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Foundation Commemorates 40th Anniversary with 100 New Balboa Park Trees

October 22, 2015 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation today announced a donation of 100 new drought-resistant, California-friendly trees to commemorate its 40th anniversary of philanthropic leadership in the San Diego region. The $50,000 grant award was made to the Balboa Park Conservancy in honor of the Park’s 2015 centennial.

On Tuesday, November 3 at 11:00am, volunteers who are passionate about Balboa Park and San Diego’s rich natural and cultural resources will plant the first 47 of 100 trees near the Sixth Avenue Playground area of Balboa Park located along Balboa Drive near the corner of 6th Avenue and Quince Street. The City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department will steward tree planting and maintenance.

“We’re truly honored to contribute to the iconic beauty of Balboa Park as an integral part of our 40th Anniversary celebration, and in recognition of Balboa Park’s 100-year anniversary,” The San Diego Foundation President & CEO Kathlyn Mead shared. “Since our founding, The Foundation and our generous donors have granted more than $2 million to preserve, protect and enhance Balboa Park. By planting 100 smart trees today, we continue our legacy of growing a vibrant region for all San Diegans, today and for generations to come.”

Tomas Herrera-Mishler, Director of the Balboa Park Conservancy, stated that The San Diego Foundation’s donation of 100 smart trees will be well received and cared for.

The drought-resistant trees donated by The Foundation were raised on-site in a nursery at Balboa Park, and consist of a variety of pines, including San Diego’s unique Torrey Pine, as well as olive, oak, cedar, cypress and palm trees. Over the next year, the trees will be planted at Balboa Park’s Campfire USA Entrance, the Trees for Health Garden, the Nutmeg Street Restroom area and Sixth Avenue Playground. A complete list of the trees donated by The San Diego Foundation is attached.

Community members interested in volunteering for the tree planting event on November 3 can contact the Balboa Park Conservancy at volunteer@balboapark.org for more information.

About The San Diego Foundation
Celebrating 40 years of philanthropic leadership in the community (1975-2015), The San Diego Foundation’s purpose is to promote and increase effective and responsible charitable giving to grow a vibrant region. The Foundation manages more than $656 million in assets, more than half of which reside in permanent endowment funds that extend the impact of today’s gifts to future generations. Since its inception, The Foundation has granted more than $939 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. For more information, visit The San Diego Foundation’s website, SDF News blog, Facebook and Twitter pages., or make a donation to the Fund for the Future Endowment and support San Diego for now, forever.

About Balboa Park Conservancy
Balboa Park Conservancy is a public benefit, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing San Diego’s Balboa Park for future generations. Formed in 2010, the Conservancy is responsible for raising funds, developing public private partnerships, and collaborating with Balboa Park stakeholders to implement capital projects and address deferred maintenance needs in the park. The Conservancy, through partnership with the City, facilitates the identification and prioritization of projects for the Park and brings resources together to ensure implementation. For more information visit www.balboaparkconservancy.org.

Contacts
Vince Heald, 858-453-9600, vheald@behmedia.com
Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, 619-235-2300, justin@sdfoundation.org

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