesy photo

On Saturday, June 28, supporters of Kimera Orphanage gathered for the third annual fundraiser at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club. Guests participated in golf and tennis clinics, an exhibition tennis game from local tennis pros, lunch, a silent auction and donation drawing.

The event brought together 65 people and raised more than $12,000.

Kimera’s founder is Eddie Sengendo. Sengendo is a tennis pro at Lomas Santa Fe who began his life in Uganda and as a child had to escape to Kenya as a refugee. His family was granted political asylum in San Diego.

Shortly after arriving at Father Joe’s Village in San Diego, he was introduced to the game of tennis and has been playing with much success ever since. He is hoping now to put both his good fortune and the game of tennis towards his goal of opening an orphanage for children outside of Kampala, Uganda.

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Eddie Sengendo, the tennis pro at Lomas Santa Fe who is leading the fundraising for the orphanage.
Eddie Sengendo, Kimera founder and Rachel McKinney, fundraiser chair