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Poway Gives Back: High Tea, Healthcare & Remembering Loren

Save the date for the Soroptimists' High Tea and Fashion Show, support a new Neighborhood Health Center and help build a hospital garden to remember Loren Nancarrow.

Corinne Campell, Mary Jo Wade, Ginny Brown and Diane Carlson of Soroptimist International of Rancho Bernardo and Poway. Photo by Bill Stoudenmire.
Corinne Campell, Mary Jo Wade, Ginny Brown and Diane Carlson of Soroptimist International of Rancho Bernardo and Poway. Photo by Bill Stoudenmire.

By Bill Stoudenmire

Save the date and grab your hats. It's the 4th annual High Tea and Fashion Show, sponsored by Soroptimist International of Rancho Bernardo and Poway, now set for May 4 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn.

The main mission of the Soroptimists is to provide housing for battered women and their children through a program called Traditional Housing. The program moves the mother and her children from dependency and abuse to a safe, self-sustaining lifestyle. Proceeds from the High Tea event make this happen and help support the club's other programs for women.

Emcee for the event is former 10News anchor Carol LaBeau. San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is the guest speaker. Enjoy fashions, raffles, prizes, creative hats and fun. More details are on the way. Get them here and check out the club at www.facebook.com/groups/hatsonforhightea/.

Cleanup for Neighborhood Healthcare

Volunteers lead by Poway City Councilman Dave Grosch cleared weeds and brush last Saturday on a lot on Poway Road where the Martin and Delia Gold Neighborhood Health Center is proposed to be built. The lot, where a Wendy's restaurant used to be, has been vacant for years. The nonprofit health organization is trying to raise $3 million to build it.

Meanwhile, Neighborhood Healthcare is celebrating the opening of its newest health center, located at 41840 Enterprise Circle in Temecula. It replaces the one that used to be on Winchester Road. The open house is Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The ribbon-cutting is at 4 p.m. There are tours and refreshments until 6 p.m.

RSVP to Amber Berkey at 760-520-8311. Learn how to help get the Poway center funded at www.nhcare.org.

Remembering Loren

He was no doubt a part of your life as a San Diego TV news anchor and long-time Channel 10 weatherman. Loren Nancarrow passed away on Dec. 28, after a 10-month battle with brain cancer. In addition to being an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, Loren was also an avid organic farmer and has written four gardening books.

Before he died, he pulled friends and family together, to brainstorm a way to thank all the incredible people at Scripps Health who took such exquisite care of him. The result was a project to raise enough money to name the Healing Garden at the Scripps Radiation Therapy Center off Torey Pines, "The Loren Nancarrow Healing Garden." It's where his children and grandchildren, as well as other cancer patients, can gather and feel some peace and tranquility. 

So far $124,000 has been raised against a goal of $500,000. Loren's son, Graham, heads a band called “Nancarrow”, and they will be performing two concerts in February at the Belly Up Tavern and at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center to raise funds. Donate and watch a video at www.Scripps.org/Loren.

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