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October 2, 2012 (San Diego, CA) -- On Saturday, September 22, the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation (SDBIF) sponsored a “Friendraiser” at the Mission Trails Visitor Center. Over 200 guests attended the event that raised funds for the foundation. Susan Hansen, the Executive Director of the SDBIF, stated, “…it was a great success. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They were having such a good time at the Mission Trails Visitor Center, nobody wanted to leave.”

The 200 guests were greeted by Andy Robinson, a member of the San Diego Native American Flute Circle, playing a variety of Native American flutes. There were a great number of fantastic items for the silent auction including artwork by brain injury survivors. Steve Hamann, editor of the East County Herald, conducted a very successful silent auction.


“Delicious food and superb wine was served to the guests throughout the evening. As the night sky appeared, Larry Marshall, a member of the San Diego Astronomy Association, set up a wonderful telescope attached to a video screen. This allowed everyone to see the moon in spectacular fashion,” said Jay Wilson, Executive Director at Mission Trails.

He added, “One gentleman, confined to a wheelchair, was very appreciative and stated that, `Without the video screen, I would never have been able to see the moon in such detail.’”

Santee resident Donna Lewis (bottom right in photo), a board member of the SDBIF, also has a son who is a brain injury survivor. His artwork was part of the silent auction. Proceeds from the event provide services and support for brain injury survivors. For more information, visit

Photo credits: Jay Ranard, East County Herald

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