Since 2012, Shelter to Soldier founder and president Graham Bloem, his wife Kyrié, and friend Krys Holc have synergistically paired “specially trained rescue dogs to post 9/11 combat veterans working through post-traumatic stress and/or TBI (traumatic brain injury).”
To accomplish that mission, they have incredible support and fundraisers like this ‘Be the Light’ at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Guests including Tina and Bruce McCullough, and Mia Parks arrived to the festive sound of music by K. Emeline, tempting auction items, and mingling with hero soldiers and their very well-trained rescue dogs.
Dinner with a live auction presented big donations including dinner for 10 cooked by chef Brian Malarkey. Later, a poignant speech by soldier/engineer Christine Wonder. With her pup alongside, Christine revealed a determined drive to learn, and learn more that got her to the top of commanding a fleet of Apache helicopters.
The David C. Copley Foundation and Petco LOVE have been steadfast supporters, and this year COX was the lead sponsor with sponsor Griffin Funding taking a whopping four tables… Oorah!
Meanwhile, beachside by Scripps Pier, the Legends of Surfing Invitational benefiting the Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego was held. Although modified per COVID safety, the event still raised a half million net! The numbers get better with approximately $10 million brought in since its founding 28 years ago by Sam Armstrong and John Otterson.
Among the support that’s been there from the start are Sam Iacobellis, Fred Borrelli, Jon Roseman the king of Cloudbreak in Fiji, Genentech, Tyler Callaway, and humbly me as volunteer photographer, media surfer, press, and table sponsor.
The winning team was Cymer, but frankly the community is the ultimate winner as major cancer research breakthroughs are being made by Dr. Scott Lippman and his team.
Till next time!
Margo Schwab is the owner and publisher of The Social Diary. She has produced TV segments, acted, and is currently filming a documentary “Wild for Versace,” which will include elements of her passions, animals and fashion. For event coverage inquiries, Margo can be contacted directly at [email protected].