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PAWS4Thought Celebrates Its Fifth Anniversary with a Fundraiser

Plus, more good news from Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, Promises2Kids, Foundation for Women Warriors, and Urban Street Angels

By Sarah Sapeda

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Four precious pups saved by San Diego animal rescue organization PAWS4Thought

PAWS4Thought will celebrate its fifth anniversary Saturday with a fundraiser party at Second Chance Beer Company in Carmel Mountain Ranch. Funds raised will help the San Diego–based organization care for abandoned, abused, and stray dogs in the US and Baja California; and help them rescue those at risk of being euthanized. Each adult ticket is $20 and includes eats from Grater Grilled Cheese, a pint of craft beer or a soft drink, a “bark bag” for four-legged guests, and a chance to win door prizes. Kids’ tickets are $5. 

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Two-year-old Fresh Start patient Valeria will have surgery this weekend to correct abnormalities caused by Apert syndrome

Twenty children from around the world will receive life-changing reconstructive surgeries this weekend courtesy of Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, in partnership with Rady Children’s Hospital. Doctors will donate their time and talent, plus approximately $600,000 worth of transformative surgical care, to disadvantaged youth at no cost to the families. Fresh Start will also provide laser treatments, speech therapy, dental and orthodontic care, and other medical services to an additional 45 children. Fresh Start hosts six of these surgery weekends each year. 

“Unlike other medical charities that go out of the country to provide care for kids, Fresh Start is one of the only ones that actually brings patients to the US,” says Salvatore J. Pacella, a plastic surgeon who volunteers with Fresh Start. “And the kids stay as long as they need to.”

Since Fresh Start was launched in 1991, 8,527 children have received care.

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A million-dollar grant from the Conrad Prebys Foundation will help fund a redesign of the emergency department at Tri-City Medical Center

The Conrad Prebys Foundation has pledged $1 million toward Tri-City Medical Center’s forthcoming emergency department redesign. The hospital has acclaimed emergency-room-based heart attack and stroke care programs. It has also launched a pioneering program called Code Caleb, a partnership between the emergency department and neonatal intensive care unit.

“Hospital emergency departments play a significant role in the United States health care system, and now more than ever, EDs have become increasingly congested,” said Steve Dietlin, the hospital’s president and CEO. “The redesign of Tri-City Medical Center’s emergency department will directly help the community in so many ways, as will its staff, who continue to provide premium care to patients in need.”  

Nearly two dozen local restaurants teamed up to raise money for Promises2Kids. The Foodies 4 Foster Kids campaign, held in conjunction with National Foster Care Month, brought in more than $35,000 to aid the 40-year-old nonprofit’s mission to create a brighter future for foster children in San Diego. The proceeds will go toward reuniting siblings living apart in foster care; supporting students in reaching their career and educational goals; providing birthday gifts, school clothes, and opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities; and creating an emergency shelter where children feel safe and cared for.  

This Thursday is the first San Diego Gives local day of giving. One of the more than 120 organizations participating in the 24-hour online fundraiser is Vista-based Foundation for Women Warriors, which is asking supporters to donate diapers for veteran mothers in need. To see a list of all the participating nonprofits, visit To donate specifically to Foundation for Women Warriors, use their Amazon Wish List link

This Saturday, Urban Street Angels will host a 5K fundraiser at NTC Park in Liberty Station. Funds raised will go toward the nonprofit’s shelter for homeless young adults, as well as job training and support services for its more than 150 residents. To register, visit

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