Philanthropy Spotlight: The Country Friends

A group of Rancho Santa Fe women formed The Country Friends in 1954. When it first started, the organization had 167 members. Today, there are more than 1,200 members.

The organization has distributed more than $12 million to human care agencies in San Diego County. Some of the agencies funded by The Country Friends include ARC Foundation, North County Lifeline, Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center, Helen Woodward Animal Center, Summerbridge San Diego and Angels Foster Family Agency.

Each September, The Country Friends holds an outdoor fashion show - The Art of Fashion - and luncheon at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. The runway show is sponsored by South Coast Plaza.

General membership luncheon meetings are held once a year and membership coffees are also held to help members and potential members become better acquainted with The Country Friends’ fundraising and giving efforts.

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