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October 11, 2010 (San Diego) -- The Jarrett Meeker Foundation invites the public to its 23rd anniversary "Trek on the Wild Side" fundraising event on Saturday, October 23 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor and Interpretive Center. The event, which costs $75, includes a guided nature walk, wine and cheese reception,  barbecue dinner, live and silent auction, star gazing,  and guest speaker Dr. Patrick Abbott, professor emeritus of geology at San Diego StateUniversity, discussing earthquakes and their effects here in San Diego.

This Fundraiser helps provide funds required to maintain outdoor educational programs, particularly an third grade overnight campout for the students of Central Elementary School in City Heights.


Schedule of Events provided by the Jarrett Meeker Foundation:

4:30 - 5:30........ Outdoor guided educational walk to learn about the Park's geology, plants, animals & history

5:30 - 6:00....... Wine & Cheese Reception sponsored by San Pasqual Winery
6:00 - 8:30....... Tour the Center, Silent Auction, Opportunity Drawings, Star Gazing, other fun activities to enjoy
6:30 - 8:00....... Barbeque dinner by Bekker's West Coast Catering
8:30..................Dessert and Live Auction
8:45 - 9:15........Special guest speaker, Dr. Patrick Abbott, Professor Emeritus of Geology at San Diego State University. Dr. Abbott will discuss Earthquakes and their effects here in San Diego.


About the Guest Speaker:


Dr. Patrick Abbott, Professor Emeritus of Geology San Diego State University is a native San Diegan and is a Hoover High grad. He received his PhD in geology from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Abbott is the author of the college textbook "Natural Disasters" published by McGraw-Hill (8th edition in production) and he is the author of the Rise and Fall of San Diego published by Sunbelt Books.

For more information about The Jarrett Meeker Foundation visit – www.theJMF.org

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