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Frog race offers $10,000 first prize, all to benefit St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center

By Caprice Harrison

April 3, 2013 (El Cajon) – St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center in El Cajon will host its 15th annual, “Morning Glory Brunch- With a Country Flair” on Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This special event is being held in the Center’s Organic Garden, located at 2119 East Madison Avenue, El Cajon. The event includes:

  • Over 20 food and beverage stations from local restaurants
  • Boutique shopping
  • Live music and entertainment on multiple stages
  • “Arts Alive!” floral creations by Jasmine Creek Florist
  • The eighth-annual, “Frog Race” with $10,000 in cash prizes!

NEW features this year include: Children’s activities, arts and crafts, face-painting and a “Froggie Pond” with kid-friendly prizes! Each “froggie” is only $5 or, three (3) for $10. Each “frog” is $100 or $150 for two (2).

Several local restaurants, wineries and breweries will be participating in the Morning Glory Brunch, such as:

  • Anthony’s Fish Grotto
  • Ballast Point
  • Coffee Ambassador
  • Downtown Cafe
  • Grove Pastry Shop
  • Hacienda Casa Blanca
  • Helm's Brewing Co.
  • Hilton San Diego Bayfront
  • Hooley's
  • Kip's Cafe
  • La Serenissima
  • Nicolosi's Italian Retaurant
  • O's American Kitchen
  • On The Border
  • Por Favor Restaurant
  • PRP Wine International
  • Rock Canyon Vineyard
  • Rubio's Fresh Mex
  • San Pasqual Winery
  • Stone Brewing Co.
  • Sycuan Casino
  • The Brigantine - La Mesa

Admission prices beginning April 1 are:

  • Regular Admission- $75,
  • Couple’s Package- $200 (includes two  regular admissions and two frogs),
  • Children ages 7-12 years of age- $25,
  • Children age six and under are FREE!

The music of Paul Cannon, The Fuzzy Rankin Trio, Jason Weber and more will be showcased. Guests can enjoy garden demonstrations from San Diego County Master Gardner Association member, Carol Stevens, as well as SMSC Organic Garden Manager, Marian Happ. Visitors should make sure not to miss the special cooking demonstration from Chef Bernard, cooking a recipe from his award-winning cookbook, “Flying Pans.”

This special brunch serves as a fundraiser to benefit the St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center organic gardens, where students branch out as important contributors to their community, as well as its aquatics programs, where students learn that a weekly exercise program will help them to reduce stress, enhance self-confidence and improve physical health.

This occasion is ADA accessible; electric carts will be available to transport guests with special mobility needs to and from the upper garden.

To learn more about St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center’s programs, visit: To purchase tickets and for more information, visit:; or call Kira Holt at: (619) 442-5129 x115, or Neil Fullerton at x333.

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