Thank you to Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation !

As posted in East County Magazine
East County News Service

December 21, 2015 (El Cajon, CA) – Thirty local charities received over $75,000 in donations from Sycuan at a Gift Giving Ceremony on December 10th, an event that started back in 2006. Each member of Sycuan’s leadership team, comprised of elected tribal council members, the casino executive management team and the casino directors, had the opportunity to each select a charity of their choice to support. All 30 charities were present at the event that took place in Paipa’s Buffet, where they had the opportunity to speak to the group about their cause and receive their monetary donation.

“The Gift Giving Ceremony is one of the biggest highlights of the year here at Sycuan. We are proud to empower the leaders of the tribe, resort and the casino to make a difference in the community,” said Cody J. Martinez, Chairman of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation. “Many of the charities invited to the Gift Giving Ceremony are big partners of ours throughout the year. Others are charities that Sycuan will help for the first time which enables us to broaden our reach in terms of charitable involvement within the San Diego community.”

The Gift Giving Ceremony began nine years ago as another way to give back to important causes during the holiday season. The tribe and the casino are philanthropic leaders in the community year around, contributing monetary or in-kind donations to over 700 organizations in the last year alone. In 2015, the group celebrated a milestone partnership with Susan G. Komen by providing the largest team in history to participate in the annual Race for the Cure.

Members of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation have resided in and around the foothills of the Dehesa Valley for nearly 12,000 years. Today they are a modern government, providing public services to their members, employees and neighbors. The Sycuan Tribal Government operates one of the region’s premier Indian gaming and resort facilities, the Sycuan Casino and Resort. The Sycuan Tribe demonstrates its strong commitment to the San Diego region through the support of hundreds of civic and charitable organizations.

The tribe, through the Sycuan Tribal Development Corporation (STDC), also seeks to reinvest back into the San Diego community with a progressive business development effort. To date, STDC has purchased the former Singing Hills Country Club and the historic U.S. Grant Hotel, is an investor in Hotel Solamar near Petco Park and is owner/developer of the Marina Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in National City. Combined, these enterprises now employ nearly 4,000 San Diegans.

For more information about Sycuan Casino, visit; for more information about the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation visit,


Angela Brannon-Baptiste (Its All About the Kids), Sycuan Chairman Cody J. Martinez

Larry H Miller Group of Companies is the Best!

Huge Thank you from all of us at the It’s All about the Kids® to the Larry H Miller Group of Companies and Allied PRA. We are so grateful to receive bikes, red wagons and school supplies . They were then shared with three partner charities. The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies could have taken their team to a resort to relax but instead, they opted to have a team building event where they put together every bike, red wagon and bag of school supplies. What great gifts for our kids!  The gift of FREEDOM!
Thank you to Board Directors Robert and Amber Esparza for accepting and facilitating! Thank you to Christopher Gardner for help in transportation as well! Thank you to Board Directors Angela Brannon-Baptiste and Amber Esparza who were able to be a part of the bike giveaway with the Serra Mesa Food Pantry.  The kids were totally surprised!  After receiving her bike, one young girl asked, “Can I keep it?”  Thank you over and over!

Want to do something amazing like this with your company and our charity?  Contact us!

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Paints Uncorked at Tap & Press

February 2, 2016  7pm-9pm at Tap & Press

Come join us for fun with wine, paint, food and drinks! A professional Artist will lead our group to recreate the event’s featured painting while we enjoy music, socialize and order from the food and drink menu at Tap & Press! Awesome wine and great beers too!

Party Basics:

– Easy to follow instruction – All Supplies Included

– Take home finished painting – No Experience Necessary

Featured Painting: “Peacock”


Originally created for Paints Uncorked by Mikaela McLeish

Featured Artist: TBD


Cost: $45. Please use promo code SAVE10 to save $10!

Great Raffle, too!

Paints Uncorked is donating prizes for an awesome raffle and a portion of the ticket revenue to benefit It’s All About The Kids

Tap & Press is at 540 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103



It’s All About the Kids® Sunday Game with the San Diego Gulls

It’s All About the Kids® Sunday Game with the San Diego Gulls

Sunday, April 3, 2015 3pm at Valley View Casino Center on Sports Arena in San Diego !

We invite all It’s All about the Kids Supporters to come to the game with us!

We are also hosting teens from Storefront and the Toussaint Academy!

After the game, everyone is invited to go on the ice to take a picture and then skate on the ice!

  • gulls with kids smallBuy  tickets for yourself, your family, friends or SPONSOR AN IT’S ALL ABOUT THE KIDS® [IAATK] TEEN!
  • Tickets will include a ticket to the game in the It’s All About the Kid Section and a T-shirt!
  • Tickets for IAATK teens include a ticket to the game, a T-shirt, skate rental and snacks during the game!

Tickets are on sale until March 30, 2016 at 5pm or until we SELL OUT!

Buy Tickets

SD Charger Keenan Allan and Legoland Hosts It’s All About the Kids®

On December 21, 2015, San Diego Charger Keenan Allen and Legoland teamed up together and invited the It’s All about the Kids® Foundation for a fun day at Legoland!  Over 50 kids and their families played in the snow with Keenan, and then received toys from Legoland!  The families were then given a healthy snack and invited to stay for the day!

Thank you so much to Keenan Allen, LaChica Sports and Legoland for this awesome day! Photos by Chris Brake Photography.   For more photos, CLICK HERE!

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Gemological Institute of America, Inc. Toy Drive 2015

Huge Thank you to the wonderful folks at the Gemological Institute of America, Inc. for choosing It’s All About the Kids® and Dress for Success for your generosity ! The GIA family held  an awesome toy drive,  clothing, shoe and accessory drive and fundraising campaign in December 2015.   What an honor to be in such great company!  Read the Press Release !

gia group 2015Stephen Morisseau, GIA’s director of corporate communications; Veronika Janis, GIA’s senior coordinator of corporate events and meetings; Angela Brannon-Baptiste, co-founder and president of the Board for It’s All About the Kids Foundation; Sylvia Evans-McKinney, founder and executive director of Dress for Success San Diego; and Susan Schindelar, GIA’s vice president of global marketing. Photo by Emily Lane; © GIA


YumEarth Donates to It’s All about the Kids®

Huge Thank you to YumEarth for donating 80 cases of jelly beans, organic lollipops, and gummy bears to our charity! The delicious candy was shared with our partner charities Storefront [a program of San Diego Youth Services] and Volunteers of America.
YumEarth is the #1 Organic Candy in America! Two dads with young children, founded YumEarth out of their commitment to feed their families a diet rich in delicious honest foods. We are so grateful to receive your generosity!
Thank you to Chef Christopher Gardner of Volunteers of America for helping with transportation!
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Holiday Meals in 2015

A HUGE Thank you to The Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians for joining It’s All About The Kids® Foundation and providing Thanksgiving dinners to the special families of Christie’s Place, the only non-profit in San Diego dedicated to supporting families impacted by HIV/AIDS. Christie’s Place transforms lives by providing education, advocacy and support services to women, children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS.
For Thanksgiving 2015, with the generosity of The Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians and It’s All About the Kids® supporters, Christie’s Place was able to provide Holiday Meals for 87 families! We exceeded the goal of 70!

The Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians is also a sponsor of the Holiday Party for Kids that is held in honor of the children of Christie’s Place, Toussaint Academy and Storefront on December 12, 2015.  The children and their families are invited to enjoy a holiday meal, toy distribution, raffle, music, dancing, face painting, arts and crafts and photos with Santa.  We are so grateful for such generosity! Partying for a Purpose and  It’s All About The Kids® Foundation are honored to host and help produce the event !

Want to help and provide a toy, gift card or meal ?


It takes just a moment and makes a huge difference!

Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians

Holiday Toy Drives for 2015

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What a great year! Our Goal was to collect 1600 and we exceeded our goal with more than 2000!

The charities we support:
Christie’s Place
Serra Mesa Food Pantry
Toussaint Academy
Family Justice Center/ Crime Victims Fund
and Orphanages in Baja Mexico thru Santa Caus !

Want to have a toy drive at your work in 2016? Or with your family?
Contact us at events at


Thank you to our individuals, families and companies !

  • John Mabee
  • Jeff Mendelson & Friends
  • Houzz [San Diego office]
  • Guru Tattoo
  • Evolve Tattoo Removal
  • Gavigan Family
  • Peregrine Realty Partners, Inc
  • Bonita Golf Course
  • Parq Nightclub
  • Alliant Insurance
  • SoCal Professional Wresting
  • Gemological Institute of America, Inc
  • Burberry
  • Swiderski Family
  • Sporting San Diego
  • Koko’s Catering
  • Milestone Running Store


Real Deal Mattress
7636 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA Open Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm
We love you! More than 250 toys and gift cards were donated! Thank you to the Hard Core Fitness family for your generosity!
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Miller’s Field in Pacific Beach
4465 Mission Blvd, Pacific Beach Open 11am-2am daily
Love Ya Ray and Miller’s Field crew! A full carload was collected again this year! You rock!
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Chiropractique – 2 locations!
North Park and Mission Hills
Open: Mon-Fri: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Sun: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Chiropractique family – you rule! Thanks for hosting your first year at both of your locations! Thank you!
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Jonville Team/ Keller Williams Realty
1215 San Elijo Rd. San Marcos, CA 92078
Business Hours: Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm, Sat. 10 – 2pm

Thank you for your donations ! Great first year!
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Friday and Saturday, Dec 5 & 6, 2015 Toys for Tacos at  Pacific Beach Fish Shop and Encinitas Fish Shop !  THANK YOU SO MUCH!


star-wars-night3Tuesday, December 8, 2015 7pm-10pm
Partying for a Purpose at Sushi Lounge on Market ! Star Wars Night!
Thank you so much for a fun night!




Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Private Toy Drive at the San Diego Real Estate and Investments Holiday Party ! Thank you so much for a wonderful evening with awesome people!

Thursday, December 10, 2015
Private Toy Drive at the Big Block Holiday Party ! Thank you for another fabulous party this year! Your generosity abounds! Thanks over and over!

Friday, December 11, 2015
USD Theatre Department & Alpha Psi Omega’ s Winter Wonderland Toy Drive – Thank you so much !



Monday, December 14, 2015
West Coast Tavern Holiday Party and  Toy Drive
Thank you so much! Click here for photos!






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What an amazing night! Partying for a Purpose Toy Drive at Omnia Nightclub
Thank you to everyone at Omnia, and Daniel Lim for a great night! Thank you to Jamari and Aquanette for hosting! Thank you to Santa David Dodd and elves Meeshie, Tiffanie and Rowena!
Thank you to our photographers!
Photos from Chris Brake Photography
Photos from JWT Photography


The PAJAMA BRUNH AT SNOOZE WAS AMAZING!  THANK YOU to the Bearded Bachman Boys, LLC for organizing and collecting over 200 toys and almost $500 in cash donations!





Thank you to our Auction and Raffle Donors:

  • Sushi Lounge on Market
  • F6ix
  • SideBar
  • Sushi Deli 2
  • San Diego Whale Watching
  • Cafe Sevilla
  • Sanctuate
  • Kristee Tamulis from Cielo Salon
  • The Local Pacific Beach
  • Pacific Beach Fish Shop
  • The Blind Burro
  • Tilted Kilt Downtown
  • Devil’s Dozen
  • Omnia Nightclub
  • West Coast Tavern