Torrey Pines High School Foundation resolves to make 2013 fundraiser a success

The Torrey Pines High School Spring Auction Committee is pumping up efforts to obtain auction items for the annual “Pump Up the Volume” fundraiser to be held at the Belly Up in Solana Beach on March 23 from 5- 8 p.m. Committee members are canvasing the community reaching out to individuals and businesses to secure donations for the annual auction which supports the TPHS Foundation’s Support All Students (SAS) fund. Proceeds will be used to purchase cutting edge computers and other technology equipment for use by students.

“We are looking for a wide array of fabulous, exciting, or useful items to auction at our online and live auctions,” said auction co-chair Connie Cannon. “No item is too big or too small or too exotic.”

According to Helen Nordan, auction co-chair, some exciting items are already coming in. “We have received a fighter pilot package, Invisalign braces, a fun beach “girls night” package, spa treatments, exercise memberships, and a week stay at homes in Sun Valley, Idaho and in New Zealand,” Nordan said. “But we are still looking for additional items to make our auction a huge success.”

This year marks the Foundation’s 20th anniversary.

“This is an especially important year for our fundraiser,” says Bobbi Karlson, Foundation director. “We are commemorating a milestone anniversary and have a lot to celebrate.” Staff is diligently tracking down the 29 founding members from 1993 to recognize them at the event. “There are many people who have contributed over the past 20 years to help improve the high school experience for each Torrey Pines High School student and we want to honor those who started it all,” Karlson added.

The kickoff event for the spring fundraiser is “Toast to Torrey” which will be held on Feb. 24 from 5- 7 p.m. at the Pacific Athletic Club. For reservations, to make a donation, or for more information on the auction or events, please visit

The Torrey Pines High School Foundation is a 501-C-3 corporation founded in 1993 which not only fundraises to provide state of the art technology and cutting edge programs to promote personal social growth, leadership and independence for all students, but also acts as the umbrella organization for parent volunteers and provides support for all booster groups on campus.

The Foundation is requesting assistance in locating many of its charter members and ask that they please contact the TPHS Foundation at 858-793-3551. They are: Jim Ashcraft, Judy Bartolotta, Ann Crosbie, Joyce Dalessandro, Jim Farley, Ellen Glynn, Diane Goldberger, Simeon Greenstein, Linda Grimes, Nancy McAdam, Mimi Miller, Jeff Nelson, Joan Neumann, Terry Paul, Audrey Phillips, Bill Potter, Shields Richardson, George Robinson, Susan Rumley, Elaine Shaw, Arkal Shenoy, Elaine Sinnock, Susan Stone, Susan Ulevitch, Sara Vance, Patricia Von Euw, Janis Werschkul, Christine Willems, and Reni Zivin.