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SWING WITH SANTA GOLF TOURNAMENT RAISED OVER $16,000 FOR ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE’S CENTER

 

Annual event raised funds for SMSC’s 2018 student holiday celebration

Source: St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center

Photos by Jennie Edwards, Guided By Imagination Photography

November 16, 2018 (El Cajon) --St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) held its 5th annual Swing with Santa Golf Tournament on Friday, November 2, 2018. The sold-out event raised more than $16,000 to fund SMSC’s 2018 Student Holiday Celebration. The annual golf tournament featured a fun-filled day of games, a silent auction, food and more.

Golfers received a round of golf, lunch, a happy hour reception and a gift bag. Guests also met Santa and Elvis, who arrived to the golf course by helicopter, and SMSC student, Sam Dupree, sang the national anthem to help kick off the golf tournament. The Presenting Sponsor for this year’s Golf Tournament was Sycuan Casino, Tournament Sponsor was Keller Williams Realty San Diego East Foothills, and the On the Green Sponsors included A. Vidovich Construction Co., Cartwright Termite & Pest Control, Inc., EDCO Disposal, Lundy Insurance Services, Inc. and SDG&E.

NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR EL CAJON’S 2018 “CITIZEN OF THE YEAR”

 

 

Source: City of El Cajon

November 14, 2018 (El Cajon) -- Each year El Cajon’s civic, service, and fraternal organizations select the El Cajon “Citizen of the Year” from the many people in El Cajon who contribute to El Cajon through years of volunteer civic and community service. Active community groups, or individuals, can nominate a candidate for the “Citizen of the Year” by sending a representative of your organization to the Selection Committee meetings.  Your Nomination must be submitted on a special form and must strictly comply with the Rules for Selection.  

MANY FAITHS JOIN AS ONE AT BETH ISRAEL VIGIL FOR PITTSBURGH MASSACRE VICTIMS

 

 

By Donald H. Harrison

Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  Members of different faiths and communities united in solidarity against hate. Photo by Chris Stone

November 1, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego is 2,450 miles from Pittsburgh, but the psychological distance Monday was zero as representatives of many faiths filled Congregation Beth Israel’s sanctuary and social hall to overflowing.

ENVISION LA MESA’S CLEAN UP MAKES THE WEST SIDE SHINE

 

Source: Envision La Mesa

October 24, 2018 (La Mesa) -- Last Saturday, volunteers from across the City of La Mesa took a hand in cleaning up University Avenue at Envision La Mesa’s “Shining Our Streets” event. Neighbors and students from nearby Helix High School gathered unsightly trash, reported issues requiring the city’s attention through the YourGov app and dropped by to thank local businesses who chipped in to ensure participants had the supplies they needed for a successful event.

DONATE TOYS FOR LA MESA MILITARY FAMILIES TOY DRIVE

 

East County News Service

October 22, 2018 (La Mesa) -- Make the holidays special for military children and families that live in La Mesa military housing. La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is gathering toys, diapers and items for children between the ages of 2 - 13 years old. The Chamber will host a toy drive party at BJ's restaurant in Grossmont Center on December 4th from 5:30 - 7 p.m. to celebrate. Bring a new, unwrapped toy and join in the fun! 

WHY INTERGENERATIONAL PROGRAMS ARE BENEFICIAL TO BOTH SENIORS AND YOUTH

 

By Susan Ashby

October 21, 2018 (San Diego) - While 94 percent of Americans believe there is value and knowledge seniors can pass along to children, under 30 percent actually know of places in their community that bring generations together. This issue is compounded when families are spread out across the United States and even the world. Grandparents aren’t always able to interact with grandchildren in person. Thankfully, intergenerational programs can bring seniors and youth together in ways that better the society at large.

BOY SCOUTS NEED HELP AFTER TRAILER THEFTS

 

East County News Service

October 18, 2018 (El Cajon) - Boy Scout Troop 363 in El Cajon needs help after thefts of two trailers containing all of their gear and equipment—including supplies needed to run their annual Christmas Tree lot sales in December, a fundraiser that sustains the scouts year-round camping program.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT CONTINUES FOOD ASSISTANCE SUPPORT TO EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS

 

East County News Service

October 15, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is continuing its support of community organizations working to address hunger and food insecurity among residents in the East County Region with recent grants totaling $85,500 to three food distribution nonprofits, including Meals on Wheels, Jewish Family Service of San Diego and the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.

SANTEE WOMAN INJURED IN AFRICA NEEDS FUNDS TO COME HOME

 

GoFundMe page started to pay for medical evacuation flight

By Miriam Raftery

October 10, 2018 (Santee) – Jeanette Craig, a retiree from Santee, has been seriously injured while vacationing in Lesotho, an African nation, when a tour bus overturned. Three people were killed and 12 injured. Craig suffered a fractured pelvis and leg, as well as torn ligaments, 10 News reports.

“Regular airlines will not transport her because of the severity of her injuries. The cost is estimated at $160,000,” says Nicolas Wiseman, a friend who started a GoFundMe page to help Craig return home. “While Jeanette has travel insurance, it will not cover these costs.”

WASTE MANAGEMENT AND MOTHER GOOSE PARADE ORGANIZERS LAUNCH FOOD DRIVE IN ADVANCE OF HOLIDAY SEASON

 

 

Food drive benefiting East County Transitional Living Center starts Oct. 5

Source: Waste Management 

October 10, 2018 (El Cajon) -  For the second consecutive year, Waste Management of San Diego and the Mother Goose Parade Association have launched a non-perishable food drive benefiting the East County Transitional Living Center. The drive will run Oct. 5 through Nov. 16 and will culminate with food being collected at the Mother Goose Parade on Nov. 18.

JOIN LA MESA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HELP HOMEBOUND SENIORS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

 

Source: La Mesa Chamber of Commerce

October 10, 2018 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce encourages you to join them and make a difference in the lives of La Mesa homebound seniors. The Chamber is gathering items now through November 30th for 24 seniors as part of its annual drive.

TAKING A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY ABOARD A WORLD WAR II B-17

 

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

October 9, 2018 (El Cajon) – Aboard an exhilarating flight on a World War II B-17G warbird named the Sentimental Journey, WWII veterans told spellbinding stories about their experiences as combat pilots and prisoners of war.  This peace-time flight out of El Cajon’s Gillespie Field was offered on October 1st  to members of the press and public, thanks to the Arizona Memorial Museum’s staff and flight crew.  

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT CONTINUES TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS SERVING HOMELESS, REFUGEE POPULATIONS

 

East County News Service

October 9, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is continuing its support of community organizations that assist specialized populations in the East Region, including homeless and refugee groups, with recent grants to Crisis House and Survivors of Torture International.

CHICK-FIL-A PARTNERS WITH SAN DIEGO REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO HOST `LOCAL HERO FAMILY NIGHT’ ON TUESDAY, OCT. 9TH

 

East County News Service

October 8 2018 (San Diego's East County) – The 14 Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County are partnering with local law enforcement agencies to host a “Local Hero Family Night” fundraiser for the annual San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive benefiting Rady Children’s Hospital - San Diego. On Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m., San Diego Chick-fil-A restaurants will donate 15 percent of event sales to law enforcement officials to purchase new teddy bears and stuffed animals for children receiving care at Rady Children’s Hospital. Chick-fil-A restaurants in the East County are located at 8200 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa, and 9418 Mission Gorge Road, Santee.

GLITZ AND GLAMOUR AT MASQUERADE BALL FOR ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE’S CENTER

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

October 4, 2018 (El Cajon) – Masked guests, exciting musical entertainment and a glamourous fashion show at the elegant Crystal Ballroom in El Cajon were all part of an evening of glitz and glamour at a Masquerade Ball September 28th to benefit St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center.

SAN DIEGO'S DINE OUT FOR THE CURE: EAST COUNTY RESTAURANTS UNITE TO RAISE CRITICAL FUNDS FOR BREAST CANCER SERVICES OCT. 18

 

East County News Service

October 2, 2018 (San Diego) - Susan G. Komen San Diego (Komen San Diego), the largest nonprofit funder of breast cancer research outside of the U.S. government, will hold its sixth annual Dine Out for the Cure® on Thursday, Oct. 18. The community fundraiser will take place at local restaurants, bakeries and coffeehouses across our region, including numerous East County eateries. Each restaurant will donate 10 to 25 percent of their sales to support free mammograms, financial assistance, breast cancer research and public policy. Komen San Diego hopes to raise $35,000 this year.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF EAST COUNTY SCHEDULES RIBBON CUTTING IN LA MESA FOR NEW BRADY FAMILY CLUBHOUSE AND GAGON ACADEMY

East County News Service

September 24, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Boys and Girls Clubs of East County (BGCEC) has scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the end of 14 months of construction for its new Brady Family Clubhouse in La Mesa that houses the Gagon Academy, a learning center and homework room, and the Bill Walton Gymnasium.

SAN MIGUEL FIREFIGHTERS CLIMBED 110 FLIGHTS IN MEMORIAL TRIBUTE TO 911 HEROES

 

By Miriam Raftery

View video:  https://www.facebook.com/SanMiguelFireRescue/videos/666970520352994/

September 23, 2018 (San Diego) – Firefighters from the San Miguel Fire District joined with other first responders locally in the 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb in San Diego. They ascended 110 stories – the height of the fallen World Trade Center’s twin towers in New York--at the Hilton San Diego Bay Front Hotel on September 8th.

EL CAJON LIBRARY TO HOST POP-UP CLOTHING STORE FOR THE HOMELESS SEPT. 29

 

 

East County News Service 

September 22, 2018 (El Cajon) -- The forgotten clothes in your closet could help someone in your community. The El Cajon Library (201 E. Douglas Ave.) is partnering with The Street Store to hold a pop-up clothing store for the homeless on Saturday, September 29th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

ALPINE FOUNDATION HELPFUL TO FIRE SURVIVORS, OTHERS

 

By Jo Moreland, Alpine-Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce

September 13, 2018 (Alpine) - As a result of Alpine’s West Fire, a local organization to help provide tax-deductible donations for local causes is now a significant one for fire survivors. Thanks to generous people, businesses and organizations, donations for West Fire survivors are being made available for distribution through the Alpine Community Foundation.

HOPE FOR IRAQI CHRISTIANS HOSTS FUNDRAISER SEPT. 28 TO HELP REFUGEES

 

 

East County News Service

September 13, 2018 (El Cajon) - Local nonprofit Hope for Iraqi Christians is hosting a gala fundraising dinner on Friday, September 28 at 6:30 p.m.  All proceeds will benefit refugees in Iraq and throughout the Middle East who have been driven out of their homes by conflict and genocide in the Middle East throughout the last several years. The event will be held at the University of San Diego Forums Hall, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego.

MASQUERADE BALL TO BENEFIT ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE'S: A NIGHT TO REMEMBER SEPT. 28 AT CRYSTAL PALACE IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 7, 2018 (El Cajon) – Enjoy “A Night To Remember,” a masquerade ball at the beautiful Crystal Palace in El Cajon to benefit St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center on September 28 from 7 p.m. to midnight.  No need for a tux – your mask is your costume!   Ticket deadline is Sept. 23.

Also savor dinner and an open bar, view a fashion show with local designers and models, and enjoy live entertainment by saxophonist Doug Allen and violinist Melissa Barriso, plus a DJ to dance the night away. An event photographer will capture special photo backdrops during this magical evening of festivities.

LIBRARY GETS IN TOUCH WITH KIDS WITH AUTISM

 

 

A simple suggestion from a parent at the La Mesa Branch Library has initiated a new program for kids with autism.

“It’s one of the best things I’ve heard about in a while for kids on the spectrum,” said Matthew Wion, a dad with two kids on the spectrum who has been taking advantage of the new program.

BENEFIT SEPT. 8 TO HELP MORE WEST FIRE SURVIVORS IN ALPINE

 

 

East County News Service 

August 31, 2018 (Alpine) -- The Alpine Fire Survivors Fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 8, in Alpine will provide entertainment while raising money for people who need help after the recent West Fire. A car show, Kids Zone activities, blues band Chet and the Committee, food for sale, an opportunity drawing, vendors and more are scheduled from 2 -7 p.m. at the American Legion Post at 3328 Alpine Blvd.  

SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK TEAMS UP WITH CAL COAST CREDIT UNION TO GIVE BACK TO LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS

 

Source:  Cal Coast Credit Union

August 30, 2018 (San Diego) - California Coast Credit Union and San Diego Zoo Global have partnered on a promotion thanking area firefighters with free admission to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.  Firefighters and up to three guests will receive free one-day admission during the month of September.

MILLIONS POURING INTO EAST COUNTY TO ADDRESS HOMELESSNESS

 

Next meeting set for Sept. 6 in Lakeside as community seeks solutions to its growing homelessness problem

By Ana Nita

View video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOWE1HAQS7c&feature=youtu.be

August 29, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- Eric J. Lund, Director of the East County Homeless Task Force and CEO of the East County Chamber of Commerce, announced last week that East County will receive $2 million out of the $18.8 million in state funding for San Diego County to solve the homelessness problem.

HUNDREDS TURN OUT TO HELP FIRE SURVIVORS IN ALPINE

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

August 19, 2018 (Alpine) – “Your life can change at the drop of dime,” Lisa Ford told a standing-room only crowd of more than 400 people packed the Alpine Community Center last night for a fundraiser to help survivors of the West Fire.

CASA DE ORO ALLIANCE AWARDED GRANT TO TRANSFORM AREA

 

East County community receives $500,000 toward effort

East County News Service

August 11, 2018 (Casa de Oro) -- The Casa de Oro Alliance has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to improve the Campo Road business corridor in the East County community.

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