September 20, 2012


Harvest for Hope to bring food, wine lovers together to support Emilio Nares Foundation

The ninth annual Harvest for Hope event on Sunday will bring together some of the finest chefs in San Diego for an afternoon of food, wine and music benefitting the Emilio Nares Foundation.

Diane and Richard Nares started the foundation in San Diego in 2002, just two years after they lost their son, Emilio, at age 5 to acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The foundation now serves more than 5,000 patients and families in San Diego and Orange counties, providing transportation to low-income and underprivileged families that have a child battling cancer. In addition to transportation, the foundation also provides information and resources to the families, according to a release. 

The event costs $125 per person, and will take place at Stingaree in downtown San Diego on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. To RSVP online, go to

Rescue Mission's Sleepless America event to raise funds for homeless

The San Diego Rescue Mission will host its sixth annual Sleepless America San Diego event from 3 p.m. on Sept. 29 to 7 a.m. on Sept. 30 at Liberty Station. The all-night sleepout educates San Diegans on ways they can help those on the streets, and it generates funds to help thousands of local homeless men, women and children put their lives back together.

The Rescue Mission provides sanctuary for the homeless, including long-term rehabilitation and restorative programs, an emergency shelter for women and children, and a recovery center for the homeless leaving the hospital.

The approximately 1,000 participants of Sleepless America San Diego will spend a safe night under the stars, enjoy live music, hear testimonies from people who have been helped by partner organizations and engage in fireside chats that focus on the personal aspects of homelessness, said Herb Johnson, president and CEO of the San Diego Rescue Mission, according to a release.

To register, visit

Motorcycle ride, BBQ to benefit medical research for veterans

Local veterans from all five branches of service will participate in Veterans Research Corp.ís second annual Wings, Wheels and Warriors motorcycle ride, poker run and barbecue, raising money for local medical research benefitting veterans.

The event begins Sept. 29 at 8 a.m. with a 95-mile ride through San Diegoís backcountry, beginning at the Escondido American Legion and ending at Biggs Harley Davidson in San Marcos for a barbecue and performance by local band The Last Call, according to a release.

The event gives local motorcyclists an opportunity to mingle with local veterans and support a cause that benefits active-duty military and veterans in San Diego and throughout the nation. Veterans Research Corp. provides funding to local medical research addressing veterans' health concerns ó including post-traumatic stress disorder, Gulf War syndrome and traumatic brain injury.

The cost is $25 for a single rider and $15 for a backseat rider. To register in advance, visit

Zoo celebration's proceeds to go toward Institute for Conservation Research

On Saturday afternoon, the San Diego Zoo will host its 32nd annual Food & Wine Celebration.

Since the eventís inception in 1980, it has generated more than $5 million in proceeds for the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Comprised of more than 150 scientists, the institute’s research team is committed to developing, sharing and applying scientific knowledge vital to the conservation of animals, plants and habitats worldwide. 

The zoo will close its doors to the public on Saturday, and attending guests will have a chance to take a stroll through the park while enjoying food and beverage tastings from more than 175 local vendors, live music entertainment, a silent auction, animal meet-ups, and rides on the Skyfari aerial tram, according to a release.

San Diego-based tech company Cymer Inc.  (Nasdaq: CYMI) will sponsor the event for the seventh consecutive year.

Oceanside foundation awards grants to nonprofits promoting STEM education

The Oceanside Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, gave a record $69,250 in grants to three community nonprofits that promote science, technology, engineering and math education, also known as STEM, in Oceanside.

The programs – San Diego Coast Keeperís Project SWELL: Stewardship: Water Education for Lifelong Leadership, MiraCosta College’s STEM Camp, and The Kid’s College’s STEM Extended Learning Enrichment Programs ó received their grants at the fourth annual grants celebration on Sept. 13.

“Weíre extremely proud to support these incredible programs in Oceanside,” said George Brown, chairman of the Oceanside Charitable Foundation’s Grants Committee, according to a release. “The grantees will strengthen teacher ability in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, and will help prepare our students for careers that require these crucial areas of knowledge.”

Mama's Kitchen wine tasting raises more than $26,000

Mamaís Kitchen has announced that its 17th annual Wine Tasting at Bourbon Street in University Heights on Aug. 16 raised more than $26,000. Proceeds from the annual summer social event, this year presented by Revivals, support the daily operations of Mama’s Kitchen, a nonprofit that prepares and delivers three meals a day, seven days a week, at no charge to men, women and children affected by AIDS/HIV or cancer.   

“Hunger knows no season, and the summer months can be a slow time for donations to our organization. So fundraisers like our annual Wine Tasting are critical during the summer,” said Alberto Cortés, executive director of Mamaís Kitchen, according to a release. “An event like this is not possible without the generosity of our sponsors, like Revivals, and the support of our guests and volunteers.”


September 20, 2012