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Danny Kelly and Ovie Cowling, Diane Clarke, Dan Moore, Dixie and Ken Unruh. Photos by Vincent Andrunas

Dr. Tony and Lori DeMaria, Jim and Mary Berglund, Hudson and Mary Drake

Sundiata Kata (SDCC music program director), Rana Sampson, Terry and D.B. Scott, Jennifer and Tony Franco

Anniversary celebration brings in nearly $300,000 for SD Center for Children phenom who, after being diThe San Diego Center for Children welcomed more than agnosed with an autism dis300 guests to its 128th anniversary celebration on May 28 at order at age 3, overcame his the U.S. Grant Hotel. The center, founded in 1887, is San Dichallenges through therapy ego’s oldest accredited children’s non-profit organization, ofand support, unveiling his fering comprehensive therapeutic programs and specialized true musical genius shortly education for children and teens struggling with behavioral, thereafter. emotional and educational challenges. “It is through the comThe theme for the event was “Children Blossom with a munity’s generous support New Beginning” and the presenting sponsor was SDG&E. and participation that the Co-chairs of the evening were Doreen Schonbrun and Susie center can continue to help Sides. San Diego’s most vulnerable The event honored the Farrell Family and ResMed Founchildren heal and gain the dations with the inaugural presentation of the prestigious skills and education needed Partner in Achieving Transformation and Hope (PATH) to become successful adults,” Award, acknowledging the two foundations for the impact said Moisés Baron, CEO of their giving has made in the lives of the children at the centhe San Diego Center for ter. Children. Also recognized was the 35th anniversary of the Iris Founded in 1887, the Auxiliary, the women’s auxiliary to the center, which has San Diego Center for Childedicated countless hours of volunteer service to the organi- Lisette Farrell with honorees Peter and Olivia Farrell, event co-chairwoman Susie Sides, event co-chairwoman Doreen Schonbrun, San Diego Center for Children CEO dren is the oldest children’s zation and raised more than $1 million during this time. nonprofit in San Diego. ToWith the contribution and support of the San Diego Moisés Barón day, in eight locations and community, the evening brought in $280,000 to benefit the Center’s vital treatment and educational programs helping thousands of children and fami- hundreds of homes across the county, the center provides therapeutic care, specialized education and critical life skills to more than 1,000 children and their families. lies this year. Visit for details about programs and services. The evening included silent, super silent and live auctions; a three-course dinner; and a special performance by jazz concert pianist and composer Matt Savage, a 23-year musical

Coulter, Mitschele to perform at dual Switchfoot Bro-Am kicks off with album release July 9 at Belly Up concert Restaurant Week specials July 6-12 Lee Coulter and Dawn Mitschele, two acclaimed local San Diego artists, are releasing new albums with a joint release concert at 7:30 p.m. July 9 at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. Doors open at 7 p.m. Mitschele will release “All of Our Days,” and Lee Coulter will debut his album, “People Like You.” San Diegians are invited to enjoy an exclusive show tracks never heard before. Lee Coulter Dawn Mitschele “‘All of Our Days’ is one of my most intimate albums so far,” said Mitschele, “so it means the world to me to be able to share this special collection of stories with my fans. Some of the songs on the album were written years ago and are very dear to my heart. I’m happy to finally be sharing them.” “All of Our Days” is also a tribute to Mitschele’s lifelong friend Matthew, who unexpectedly passed away. Coulter’s latest album, “People Like You,” captures a wide variety of feel-good sounds— from folk and reggae to blues and acoustic stylings. More than catchy tunes and crafty lyrics, the album also addresses social issues and gives voice through song. Coulter’s favorite track and music video, “Boss Señorita,” is packed with feminist punch, featuring three-time U.S. Women’s Boxing Champion Danyelle Wolf. The duo will be accompanied by two-time Los Angeles Music Awards winner Michael Tiernan, who just released his fifth album, “Inside Your Head.” Tiernan seamlessly blends folk, reggae, bluegrass, blues and modern pop rock into his brand of acoustic guitar-centric music. The Belly Up Tavern is at 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. General Admission $8 online and $10 at the door. For information and to buy tickets, visit

San Diego’s very own Switchfoot Bro-Am, which attracts nearly 13,000 visitors to the city each year, returns to Encinitas this July with new events and an awesome concert lineup. This weeklong North County celebration, which culminates in a beach day concert and surf competition hosted by Rob Machado and Grammy Award-winning band Switchfoot (local to Encinitas), is full of new events and ways to mingle with the city’s philanthropic surf crowd. July 6-12 — Bro-Am Restaurant Week For the first time, Switchfoot will host a special Bro-Am Restaurant Week with participating restaurants across Encinitas. Hot spots like Solace & The Moonlight Lounge, Fish 101, Good On Ya Deli and D Street Bar & Grill will donate a percentage of weeklong sales to the Bro-Am Foundation. Ironsmith Coffee Roasters will create a special drink of two espresso shots on ice con panna, mimicking what the Switchfoot band members like to drink on tour!

July 8 — Bro-Am Auction Night Soiree This swanky evening under the stars offers a chance to get up close and personal with the band members of Switchfoot. Held at a private estate in Encinitas, the event benefits the foundation and includes hosted cocktails, dishes prepared by top San Diego restaurants, a live acoustic performance by Switchfoot and silent and live auctions. General admission: $185, VIP: $260. July 11 — Beach Day Concert + Rob Machado Bro Junior Mingle with pro surfers, musicians and cool brands at the Bro-Am’s free beach day on Moonlight Beach. This pinnacle event, which sparked the Bro-Am series 11 years ago, offers a full day of laid-back fun. For more information on Bro-Am events, visit

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