Intuit gives back during “We Care & Give Back” Programintuit

On June 24th, employees from Intuit got together for an early lunch hour and created “We Care” packages full of useful items and sundries to be delivered to homebound San Diego seniors.  The 100 gift boxes created were decorated with bright colors and included a personal note written by each employees. With many homebound seniors being extremely isolated, these “We Care” packages, delivered for holidays and birthdays or just simply to brighten someone’s day, are a welcomed pick-me-up. The volunteers that deliver meals, conduct safety checks and visit provide  much needed socialization and are often the only people some may see all day. We thank Intuit for volunteering their time and funds for this endeavor.

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Rumson Block Party


September 6th, 2014 5pm – Midnight

8715 Rumson Drive Santee, CA 92071

BENEFITING Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc.   

English Motor Cars Show & Tour

September 27 and 28, 2014



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We thank our Buccaneer Ball Sponsors!
DLA Piper, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
REDBEARD – $5,000
Doug & Susan Davis, PSAV, SDG&E, Union Bank
Langlois Fancy Frozen Foods, Inc.
ADESA San Diego , Cal-State Auto Parts, Inc., Dr. Gary Carr, Margaret & William Burzynski, Ken Grody Ford Carlsbad, IES Commercial, Inc., Joy Ledford, McMahon Steel Company, Inc., Morley Group Foundation, Dr. John & Karen Morse, Mustang Club, Pala Band of Mission Indians, Pillsbury, Southwest Dealer Services, Christine & Neal Wichard
Autoqual of San Diego, Daralyne & Georges Baddour, City Wide Glass, DBA Millennium Cars, Ana & Gary Gramling,The Elizabeth Hospice, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Eye/Comm Inc., Falck San Diego , Kronemyer-Pieper-Rossbacher Families, Manheim San Diego, Byron & Kara Mignanelli,Ed & Dawn Paul, R2 Media, Sherwin Williams, Stotz Equipment, Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, Winzer Corporation
North Properties
Talent Port Consulting
Diamond Jack Enterprises, Inc.
Seaport Oil & Vinegars
Allenbrook Insurance
Standard Drywall
Harper Construction
Gen7 Wines/Brookside Winery
Brooklyn Girl Eatery
Fig Tree Café
The Marine Room
New York on Rye
Proud Mary’s Southern Bar and Grill
Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro
Top of the Market
West Coast Tavern
The Wild Thyme Company
Backdrops Beautiful
Redfern & Associates
Sebring Creative
Dos Gringos –
Santiago Vasquez, Jr.
Ryan Hakoda
Hakoda Productions
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Buccaneer Ball and 5th Annual Chef Appetizer Challenge: Swashbuckling for San Diego Seniors!


People often attend charity galas eating, drinking and socializing in the company of others without truly thinking about the hard work it took to make it all happen. Every call made, sponsorship acquired, detail perfected, basket wrapped and party favor prepared helped to create a grand event enjoyed by nearly 400 attendees on Saturday, June 14th. This year’s event, truly a memorable experience, was chaired by Doug Davis, Vice President and General Manager of Kearny Pearson Ford.Entering the Buccaneer Ball, one was immediately struck by the festive ambiance. The room was effervescent, alive with chatter and camera flashes as guests arrived dressed in swashbuckling attire complementing the pirate theme for the evening. The air was filled with the aroma of freshly made hors d’oeuvres. The creative silent auction tables were adorned with incredible deals for the winning bidders. Guests planned their strategy regarding which items to bid on, while tasting the treats prepared by 10 of San Diego’s top chefs, all vying for the attendee’s votes to win the coveted “Chefy” award and additional bragging rights. Once attendees determined their favorite offering, they dropped coins into the chef’s tally jar to help determine the night’s winner, while buzzing about their selection to others.A trio of musicians, “The Jack Straws”, strolled throughout the ballroom playing sea shanty tunes telling tales of drunken sailors and seafaring days gone-by. Grog and spirits were served at the open bar and couples took pictures at the photo booth with a Johnny-Depp look-alike decked out in full Captain Jack Sparrow regalia. Guests laughed, hugged old friends and made new ones, all of whom had the Meals-on-Wheels cause in their hearts.doug and sue

Doug (Gala Chair) & Susan Davis

The party then moved into the main dining room which carried the pirate theme throughout, complete with a wrecked pirate ship on stage, treasure chests, jewels and netting on the tables. A full course dinner with wine pairing was served while attendees bid on special treasure chests with hidden bounty. After the tallies were counted, all the chefs arrived on stage to await their possible win. Chef Rich Huarte of New York on Rye food truck was granted the Chefy award of the year, proving that food trucks can compete with the fanciest of five star restaurants.

Soon after, the live auction commenced featuring items such as dinner with our heroic San Diego Firemen, a vacation in Lake Como, Italy, private seats at the Macy’s Day Parade on Thanksgiving Day and tickets to Jimmy Kimmel Live. The auctioneer, Bill Menish, had the audience on the edge of their chairs hoping another bidder would not swoop in and snag their dream vacations.

The electric energy from the live auction slowly subsided once a poignant video depicted what it would be like if Meals-on- Wheels was no longer there to help homebound seniors.  At the conclusion of the video audience members raised their paddles once again to Adopt-A-Senior. Bids ranging from $5,000 to $100 were committed by the attendees to help feed seniors and end isolation experienced by many. Over $36,000 was raised in adoptions alone.

3 girl piratesThe evening ended with DJ Brian Matthews spinning contemporary tunes where attendees danced the night away in style. When the evening was done, the total raised to help Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego keep their wheels rolling was over $175,000! This is definitely not your grandmother’s gala; this is a happening, fun and energetic event that people left saying, “When is next year’s big bash and what is the theme so I can plan my costume now!” Most importantly, guests left satiated with that great feeling that comes from giving back.

Article contributed by: Sutheshna Mani – Intern for Meals-on Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc.

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