Annual Taste of Mission Beach benefits Shelter to Soldier
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Fish tacos at Sandbar Sports Grill.
Fish tacos at Sandbar Sports Grill.
The fourth annual Taste of Mission Beach progressive dinner fundraising event will take place 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 11 throughout the Mission Beach community. Bring your appetites and walking shoes to sample the best eateries in the Mission Beach environ, or take a cruise on the Bahia Belle.

Sponsored by the Mission Beach Women’s Club, all proceeds raised will benefit Shelter to Soldier, a nonprofit organization that adopts dogs from rescues and trains them to be psychiatric service dogs for post-9/11 combat veterans suffering from post traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and other injuries associated with traumatic service experiences. Visit for additional information.

Tickets are $30 per person and will be sold at Mission Beach Coffee Break, Olive Baking Co. and Saska’s Steakhouse. Tickets may also be purchased at or, or call the MBWC at 858-488-2628.

“We’re tremendously honored and humbled that the Mission Beach Women’s Club has selected our non-profit organization this year as the recipient charity of choice for the Taste of Mission Beach – they are a dynamic group of dedicated volunteers who have supported community causes beginning in 1926,” said Graham Bloem, Shelter to Soldier founder and president.

“The original organization, comprised of predominantly Navy wives, is a perfect fit for our nonprofit entity that supports post-9/11 combat veterans. With their help, we will continue to advance our mission of ‘Saving Lives, Two at a Time,’” Bloem said.

Participating restaurants include: The Pennant; Mission Beach Coffee Break (check-in and selling tickets); Kojack’s Restaurant; Draft; Marcy’s Mexican Food; Luigi’s at the Beach; Sandbar Sports Grill; Bahia Café; Draft; Toot’s Sand-Bar; Luigi’s; Olive Café; Olive Baking Company; Miss B’s Coconut Club; Guava Beach Bar & Grill; Bao Beach Eats; Saska’s; Juice Wave; Rubicon Deli; Swell Coffee Co.; Arslan’s Gyros; Rosaria Pizza; Oceana Coastal Kitchen; and World Famous.

The Mission Beach Women’s Club is dedicated to educational enrichment, community service, social opportunities and charitable giving. The MBWC was organized on Nov. 4, 1926.

Founded by Mrs. Olive Van Dorsten, this club was formed devoted to the ideals of community service. Initially, members met at each other’s homes. Eventually the club took over the cottage known as “The Shirley House” which is the base cottage structure of their historic venue. They’re a nonprofit organization with the revenue generated through the venue rental flowing directly back into the community. Throughout the years, MBWC has played an irreplaceable role in the community. Visit

About Shelter to Soldier

Shelter to Soldier is a CA 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that adopts dogs from local shelters and trains them to become psychiatric service dogs for post-9/11 combat veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or other psychological injuries associated with combat service experiences. Each sponsored service dog serves the critical role of psychological support to his/her veteran handler. To learn more about veteran-support services provided by STS, call (855) 287-8659 for a confidential interview regarding eligibility. Shelter to Soldier Founder, Graham Bloem, is the proud recipient of the 10News Leadership Award and the 2016 Waggy Award. Additionally, Shelter to Soldier is a gold participant of GuideStar and accredited by the Patriot’s Initiative.

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