Reality Changers awarded donation by Del Mar - Solana Beach Rotary

At its regular meeting on May 16, Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary presented Christopher Yanov, founder and president of Reality Changers, with an $11,056 check for Reality Changers’ program of after-school academic support, financial assistance, and leadership training for youth from disadvantaged backgrounds in San Diego.

Reality Changers was one of two “Major Beneficiaries” of the Rotary Turf Bocce Tournament held at the Del Mar Horsepark in late March. A number of their staff and students attended the tournament, both to meet the participants and to assist in the tournament. After thanking the Rotary Club for its support, Yanov happily announced that five of their students had recently won full Gates Millennium Scholarships this year. These scholarships from the Gates Foundation cover all college expenses through Ph.D. and provide increased opportunities for outstanding minority students with significant financial need.

At this same meeting, Steve Binder, from the county’s Public Defender’s Office, spoke to Rotarians and guests about Homeless Court, a program that he started for homeless veterans 25 years ago as part of a service fair called Stand Down. The Rotary Club hands out roughly 7,000 bottles of cold water to homeless veterans and volunteers at Stand Down in July of each year.

Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary meets Friday mornings at the Morgan Run Resort over breakfast for fellowship and to plan its service projects and hear from informative speakers. Anyone interested in the Club and its projects should call Richard Fogg (858-693-7556) or Diane Huckabee (619-818-0528) or visit