Cygnet

Celebrating Fifteen years in the heart of Old Town.

If you are not familiar with the award-winning professional theatre in Old Town, you should be. Cygnet began in 2003 at a suburban storefront theatre with just 40 subscribers and a budget of $212,000. Fifteen seasons later, they are one of San Diego’s artistic leaders with more than 2,400 subscribers and a budget just shy of $3,000,000. Last year, Cygnet was one of only 12 theatres across the country to receive a $10,000 grant from the American Theatre Wing, creator of the Tony Awards, to recognize and support the most promising emerging theatre companies.

Disney

Disneyland.

Disney’s popular and longest-running nighttime spectacular “Fantasmic!” returned to the Rivers of America in Disneyland Park with enhanced special effects, state-of-the-art projection technology and new storytelling elements. The celebration began in the morning with thousands of fans in Town Square singing Happy Birthday to Disneyland, marking its 62nd anniversary. “Fantasmic!”, a spellbinding night-time spectacular whisks the audience into Mickey Mouse’s imagination, as Mickey conjures dreams of beauty, adventure, romance and even danger. Some of the new magic includes a beautiful scene with Aladdin and Jasmine on their flying carpet floating over a bed of fog, and Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from “Tangled”.

Ice Cream

By Alexis Maness.

Ice cream and summer go together like cookies and cream, peanut butter and jelly or bacon and eggs! Whether you prefer it in a cone, cup, sandwich, or even a donut, the best way to beat the heat is with a cool treat. No matter what part of San Diego you live in, you are probably just a short drive or bike ride away from one of these favorite local establishments.

Junior Achievement

Connecting Students to the Real World.

After four years of working hard to finish mountains of homework and taking countless tests, Natalie proudly wore her cap and gown when graduating high school in June. Natalie, along with thousands of other San Diego graduates, will move out of her parent’s home and begin the journey into adulthood. Natalie is excited to pursue a teaching degree at California State Polytechnic University and is looking forward to her new-found freedom. This exciting time, however can mean trouble for young adults, especially if they don’t know how to manage their money.

Just In Time

Just in Time for Foster Youth.

Dear Friends in San Diego,

I would like to extend an invitation for you to change the world, one youth at a time.

Maac

Making A Difference.

Nestled along a busy street in the Southcrest neighborhood of San Diego is a haven for women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Casa de Milagros, or ‘House of Miracles,’ was founded in 1987; at the time, the only culturally-specific residential treatment program in San Diego County. It is home for up to seventeen residents in recovery.

Manchester

Manchester Financial Group.

Papa Doug and Geniya Manchester are both committed to improving the quality of life in San Diego. Papa Doug Manchester founded the Manchester Financial Group in 1972 focusing on real estate and commercial development in San Diego County which has continuously changed the face of the city to promote tourism, jobs, productivity, and a brighter future for all.

New Childrens Museum

The New Children’s Museum.

Just like the children it serves, The New Children’s Museum is growing and flourishing in so many ways. This summer the Museum welcomed seasoned development professionals Erin Decker and Jane Rice. The duo joins the leadership team as the Museum plans for its 10th anniversary celebration and embarks on a bold five-year vision beginning 2018. Their exceptional expertise in philanthropy and stewardship are critical components as the Museum seeks to build capacity and expand its reach to the community with enhancements in exhibitions, education and programming.

Pacific Standard Time

The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA).

Throughout history, art has played a valuable role in sharing culture, garnering attention for serious political and social issues, as well as bringing people together from all walks of life. Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA seeks to accomplish the same goals by bringing Latin American and Latino exhibits, performances, and events to over 70 institutions throughout Southern California including Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara. San Diegans will also get the opportunity to explore some of the featured works locally and throughout the region from September 2017 through January 2018. The extensive artistic venture was made possible by more than $16 million in grants from the Getty Foundation to LA Phil, The Music Center, and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Salk

Boosting athletic endurance by 70 percent.

Every week, there seems to be another story about the health benefits of running. That’s great - but what if you can’t run? For the elderly, obese or otherwise mobility-limited, the rewards of aerobic exercise have long been out of reach.

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