October 2019 Letter from Rancho Bernardo President Debbie Kurth

Left to right: RBCF President Debbie Kurth, The San Diego Foundation Interim Leader of Community Impact Connie Matsui, Councilmember Mark Kersey, and Board Member at The San Diego Foundation Ginny Merrifield pose for a photo at the 2018 RBCF Thanksgiving Luncheon
Left to right: RBCF President Debbie Kurth, The San Diego Foundation Interim Leader of Community Impact Connie Matsui, Councilmember Mark Kersey, and Board Member at The San Diego Foundation Ginny Merrifield pose for a photo at the 2018 RBCF Thanksgiving Luncheon

Greetings Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation (RBCF), members!

As most of you know, November 22 is our 31st Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon and we are pleased to announce that Carlo Cecchetto of KFMB-TV will be this year’s emcee. We will also enjoy live music by Joe Cardillo!

Don’t forget, the deadline for seating requests and the $50 early bird pricing is November 15. We hope to see all of you there!

Congratulations to all 20 of our Pathway of Pride plaque recipients this year. The recognition event was held on September 13 in front of a large crowd there to celebrate the occasion.

If you are interested in learning more about RBCF or would like to join the Grants Committee, please contact Trudy Armstrong at trudy@sdfoundation.org.

Member Spotlight

RBCF Member Mary Karscig
RBCF Member Mary Karscig
Mary Karscig is a proud member of RBCF. As she explained, “Being a part of the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation has given me an opportunity to give back to a community that has provided so much. The wonderful programs that are offered across Rancho Bernardo in the arts, entertainment, education, health and safety are enhanced and expanded by the contributions of the Foundation members. It is a pleasure to share the vision and be part of the decision making that will impact the future of our community.”

Grantee Spotlight

For 21 years, Poway OnStage, in partnership with the Poway Unified School District, has hosted its Arts in Education Initiative for the children of Rancho Bernardo and beyond. The program includes a one-week, free musical theater camp; assemblies that teach students about the various musical instrument groups; and bus-in shows complete with study guides and Q&A sessions with the artists.

“Poway OnStage is so proud to provide valuable Arts Education experiences for more than 4,000 students each year – 1,400 of whom are enrolled in eight schools in Rancho Bernardo,” shared Michael Rennie, President and CEO for Poway OnStage. “More than 70 percent of the students who participate in our programs say that these are the only Arts programs they receive outside of the classroom. We are so thankful for the support we receive from the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation for helping to make this possible.”

We are proud to support the amazing work of Poway OnStage and the lasting impact it is making in our community.

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If you have any friends or neighbors who may be interested in making a difference in the Rancho Bernardo community, please encourage them to join RBCF.

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