Occurring at the Fresh Start Clinic on January 14–15, Fresh Start's Surgery Weekend program treats low-income and uninsured patients in need of intense reconstructive surgery. Throughout the weekend, volunteer medical professionals conduct dental treatments, laser treatments, speech therapy, and reconstructive surgeries with consultations and long-term postoperative appointments for approximately 60 infants, children, and teens. Fresh Start still needs help funding surgeries and follow-ups, along with transportation and food for children and their families, with an overall goal of $1,200 to fund all of the medical supplies for the entire weekend free of charge for any child who needs a surgery.
Each of the horses under care at the nonprofit Laughing Pony Rescue has been saved from abandonment, sickness, or an abusive situation. Responsible for the rehabilitation of more than 300 horses, Laughing Pony Rescue educates the public, trains horses and humans, and gives these noble creatures a happy home. Visitors can share in the communal spirit through group horse hugs or the ranch’s assortment of activities, which include lessons and trail rides as well as therapeutic riding.
The program pairs Captain Mentors with Junior Captains (mentees), providing opportunities for youth to develop lifelong relationships, interact with their peers in engaging and challenging environments, and encourage Junior Captains to be advocates for diabetes awareness and leaders in their communities. Past program participants have achieved goals such as competing in national high-school sports competitions and completing half marathons and triathlons. However, the costs of training and traveling for such events can be prohibitively expensive for many families. Insulindependence aims to expand its outreach in the upcoming year by providing more scholarships for the mentorship program, and the organization needs additional funding to sponsor Junior Captains who may not otherwise be able to afford the program, including the costs of lodging, food, travel, and the culminating event of the program.
The La Jolla New Generations Rotary Club's “Cupcakes & Cocktails” event invites guests for an afternoon of tasty sweets and delicious drinks in a spacious, lodge-style venue overlooking the beach. Over the course of the event, guests can socialize and compare frosting beards as they nibble on two cupcakes and exchange two drink tickets for cocktails or beers by Blue Moon and Longboard, all for a worthy cause. Listen to the reverberations of live music in the natural lighting of the main room, migrate up to the second-floor deck to get a lofty view of the coast, or step out onto the shaded terrace to enjoy the fresh, summer air amid flowers and park benches. Each guest will also be entered into a raffle for chances to win rewards from an Aveda salon, goodies from Sprinkles Cupcakes, a cash prize, and a lifetime supply of leftover ticket stubs.
Veterans 360 works with recent combat veterans, helping them develop professional and interpersonal skills as they reintegrate into civilian life. Structured daily activities and projects are based around four goals: engagement, healing, education, and employment. When veterans first begin the program, they receive holistic posttraumatic-stress-disorder treatments that can include mentorships and therapy. Through engaging activities, they can learn about wind turbines, help maintain children’s playgrounds, and learn how to surf. Educational programs, meanwhile, help participants prepare for a return to the classroom or provide vocational training for specific careers. Ultimately, veterans can earn certifications in trade skills and work with mentors to find jobs.