By Miriam Raftery
June 6, 2014 (El Cajon) – The El Cajon Police Officers Association (ECPOA) has pitched in to try and lift the spirits of an immigrant teen who suffered life-threatening injuries trying to save his mother’s life.
The boy, 15, nicknamed “Buddy”, moved to El Cajon 15 months ago with his mother and adult brother, after his father was kidnapped in Iraq. His father has not been seen or heard from since, and is presumed dead, said Travis Howard, vice president of the ECPOA.
But now, Buddy is without both parents--and his brother.
By Leon Thompson
May 30, 2014 (Lakeside) -- “Heartland Charter School helped me get a job,” said Andy Casteruita. “I learned good work habits and leadership skills.” Andy is one of 49 students at the Heartland Coalition’s one year old Youth Build Charter High School with classes and an office on Orange Avenue in City Heights.
May 29, 2014 (Rolando)--Sophia Pruden, a 13 year old Rolando resident, hosted the 7th annual Cookies for a Cure fundraiser last Sunday, May 25, in loving memory of her aunt, Amy Pruden, who passed due to Leukemia in 2007.
May 30, 2014 (San Diego)--Future Quest, which exists to ignite and equip youth ministries from all over southern California, will hold its seventeenth annual Youth Conference June 25-27, 2014. The conference is a ministry of the Foothills Christian Church in El Cajon.
By Peggy Buffo
May 22, 2014 (El Cajon)—ACES, the El Cajon Animal Center for Education and Services Fooundation, is holding “Barkitecture 2014”, an animal house auction on June 1st at O’s American Kitchen, Parkway Plaza from 5 to 7 p.m. The Aces Foundation is a 501c3 formed to assist the El Cajon Animal Shelter.
Hear a podcast of our radio interview on KNSJ with Tad Parzen, City Heights Partnership: http://www.kiwi6.com/file/sjqbi6s8mf
By Janis Russell
May 22, 2014 (City Heights)- The mission of the City Heights Partnership for Children, which has been in existence since 2011, is for young people to emerge as adults with the skills to succeed in college or a career and enter adulthood as productive members of the community. From preparing children to kindergarten to saving youngster's vision and even lives, the Partnership is attracting national attention for its successes.
By Miriam Raftery
Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News
May 17, 2014 (La Mesa) – A Kaiser Hospital nurse who rescued a baby and helped save the driver of a burning car in La Mesa has been honored for her actions at the Burn Institute’s Spirit of Courage Awards ceremony held on May 15th.
May 17, 2014 (El Cajon) – The Aces Foundation is hosting a Special Auction Event benefitting the El Cajon Animal Shelter on June 1, from 5 – 7 p.m. at O’s American Kitchen, Parkway Plaza, El Cajon. Barkitecture Animal Houses will be up for auction.
By Miriam Raftery
May 16, 2014 (Campo)—Jerry Weber lost everything in a fire that destroyed his trailer and all his belongings on May 13 in Campo. He has no fire insurance, relies on his Social Security income, and has both diabetes and a heart condition, according to Maria Amaya.
“He’s been my customer for many years,” said Amaya, who is accepting donated items for Weber at Angelous Barber Shop and Beauty Salon in Campo. The greatest need, however, is a trailer for him to live in.
Weber is presently living in his car despite 100 degree temperatures, determined to remain on his property, Amaya said. He has no water on site, nor electrictiy.
In addition, a fundraiser to benefit Weber will be held on Monday, May 26 at the Bucking DeLorian restaurant in Lakeside. The restaurant will donate 15% of proceeds and is also encouraging the public to bring donations of food, clothing, household goods, toiletries and funds. For details on how you can help, click "read more" and scroll down.
May 15, 2014 (Rancho San Diego)--San Diego Las Hermanas, a group of women dedicated to meeting the needs of East County, has raised over $600,000 for local charities in the 12 years they have been serving the community. This year they are raising money for Fostering Opportunities/Dollars for Scholars, Include Autism and The Challenge Center.
By Janis Russell
May 3, 2014 (Alpine)- Last Saturday, April 27, a crowd came out to support Dawn August, her husband and their sons, Daniel and Nathan, at the second annual Angela August ‘Fun-raiser’ (For the Love of Angela) at Alpine Town Hall. This fundraising event for Mothers Against Drunk Drivers was held to honor the memory of 25 year old Angela August, who was killed by a drunk driver on June 11, 2012--just five days before she was going to walk and graduate summa cum laude with her graduating class at UC San Diego.
By Janis Russell
April 30, 2014 (Spring Valley)- Royal Family Kids Camp provides a network of camps and mentor clubs for children of abuse, abandonment, and neglect. The vision is that “every foster child, ages 6-12, experiences a life-changing camp, club and mentor.” The mission is to “create life- changing moments for children of abuse.” The purpose is to “mobilize the faith community to confront child abuse.”
April 26, 2015 (Spring Valley)--In honor of International Rotarians at Work Day, members of the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary broke ground Saturday, April 26th, on a new fruit orchard for the residents of Noah Homes, a nonprofit in Spring Valley celebrating 30 years of residential care, community advocacy and collaborative services for adults with developmental disabilities.
By Miriam Raftery
April 19, 2014 (El Cajon ) – More than $45,000 was raised at this year’s Morning Glory Brunch, held on April 12 at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center in El Cajon to benefit the center’s innovative programs helping the developmentally disabled.
A highlight of the occasion included the ever-popular frog race, which had more than 500 entries this year vying for prizes. St. Madeleine’s swim team helped the plastic frog “contestants” along, kicking and splashing at the edge of the pool, while a “frog princess” at the opposite end declared the official winners.
View a video of the frog race: http://youtu.be/o6kFCc-V2Uk
Click "read more" and scroll down for more photos and details from this event.
- Golfers join Lakeside Firefighters to raise money to fund afterschool programs for East County youth -
April 15, 2014 (Lakeside)--On Tuesday, May 6, the Lakeside Firefighter’s Association will host the First Annual Lakeside Firefighters Golf Tournament at Cottonwood Golf Course benefitting Stoney’s Kids, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that funds programs that help East County children develop skills, self-esteem and confidence.
April 14, 2014 (El Cajon) - El Cajon Valley Host Lions are preparing for their fund-raising "Gunsmoke IV" night, Saturday, May 17 at the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon. The evening activities will take place from 6-10 pm and is billed as a "Night of Gamblin' 'n Carousin' in an Old West Saloon. The Winchester Widows are assisting the Lions in the presentation and are pictured with members of the club in making preparations for the extravaganza.
Photo, left: Guests at Viejas Band of the Kumeyaay Indians table at the Children's Ball
By Miriam Raftery
More than 400 people from throughout San Diego and East County attended the 48th annual Children’s Ball. Held at the U.S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego, this elegant gathering benefitted the Boys and Girls Clubs of East County.
This year, the event honored Mary Alice and Ron Brady (photo, right), founders of the Brady Companies which recently donated $3 million to the Boys and Girls Clubs of East County. A new Brady Family Clubhouse on the campus of La Mesa Middle School will be named in their honor. The Boys and Girls Clubs of East County serve over 3,000 children every year.
April 9, 2014 (El Cajon)-At a special ceremony held last month, Katy Chapman received the California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS) District 12 (San Diego and Imperial Counties) Part-Time Recognition Award. Chapman, a Recreation Specialist with the City of El Cajon’s Recreation Department, was recognized for her years of dedication, enthusiasm, professionalism, and willingness to go above and beyond in her service to the organization and the community. At the April 8 City Council meeting, the Mayor and Council congratulated her on this prestigious award.
By Miriam Raftery
March 31, 2014 (Ramona)--If you have a tuxedo or formal gown hanging in your closet that you no longer need, Ramona High School is asking that you donate these items to help students who can’t otherwise afford to attend their prom on May 3rd.
March 29, 2014 (San Diego) - The San Diego Advertising Fund for Emergencies (SAFE), a volunteer, non-profit organization (501c3) providing confidential financial assistance to local advertising and marketing professionals and their families facing a life crisis emergency, will host its 13th annual fundraising party from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, at the Ivy Rooftop Lounge atop the Andaz Hotel, 600 “F” St., in the Gaslamp District in Downtown San Diego.
By Miriam Raftery
March 22, 2014 (El Cajon )—Volunteers from the Heartlands Lions Club took to the runway today in the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon to model limited edition fashions from Eccoci Collections in the Viejas Outlet Center. It was all part of the 26th annual Champagne Luncheon and Fashion Show, which supports projects including helping the blind and supporting local youth activities.
Two $500 scholarships were also presented at the event, which drew a full house.
MOUNTAIN HEALTH PROVIDES TRANSPORTATION FOR SENIORS AND DISABLED RESIDENTS IN RURAL EAST COUNTY THROUGH VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
March 20, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) --Raul was blind for four years due to diabetes. He lives alone and couldn’t leave his house, walk to the store or do daily tasks. Last winter he was very cold because he couldn’t see well enough to make a warm fire.
With the help of Mountain Health’s Senior Transportation Program, Raul has been able to get to and from his doctor’s appointments including surgery for his eyes, and pick up his eye drops and diabetes medications. Today, Raul can see 70% better in his right eye after having multiple surgeries. He recently underwent surgery on his left eye that resulted in seeing shadows and light.
Raul said, “Your program is God sent. Without it, none of this would have happened. It’s just a miracle!” He has a better outlook on life and states with a huge smile on his face, “My future is looking brighter now that I can see my grandkids.”
By Miriam Raftery
March 19, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—The elegant U.S. Grant Hotel will be the site of the 48th annual Children’s Ball on March 29 at 6 p.m. This event benefits more than 3,000 children served each year by Boys & Girls Clubs of East County—and you’re invited.
Guests will enjoy the ambiance of the cocktail lounge complete with combo, designer drinks, silent auction, three grand drawing prizes and the ever famous seafood buffet. In addition admission includes dinner, a live auction, dancing and an opportunity to meet some very special Club members.
This special event honors Ron & Mary Alice Brady for their commitment to build The Brady Family Clubhouse & Teen Center and improving the lives of the children in La Mesa. “It’s better to build kids than try to mend adults” is not only Mr. Brady’s mantra, but has inspired the theme of this year’s Children’s Ball; Building a Better Future.
March 19, 2014 (El Cajon) - Sunday, March 16 was a beautiful day for a race in the City of El Cajon, as RunEC held its second annual “St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon, Main Street 5K, and Green Mile.”
March 15, 2014 (El Cajon )—A benefit concert will be held today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in El Cajon to help the family of Bella Noble cover the costs of Life Flight, hospitalization and funeral services. Bella, 5, died after a tragic vehicle accident on October 17, 2013.
“Bella and her brother, William, attended many musical events with their mom Sheri, and their dad, Bill, who has provided sound engineering services for many of the county's top musicians. Many of the musicians have recounted about how much Bella loves to sing and dance at their events, so a concert is a very fitting way to pay respects to her! In fact, the last time I saw Bella, she was dancing with her dad at my wedding - I'll never forget that image. It would mean the world to Bella to see everyone at the concert dancing - as she'll be dancing alongside us all in spirit,” says Mike Reilly.
March 11, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Through March 17, you can vote once every 24 hours to help the MTRP Foundation win up to $15,000 for a “Technology Makeover” for the 8 Rangers at MTRP. The MRC Company “Smart Technology Solutions” is the largest technology and services company in the San Diego area specializing in workflow solutions and office systems. They are currently running a contest to provide the winning 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation with up to a $15,000 technology upgrade for their office. The winner will be decided by the number of votes cast on-line through March 17. Here is the LINK to vote and you can vote once every 24 hours. Scroll down the right hand side of the webpage until you come to Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) Foundation and click the “Vote” button to help us win. The funds will be used to provide the 8 Rangers at MTRP with wifi connected tablets such as the Microsoft Surface Pro.
By Helen Ofield
Photos by Audrey Hamm
March 10, 2014 (Lemon Grove)--On Mar. 6, the 50th anniversary of its annual conference on regional history, the Congress of History of San Diego and Imperial Counties (www.congressofhistory.org) gave important awards to five present and former Lemon Grove residents for enriching and advancing the history of the region. The Congress's vice president Louise Torio (chair, Friends of the Villa Montezuma, Inc.) presented the awards.
Hear our radio interview with Dr. Carolle Jean-Murat on KNSJ: http://kiwi6.com/file/t6zfwlgfk1
By Janis Mork
March 5, 2014 (El Cajon)- Dr. Carolle Jean-Murat, who has her own healing center on Mt. Helix and was born and raised in Haiti, was recently selected as one of 22 ‘Brilliant, Beautiful, and Brave Black Women’ and her profile is on display in the women’s museum in San Diego until March 28.
They had looked for women who did a lot for the community, and that is what Murat has done. In an interview with East County Magazine, she provided more details into her efforts to help people in Haiti and here in our local communities.
NFL QUARTERBACK TO SERVE AS PRINCIPAL FOR A DAY AT HIS FORMER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN ALPINE
March 3, 2014 (Alpine) – On Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Ryan Lindley, Quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals, will visit Alpine Elementary School. Lindley will assume mock Principal duties for the day at his former elementary school and spend his time reading to select classes and providing the students with helpful tips on how to excel academically.
March 1, 2014 (El Cajon) –Feral Cat Coalition (FCC), who has a permanent spay/neuter facility located in El Cajon, announces the start of its 2014 Feral & Friends Price-Matching Campaign. Starting today through March 25th, a generous donor will match all donations to FCC dollar-for-dollar. To make a donation, go to www.feralcat.com/pricematch or mail your contribution to Feral Cat Coalition, 9225 Miramar Rd., PMB 160, San Diego, CA 92126. All donations are tax deductible.