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A Half-Million Dollar Boost for the Local Red Cross

Plus St. Madeline Sophie Center’s big brunch and the Oceanside Charitable Foundation’s youth development grants

The local Red Cross chapter’s eight-day Shelter of Hope campaign raised over $500,000

Over eight days in early May, the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties visited eight different locations and raised more than $500,000. The funds generated during the Shelter of Hope campaign will help support and raise awareness for the local chapter’s emergency relief efforts. Throughout the eight day span, local Red Cross CEO Sean Mahoney and board members took turns sleeping on a Red Cross cot in a simulated disaster shelter.

“Every hour given and every dollar raised allows the Red Cross to continue to provide help and hope to families in need,” Mahoney said. 


Sharon Esche-Irving, Barbara Thunder-Barnes, Christina Jordan, Debra Emerson, Judy Mantle, Alison Cummings, and Rick Cummings


Guests at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center’s 18th Morning Glory Brunch April 27 were treated to bites, beverages, entertainment, and a rousing frog race. The midday get-together at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center’s El Cajon campus raised over $20,000 to support the local nonprofit’s Garden and Aquatics programs for adults with developmental disabilities. St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center has been helping San Diegans with developmental disabilities live life to the fullest for more than 50 years. 


Vanessa Marshal, Melissa O’Toole, Jeri Gustafson, Billie Nunan, Amber Rizkalla, and Marva Bledsoe of Interfaith Community Services accept a check from the Oceanside Charitable Foundation


The Oceanside Charitable Foundation, a San Diego Foundation affiliate, awarded grants totaling $65,000 to three community youth development organizations during a celebration at the California Surf Museum on May 7. The recipients were Interfaith Community Services, Oceanside Promise, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside. 

“By investing in programs that support youth at a crucial time in their lives, the Oceanside Charitable Foundation is advancing quality of life for everyone in our community and developing the next generation of local leaders,” said Vince Alessi, OCF board chair.


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