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Seeing Red: Ronald McDonald House's Red Shoe Day and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Raise Big Bucks

Plus Promises2Kids brings home $1.25 million during its concert gala


The 10th Annual Red Shoe Day raised an estimated $253,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. An enthusiastic and record-breaking corps of 1,600 volunteers collected donations at about 200 intersections dotted throughout the County. The money will help families with a child in treatment at local hospitals. Ronald McDonald House provides meals, lodging, and emotional support while the child is in the hospital.

Woman of the Year Katy Temple and her fundraising team

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society just named its 2019 Man & Woman of the Year, Gordon Cooke of Carmel Valley and Katy Temple of Little Italy. The winners and six other fundraisers collectively brought in a total of $550,000 in just ten weeks. LLS focuses on curing blood cancer and helping patients and their families live better lives.

Promises2Kids raised more than $1.25 million for local foster youth during the 11th annual Dream On Concert Gala. More than 450 of San Diego’s who’s who gathered at Papa Doug and Geniya Manchester’s Foxhill Estate in La Jolla. Guests enjoyed a reception, dinner, live auction, and private concert by Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles. The concert gala was catered by Executive Chef Jeffrey Strauss and Pamplemousse Grille. Promises2Kids provides support and resources to children from the time they enter foster care until they are adults.

Tonya Torosian, co-chair Jolene Perry, Papa Doug, Geniya Manchester, and co-chair Deborah Marengo

Read about more upcoming charitable events in The SoCal


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