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.
March 1, 2014 (El Cajon) - Bring your new puppy to Camp Bow Wow in El Cajon on Monday, March 3rd for a puppy socialization hour. Puppies from 10 weeks to 4 months old can romp around with each other in an indoor play yard. The puppy social starts at 7 pm and ends at 8 pm. You will have a chance to meet Behavior Buddies trainer.
By Aaron Landau
February 27, 2014 (San Diego)-- Twenty-five years ago, Eden Steele was a sixth grade teacher at Parkview School in Chula Vista. She was looking for a meaningful way to empower youth with the understanding, skills, and strategies to resolve conflicts in a non-violent way. The result was Peace Patrol©™.
February 26, 2014 (San Diego)--Sheriff's Deputies will be taking it all off … the top of their heads to help fight childhood cancer.
February 26, 2014 (San Diego)--In celebration of Black History Month and as part of its ongoing commitment to cultural diversity and responsible banking, Union Bank, N.A., has partnered with KPBS in San Diego to honor extraordinary African Americans as local heroes. The 2014 Black History Month honorees are: former professor and breast cancer awareness advocate Tessie Bonner, and J.T. Inge, Joe Earl Jackson, and Dr. Carrel Reavis, Original Montford Point Marines.
By Sharon Ann Hamilton
February 16, 2014 (San Diego)--What would you do if you realized that in San Diego County alone, about 225,500,000 pounds of textiles are purchased every year and only 15% are resold, repurposed, or recycled? Fully 85% end up in landfills.
By Janis Mork
February 15, 2014 (El Cajon)- On Saturday February 1, the 2nd Annual Lilac 5K Trail Run took place at the Crestridge Ecological Reserve. This event was a fundraiser for environmental education and outreach programs of the Earth Discovery Institute.
Written by Dennis Moore
February 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - Kelly Cole, host of “Lites-Out” on KPRI 102.1FM and a resident of Santee since 1987, has music in her heart and soul. Born and raised in San Diego, she describes “Happiness” as family, good friends and music. It certainly comes across in her chosen profession.
February 14, 2014 (La Mesa) - The Boys & Girls Clubs of East County Foundation has recruited more than 30 La Mesa community leaders who have begun raising $4.45 million. That figure represents the remaining half of $8.9 million needed to build a new clubhouse in La Mesa, renovate an existing teen center in the city and fund an endowment to operate both facilities. About $4.5 million already has been raised, according to Jerry Fazio, Foundation executive director. He said the goal is to raise the remaining funds needed over the next two years.
February 13, 2014 (San Diego)-- Tonight, the Armed Services YMCA San Diego (ASYMCA) will be hosting the 8th Annual Father & Daughter Dance: Sweet Moments, giving 450 active duty and retired military dads and their daughters a special night of family bonding. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, hundreds of active duty service members and their little girls will spend this elegant evening celebrating a valued relationship and creating memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. From dancing to dinner to professional photography, the San Diego community has come together to make this event unforgettable for all in attendance.
February 7, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- While on their month long inter-session break from Saint Augustine High School, two juniors put on a golf tournament to benefit Wounded Warriors. Tournament Director Louis Molina of Chula Vista had the initial idea to organize a golf tournament after speaking to wounded warriors on the golf course when he was younger. He invited his Saint Augustine High School golf teammate, Collin McNicholl-Carter of La Mesa, to be Assistant Director and Marketing Assistant.
AudioCulture and SDSU’s AB Samahan will team up on Saturday, February 1st from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre on University Avenue near La Mesa to raise money for the thousands of Philippine victims of super typhoon Haiyan.
The event will feature Eranetik, the Calamities, Savannah Durso, A.C.E., Ivan Cheong, Lance Retuya, Rydell Simpauco & Pia Larot, and more.
January 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- On March 7, the cities of La Mesa and Santee will hold their annual Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants. Pageant organizers are currently seeking outgoing residents ages 13-26 to participate in a program that has been a tradition in the cities since the late 1960’s and includes a mentoring program for young women. The pageants are sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce and focus on community service.
The 2014 titleholders will all receive scholarships which have been funded through past local talent and fashion show fundraising events.
The contestants will be scored on personal interview, speech, poise and personality, sportswear, evening gown and an on stage question. There is no swimsuit competition.
Block party fundraiser planned Saturday, January 11; more events planned
“I couldn’t hold back the tears…It’s amazing to think you have an entire community supporting us and loving us so deeply.” –Bree Rowand
By Janis Mork, Sharon A. Penny, and Miriam Raftery
January 10, 2014 (Alpine) -- Anyone who has been to Alpine in the last week has noticed the many pink ribbons dotting the community, with signs supporting a special young girl named Kylie Rowand battling cancer.
The day after Christmas, Kylie’s parents, Luke and Bree, took her to the doctor for what they thought was an infection in a swollen eye. Soon after, the young couple got the most devastating news any parent could receive: their beautiful,19-month old girl has cancerous tumors in her head and face, on her spleen, more on her liver, pelvic bone, spine, and bones in both legs. Though the details are frightening, there is hope. This week the family learned that another local child diagnosed in April with stage 4 neuroblastoma is now cancer free.
By Miriam Raftery
January 8, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Too often, media only reports the bad news. But there are many unsung heroes , dedicated do-gooders and citizens work to make the world a better place, proving that dreams do come true, helping others, or simply offering inspiration to us all. There are stories here that will tug at your heartstrings and, perhaps, move you to take action in some way.
Here are a dozen people and organizations who you may never have heard of; most are not famous, but all have stories worth taking to heart as we begin the New Year.
January 5, 2014 (San Diego's East County)--The Boys and Girls Clubs of East County Foundation reports it is halfway toward a goal of raising $8.9 million in donations that will be used to construct a new clubhouse in La Mesa, renovate an existing teen center and fund an endowment to operate both facilities.
Jerry Fazio, Foundation executive director, reports he has commitments of $4.45 million, including a $3 million pledge from La Mesa residents Mary Alice and Ron Brady, founders of The Brady Companies, a San Diego-based construction firm.
By Miriam Raftery
It’s the season for peace, goodwill toward men. But one out of every eight people in our world goes to bed hungry each night. Yet the world actually produces enough food to feed all of the 7 billion people on earth.
So why are so many going hungry?
By Miriam Raftery
December 31, 2013 (Alpine) – Residents of Alpine are pulling together to help a young couple whose home on Arnold Way was destroyed by a fire on Christmas Eve.
Shara Halverson and her boyfriend, Sean Barrett were away visiting friends when their home caught fire. They have no renters insurance and lost almost everything in the flames, though they are grateful for small miracles.
December 17, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – This holiday season, More on the Menu, or MOM, is asking San Diego County residents to step up to the plate — the salad plate — to help senior citizens in our region.
MOM is a non-profit program that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables to local, homebound senior neighbors across San Diego County. The organization has been dedicated to supporting seniors with home-delivered meals since 1992. But, with many seniors unable to shop for themselves or able to afford the cost of fresh produce, it is the recipients’ everyday nutrition that now seems most pressing.