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July 2022 Letter from RBCF Board Chair Daniel Wilson

Greetings,

We are excited to share that Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation (RBCF) is moving forward with an in-person Thanksgiving Luncheon to celebrate our community philanthropy. It will be held Friday, November 18 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. Please save the date!

Great News to report: RBCF was honored as “Nonprofit of the Year” by Assemblymember, District 77, Brian Maienschein. We received the award during a special celebration in Sacramento on June 8. Congratulations to our board and the entire membership for the wonderful work you have done to receive this honor.

I was unable to attend due to my daughter’s graduation. However, Regional Affiliates Director Trudy Armstrong made the trip to accept the award.

On June 1, RBCF held our annual Pathway of Pride ceremony in Webb Park for those recognized with a 2022 plaque. Each represents a $1,500 contribution to support RBCF’s endowment and community grants program.

The plaques have been installed each year since the pathway was created in 1993. The 12 new plaques bring the total to 372.

Congratulations to all our newest Pathway of Pride donors!

Nothing is possible without your generous donations. It is your membership that makes this possible. Please know how grateful we are of your continued support

Daniel Wilson
RBCF Board Chair

Grantee Spotlight: YMCA of San Diego County – Teens in Motion, Rancho Bernardo High School

YMCA of San Diego County - Teens in Motion, Rancho Bernardo High School

With RBCF funding, student participants in our Rancho Bernardo Teens in Motion location were able to take community trips to Birch Aquarium, John’s Incredible Pizza, Ice Plex Escondido, Center for the Arts and Pump It Up Poway.

These community outings provided opportunities to grow student independence and socialization skills in a fun, safe and supportive environment.

Our community trip to the Birch Aquarium allowed students to learn about the ocean and marine life.  The students enjoyed socializing with each other and the marine life.

The trip to Jon’s Incredible Pizza was jam packed with fun skill building. The students were able to work with their chefs and prepare a pizza for themselves, providing opportunity for the students to learn independence through cooking. They were able to work on their fine motor skills, socialize with each other and the John’s Incredible Pizza staff. The students had a fantastic time with all the food and fun.

We took our students on a trip to the Ice Plex Escondido and Center for the Arts, giving them the opportunity to engage in healthy physical activities to support healthy development and physical skill-building, while also engaging in a music class with their peers. These activities helped grow their sense of self-confidence and accomplishment, while also developing new relationships with their peers and caring adults. The students really enjoyed ice skating with their friends.

Our community trip to Pump It Up Poway was one of the students’ favorite activities this year. They enjoyed playing on the indoor playground of inflatable activities, and it was an excellent way for them to engage in physical activities and skill-building. The students were able to deepen existing relationships with their peers, creating a sense of belonging that is a key factor in strengthening the resilience of the students and their families to help them thrive.

Member Spotlight: Kimberly Koll

RBCF member Kimberly Koll

Kimberly Koll is the founder of Heritage Homes San Diego, a real estate firm specializing in the Poway Unified School District and the I-15 Corridor communities.

Kim is a certified Seniors Real Estate Specialist®, having specialized knowledge of mature clients and 55+ neighborhoods and a certified Military Relocation Professional.

Joining RBCF perfectly aligned with her dedication to giving back to her local community.

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