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By Miriam Raftery

April 13, 2017 (Fletcher Hills) - Steve and Deborah Loeffler of El Cajon have built and donated an intricate dollhouse to auction at the upcoming silent auction at USO San Diego’s 76th Annual Stars and Stripes Gala on May 20th.  The dollhouse was a true labor of love, built and furnished with over 1,000 hours of work by the Fletcher Hills couple.

The house is a replica of many Craftsman-style bungalows found around San Diego, especially in Kensington, North Park, and Coronado. The Marstron House- the first Arts & Crafts home built in San Diego and now owned by the San Diego Historical Society- was an inspiration for the dollhouse; many of the its exact features are replicated in the doll house.

The handmade craftsman-style bungalow dollhouse is fully electrified with lighting inside and out and even furnished, also featuring a grandfather reading to his granddaughter. Most of the paintings inside the dollhouse are original art painted by artists in France. The roof consists of over 1,300 hand-dyed cedar shingles with copper gutters, each one is hand cut and glued into place. The classic craftsman front porch is hand-planked in Mahogany and has outlets for lamps, holiday lights, and whatever the owners want to electrify. The exterior is painted in a Frank Lloyd Wright set of colors, and the inner lower floors are hand-planked Alder wood, and edged and finished. The walkway is natural slate, with an added birdbath replete with birds.

Steve Loeffler, is a retired Rear Admiral of the US NAVY, and a current Board Member of USO San Diego, dedicated to supporting our military and their families.

The 76th annual Stars and Stripes Gala has a theme this year of “Land of the Free…Because of the Brave.   Below are details:

USO San Diego Announcement Date of Its 76th Annual

Stars and Stripes Gala: Land of the Free… Because of the Brave

Honoring Malin Burham

WHAT:  76th Annual Stars and Stripes Gala: Land of the Free… Because of the Brave

WHERE:  San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina

WHEN:  Saturday, May 20, 2017

ABOUT:  The Gala, themed “Land of the Free… Because of the Brave,” will celebrate the strong, enduring relationship between San Diego and our Armed Forces. This year we will be honoring Malin Burnham, also known as “Mr. San Diego”, responsible for bringing America’s Cup to San Diego as well as his extensive charitable activities in San Diego.  Co-Chairs for the event include Stephanie Brown, Richard and Arlene Esgate, George and Hélène Gould, Sam and Reena Horowitz, and Don Breitenberg and Jeanne Jones. Mark Larson of the Mark Larson Show on AM 1170 and political analyst on KUSI, will serve as emcee.

Renowned mentalist Eran Ravenwith his spellbinding interactive performance, whose past appearances include opening for Barbara Streisand and his death-defying mentalism performances on NBC's Phenomenon.  Artist/Vocalist Joe Everson will create original artwork while singing the National Anthem, with the opportunity to bid on his final masterpiece during the live auction.

PRICING:  Individual tickets start at $500.  Sponsorships are available starting at $5000.00  

REGISTRATION:  www.usosandiego.org  or 619-235-6503


Founded in 1941, USO San Diego’s vision is to enhance the quality of life of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families worldwide and to create a cooperative relationship between U.S. military communities and involved or supporting civilian communities. USO San Diego is a premier USO Chartered Center providing morale and support services, as well as a home away from home for all members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. For more information, please visit www.usosandiego.org.