The San Diego chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation raised a record $340,000 for children with threatening medical conditions at their 17th annual Tuna Challenge on Sept. 29.
The challenge, hosted by the Silver Gate Yacht Club and sponsored chiefly by the San Diego Credit Union and the Southern California Tribal Nations, exceeded last year's funds by $40,000, according to organizers. The newest division of the competition, the sport boat division, brought in 70 anglers. More than 650 anglers and 130 boats participated in the competition.
Many of the anglers were out for 24 hours, according to Rachel Gershwin, director of marketing and development for the San Diego Make-A-Wish Foundation.
"The anglers enjoy the competition and they enjoy doing something for a cause," said Gershwin.
This year's tourney winner was Dan Green, who caught a 54.9- pound bluefin tuna. His catch was the largest in three years, said Gershwin.
Make-A-Wish children were also given the chance to participate in the day's events for the first time in 18 years, according to organizers. Everglade Boats sponsored boat rides and mini-fishing trips for the children and their families.
"It was a fun way to incorporate our kids into the activities going on that weekend," said Gershwin.
The day after the competition, participants attended an awards banquet. The banquet featured raffles and live and silent auctions. The grand-prize winner of the raffle package was Jeff Brill of Poway, who won an 18-foot Parker boat valued at $40,000.
Gershwin hopes for a larger turnout next year.
"We know that things change from year to year, so we always are hopeful for a bigger and better year. But we are very grateful for the committee that does it and all the sponsors," said Gershwin. "We are always so surprised and happy about the results."
Local VFW, auxilliary offer scholarship contest
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1392 in Ocean Beach and its Ladies Auxiliary are again offering an annual scholarship for local students in high school grades 9 through 12.
The contest, open to students in public, private and home schools, is called "Voice of Democracy." This year's theme is "My Role in Honoring America's Veterans."
Local, district, state and national scholarships are available. Locally, first-, second- and third-place winners can earn $300, $200 or $100 in U.S. Savings Bonds. The deadline for entry is Nov. 2. For more information, call (619) 223-4882, or visit www.vfw.org (click on Voice of Democracy).
Episcopal church slates classical concert Sunday
Residents of the Point Loma community will be treated to a concert at All Souls Episcopal Church on Sunday, Oct. 28, as the Bach Collegium San Diego presents cantatas and a motet by J.S. Bach and his predecessor Dietrich Buxtehude.
The program, "Lueback to Leipzig," will employ period instruments and a choir and soloists specializing in the performance of Baroque music under the direction of Ruben Valenzuela.
Buxtehude, whose tercentenary is being celebrated this year, is regarded as one of the 17 century's greatest organists and most influential musicians.
Soloists will be Anne-Marie Dicce, soprano; James Casey, countertenor; and Aaron Lindberg, tenor.
Tickets for the event are $25 and $12 for students. Both are available in advance and at the door, and may be purchased by calling (619) 341-1726. For more information, call (858) 456-2661 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discovery shop to hold holiday boutique
The Point Loma Discovery Shop is holding its 10th annual Holiday Boutique to fund the fight against cancer.
The event will take place at the Point Loma Discovery Shop on Midway Dr. Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 4 from noon to 4 p.m.
The shop has been saving holiday-related items all year for the event. Customers can expect low prices on high-end holiday decorations and clothes that are in good condition.
Entertainment and refreshments will be available at the holiday boutique. For more information, call (619) 224-4336.
Liberty Station welcomes 2 new commercial tenants
Two more commercial tenants have joined the ranks of the growing 361-acre Liberty Station community at the former Naval Training Center in Point Loma.
Joining the bustling bayside neighborhood will be Tropical Smoothie Cafe in the fitness center, and MITRE, a technology non-profit in the office district.
Liberty Station redevelopment officials say the fine dining, retail, cultural venues, recreation, and ample green space, is quickly becoming the hub of San Diego.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe will occupy a 1,456-square-foot space at 2751 Roosevelt Road (Historic Gym Building 210), a facility which will be anchored by LAVA Sport & Fitness, featuring The Boxing Club.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe expects to open for business in January.
While the Liberty Station Fitness Building is a 38,000-square-foot building, an estimated 13,000 square feet of leasable space remains, according to Liberty Station officials.
The second new tenant has already begun operating at Liberty Station.
MITRE, a not-for-profit organization, specializes in systems engineering, information technology, operational concepts and enterprise modernization.
MITRE, which opened its office Sept. 5, also has its own independent research and development program that explores new technologies and their uses. MITRE's 15,899-square-foot office space is located at 2280 Historic Decatur Road (Building 901).
"Liberty Station has experienced great success with its commercial leasing," said Greg Block, Communications Manager for the Corky McMillin Cos. "We're excited that Tropical Adventures and MITRE are joining the Liberty Station family, adding to this premiere destination to live, work, shop and play."
The 361-acre Liberty Station community, a joint development between the city's redevelopment agency and McMillin, boasts 125 acres of parks, open space and a boat channel; shopping villages and restaurants; a 28-acre civic, arts and cultural district; the nine-hole Sail Ho Golf Club; three hotels on two sites; and six schools. Nearly 350 families now live there, and dozens of companies, with hundreds of employees, are doing business there. Liberty Station anticipates a majority of its capacity to be filled by the end of 2008.
For more information, visit www.libertystation.com.
152nd birthday of Old Point Loma Lighthouse set
Officials at Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma will soon host the public for a daylong gala celebrating the 152nd anniversary of the first lighting of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse.
The event takes place Thursday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The day's festivities will include tours of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, including the tower, lantern and gallery, along with living history with staff and volunteers in 19th-century period attire, films about lighthouses and the Junior Ranger program for young people.
The monument's The Lighthouses of Point Loma exhibit about San Diego's three lighthouses "” Old Point Loma, Ballast Point and Point Loma "” will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The annual crowd-pleaser is one of two days each year when the tower of the Old Lighthouse is opened to the public, and marks 152 years that the venerable lighthouse has stood watch on the cliffs overlooking San Diego Bay.
The Cabrillo National Monument Foundation, which is celebrating 51 years of supporting interpretive, educational and scientific activities as Cabrillo National Monument's nonprofit cooperating association, will sell books, calendars and other lighthouse memorabilia.
The 152 year-old Old Point Loma Lighthouse, one of the first eight lighthouses constructed on the West Coast, was completed in 1854. It guided ships into and out of San Diego Bay from Nov. 15, 1855, until March 23, 1891, when it was replaced by the Point Loma Lighthouse.
For more information, call (619) 557-5450, or visit http://www.nps.gov/cabr/.