American Liver

Flavors of San Diego.

The 14th Annual Flavors of San Diego Culinary Event is set for Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. This culinary event spotlights more than twenty of San Diego’s premier chefs, who each create a one-of-a-kind gourmet experience for each guest. Under the leadership of Chef Jeffrey Strauss with Pamplemousse Grille, this year’s Chef Chair and 2016 Chef of the Decade. This culinary experience goes beyond the traditional gala providing guests with the unique experience of having a top local chef prepare a multi-course dinner tableside. The evening showcases the signature dishes of culinary experts and takes you beyond the usual restaurant fare. Unleash your inner “foodie” and experience a distinct evening of dining while helping to fund the research, education and advocacy efforts of the American Liver Foundation. Join in a night that you will not soon forget, all while helping to improve the lives of the 30 million people in the United States living with liver disease.


Kerry Appleby Payne and Scott Appleby.

If you are a real estate agent, “it certainly helps to have lived for over forty years in the area where you work,” says Kerry Appleby Payne. Along with her brother Scott Appleby, Kerry and Scott are partners in the family business, Appleby Family Real Estate affiliated with Willis Allen Real Estate. Both have owned homes in La Jolla, Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe since their parents moved to La Jolla from Washington State in 1972. With such a long-term personal knowledge of the area and its residents, it is no surprise that their sales are equally distributed between La Jolla, Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe, including Fairbanks Ranch.

Art Of Fashion

The Country Friends.

For over 60 years, The Country Friends has supported charities by providing funding to help them achieve their missions to help those in need. The non-profit organization specifically works with groups providing human care services primarily for women, children, the elderly and individuals with disabilities. The Country Friends has been able to make these charitable donations through membership fees, sponsorships, the proceeds from their boutique and their unique fundraising events.


Change Starts Here.

Azareel Canizales is 15 years old and the oldest of four siblings, two of which also attend Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI), and he sets a great example for them. Although Azareel will be the first in his family to go to college, and his family does not have much, he always finds ways to give back to his community. In fact, he is the most involved student they have in the high school program at BLCI. Azareel volunteers often at his church and BLCI where he not only attends his weekly workshops, fieldtrips and tutoring requirements, he is also a Committee Member for the Executive Director’s Leadership Council where he helps design and implement projects to benefit his community, particularly in raising awareness about the importance of higher education as a ticket out of poverty.

Extraordinary Ballroom

Kyle and Stormi Wagley.

In March, Maggie contacted me to take dance lessons and challenged herself by taking lessons in rumba, waltz, east coast swing, cha cha, salsa, and tango simultaneously.

In May, despite being legally blind in one eye, Maggie finished the Tour de Natchez Trace, a four-day, 444 mile bike ride to raise money for REBOOT Combat Recovery which offers a healing process for veterans suffering with PTSD.

Father Joes

Kyle and Stormi Wagley.

Everyone wants to make his or her community a better place to live. However, when facing big challenges such as homelessness, it may seem like nothing can be done. To help individuals get involved in the mission to end homelessness, Father Joe’s Villages is encouraging people to do one simple thing to help all of San Diego shine: Be a “Good Neighbor.”

Home Start

Home Start Heroes.

Do you have a heart for children? Have you ever wanted to be a hero? You can! Become a partner with Home Start today to help strengthen families and protect children.

For over 45 years, Home Start Heroes has fought to protect precious children from abuse. To effectively prevent and treat child abuse, Home Start provides life-changing services such as parenting education, housing, employment case management and mental health services, with a focus on self-sufficiency and resiliency. In fact, over 28,000 low to moderate-income families and children benefit each year from Home Start’s programs!

Make A Wish

San Diego’s Premiere Boutique Wine Event.

Since 1983, Make-A-Wish San Diego has been granting thousands of wishes for children with critical illnesses in San Diego and Imperial Counties. This summer, the organization teamed up with the San Diego Padres to grant its 4,000th wish in our community. Six-year-old Cai had the surprise of a lifetime in front of a packed ballpark when his wish to have a family camping trailer was revealed live on the field. The wish was unveiled by 80 of Cai’s friends, family and medical team who supported him throughout his journey with leukemia.


Connecting Communities.

Manchester Financial Group is proud to celebrate Molly Eldredge as she receives the first Anne Otterson Community Connector Award at Project Concern International’s (PCI) Hands Across Borders gala on November 4, 2017. Molly was chosen to receive the award for her outstanding service to PCI, her dedication to promote philanthropy, and her tireless work to inspire others to serve the community. The Community Connector Award honors the legacy of La Jolla luminary and PCI advocate Anne Otterson, who passed away last year. Anne was a shining example of how inspiring others to do good can change the lives of vulnerable children and families everywhere.


The New Children’s Museum.

The New Children’s Museum downtown is an arts-based children’s museum, focused on early learning through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art. A non-profit institution, the Museum is funded by admissions, memberships and community support. One of the key sources of funding each year is the gala, proceeds of which support the Museum’s creative and innovative programming, as well as help fund access efforts to allow more children to experience the Museum at little to no cost to them.

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