It’s All About the Kids Named #2 Children’s Charity in San Diego

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Posted 01.30.2015 in News

The It’s All About the Kids Foundation is happy to announce that we have been chosen as the #2 Children’s Charity in San Diego, according to www.hauteliving.com. The Miami based internet site that  highlights the best of everything in major cities.

“The national recognition that our charity is receiving is a testament to the good work that the board and Angela have done over the years.  We should all be proud that our organization never sought recognition but only focused on doing good work for those in need in San Diego.” said Shawn Heyl, It’s All About the Kids President and Co-Founder. “Every once in a while we find ourselves involved in a business or organization that we really can be proud to be a part of and that really makes a difference.  ”

Read the article at www.hauteliving.com . Posted 2010.

Viejas Arena makes a difference!

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Posted 01.29.2015 in News

Thank you Jessica Harris and Viejas Arena for donating BOXES of bags filled with awesome toiletry items to our charity It’s All About the Kids Foundation!

There are boxes and boxes full! We will have enough to provide to our teens at charities here in San Diego and in orphanages in Mexico! And we just received an email from a new orphanage in Tijuana yesterday and they specifically asked for hygiene products! Thank you over and over! We can’t wait to deliver them!

Can’t wait to see what other fun donations come from the great events at the Viejas Arena! THANK YOU !

SD Chamber of Commerce Business After Five Mixer at Total Combat Paintball

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Posted 01.10.2015 in Fundraising Events, News

Total Combat Paintball
&
It’s All about the Kids Foundation
Host the SD Chamber of Commerce
Business After Five Mixer

Wednesday
Feb 4, 2015


It’s All About the Kids is honored to join
Total Combat Paintball to host the
San Diego Chamber of Commerce Business After Five Mixer.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

What better way to cap off the Chamber’s 30-day Get Fit Challenge than to have some paintball fun?
Mix and mingle at Total Combat Paintball for the Business After Five Mixer and learn how you can spice up your fitness routine
by mixing in different activities like paintball.
Food, drinks, tastings and more!

This is San Diego’s premier professional networking mixer!

CLICK HERE to see what members have to say!

Chamber Members Only.

Not a member and want to attend? SEND ANGELA@itsallaboutthekids.org AN EMAIL TO GET ON THE GUESTLIST. Space is limited.

Bring your business cards!

Thank you to Sponsors:

Total Combat Paintball
San Diego Chamber of Commerce
ESET Internet Security
Blue Shield of California
Qualcomm
It’s All About the Kids Foundation
Henebery Celebrated Whiskey
St Petersburg Vodka
Fat Cat Beer
Etchings Expressions
Venga Venga
San Diego Bacon Fest
Mission Valley Craft Beer Festival
Sanctuate! Spa
Aflac
Bare Mixers
IRepair
Vertical Tax
Hands of an Angel
BikiniGaga
US ARMY
UFC GYM
Latino Film Industry
Alliance MMA

Location:
Total Combat Paintball
1699 Main Street
San Diego, CA, 92113

Global Teams In Engineering Service (TIES) program at UCSD Make a Difference

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Posted 01.10.2015 in News

]It’s All about the Kids Foundation was chosen for the 3rd straight semester by Brandon Reynante professor of the Global Teams In Engineering Service (TIES) program at UCSD. Groups of students solve challenges proposed by President Angela Brannon. The challenges have included solutions for a bid card program for silent auction, an online donations, and dirty water at partner orphanages in Baja Mexico.
In Fall of 2014, Professor Mandy Bratton’s class was asked to create a mobile app for one of the charity’s activities with teens. Two teams presented fantastic starts to a long term project that will help children learn life skills. The fabulous students worked on the projects and then presented to Angela as their semester final. Each semester she was blown away by the amazing solutions.
One of the most impactful challenge was the problem of dirty water at the orphanages. This has been an ongoing problem. The water is from a tank or a well, both not clean. The students came up with a water filtration system that was very affordable and included a see-saw as the pump, therefore, not needing electricity. AMAZING!
Beginning January 20, 2014, the Spring semester students will be challenged with implementing the bid card program and creating a garden with used water for the partner orphanages. President Angela Brannon Skyped into the class to discuss the challenges for the spring! So cool! Final projects will be presented in June. We can’t wait!

It’s All about the Kids is honored to be a part of this wonderful program. It rocks!
Thank you to both professors and the awesome students for making a difference!

Properties for a Purpose

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Posted 01.08.2015 in Fundraising Events, News

It’s All About the Kids Foundation’s newest fundraising program is Properties for a Purpose!
Fabulous Real Estate Agents are pledging donations when It’s All About the Kids Foundation
supporters buy and sell homes!
Making a difference one home at a time!
Find the home of your dreams, downsize or buy income properties !

LISA VOMERO INOUYE

Lisa Vomero Inouye of Keller Williams Realty has pledged $500 when an It’s All about the Kids Foundation supporter buys or sells a home as her as the agent! To contact her, please call 858-945-2692 or email her at LisaVI108@gmail.com.

Why Lisa with Keller Williams Realty?

Lisa represents every client with honesty and integrity at all times in their real estate transactions by delivering high quality, professional real estate services!

Licenses, experience and education
• San Diego Association of Realtors, License 624800
• California Association of Realtors, License 01316581
• National Association of Realtors, License 196518915
• Successfully negotiated more than 300 real estate contracts
• Brings 25 years of engineering and land development experience
• Graduate Work, Geology, Arizona State University, Arizona
• Bachelors of Science Degree, Geology, Cum Laude University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Professional Associations and Awards
•Keller Williams Top Producer – 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009
•Certified by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing
•Commercial Real Estate Women previous New Member Award Winner
•Member University Club, “Atop Sympathy Tower,” A Club Corp Company
•National Association of Realtors® E-Pro Certified
•Past President Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS)
•American Society of Civil Engineers previous board Member
•American Public Works Association – Outstanding service in the Private Sector Award
•Division Scholar – and first women ever – to win the award in the department’s History!

KRISTA LOMBARDI

Krista Lombardi always wanted to be a real estate agent. It is her passion. Krista, a tireless worker and always does what’s best for her clients. To better serve her clients she now has a team of five experienced agents including a commercial real estate agent. If someone mentions real estate call Krista to experience the 5 Star Service difference. You’ll be glad you did! Krista has pledged $500 for each property! Please contact Krista at kristalombardi@gmail.com or (619) 519-3251

In 2014, Krista participated in the Charity Challenge and raised $1600 for It’s All About the Kids Foundation !

Krista Lombardi, REALTOR® SRS, CRS,CNE,CDPE
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties
890 W. Washington St.
San Diego, CA. 92103
CA BRE#01504924
Member of the Institute For Luxury Home Marketing,
San Diego Magazine’s 7 Year Winner for Best in Client Satisfaction
Cell: (619) 519-3251
Fax: (866) 201-4710

San Diego Union Tribune – Voted Best Real Estate Agent 2011
San Diego Union Tribune – Voted #3 in San Diego County 2012
Get WIRED into everything San Diego at the http://SanDiegoRealEstateCafe.com/blog

GIA Brightens the Season for the It’s All about the Kids Foundation

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Posted 12.29.2014 in Media, News

Thank you so much to GIA (Gemological Institute of America) employees and students in Carlsbad for holding an amazing toy drive for It’s All about the Kids! The following article appeared online [click here ] and in the Coast News and the Union Tribune Newspaper!

GIA (Gemological Institute of America) employees and students in Carlsbad are helping brighten the holiday season for San Diego children and teens through its annual Holiday Gift Drive. This year, the Institute collected nearly 250 toys and supplies and more than $1,600 for It’s All About the Kids©, a nonprofit foundation that supports local children’s charities.

Items donated to It’s All About the Kids Foundation include bicycles, playpens, learning toys and puzzles, stuffed animals, dolls, flash drives, books, art supplies and much more. Donations will go directly to two of the foundation’s partner charities, the Serra Mesa Food Pantry and the Crime Victims Fund.

“We’re so honored to be the recipient of toys and donations from GIA this holiday season. For most of our kids, this is the only present they will receive this year, and we are so grateful for such amazing generosity,” said Angela Brannon-Baptiste, co-founder and president of the Board for It’s All About the Kids Foundation. “GIA is making a huge difference in the lives of our children this holiday season and throughout the year.”

“Knowing exactly where our donations will go has really inspired our students and staff to enthusiastically embrace the spirit of the season and make contributions this year,” added Susan Jacques, GIA’s president and CEO. “We hope to make the holidays shine a bit brighter for those at the Serra Mesa Food Pantry and the Crime Victims Fund.”

Since 1996, GIA’s Holiday Gift Drive has supported a local charity each year. It’s All About the Kids Foundation is a nonprofit organization that creates new and innovative programs to benefit children’s charities and enhance the lives of less fortunate children and their families. It’s All About the Kids is committed to the advancement of children through the joining of music, the arts and the generosity of corporations and individuals. In all, the foundation collects toys for over 1,500 children in San Diego and Baja Mexico.


Angela Brannon-Baptiste, co-founder and president of the Board for It’s All About the Kids Foundation (second from the left) with GIA staff Sarah Hatfield, Carol Moffatt and Veronika Janis. Photo by Kevin Schumacher; © GIA

About GIA

An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.

Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. Visit www.gia.edu.

Parq Nightclub’s Amazing Toy Drive

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Posted 12.28.2014 in News

Thank you so much to the awesome employees of San Diego Parq Nightclub and the Carlos Becerra Family ! Nearly 100 toys were donated to It’s All About the Kids Foundation. Such generosity! Mr. Potato Head, Star Wars legos, soccer balls, Disney backpacks and more! This donation put the total of toys collected OVER 1500 this year! Bags of toys were then delivered to the Serra Mesa Food Pantry and shared with Mothers and Fathers from the organization! The parents were able to choose a toy and a stocking stuffer! Thank you so much for making the holidays brighter for San Diego’s kids!

More photos CLICK HERE!

Holiday Toy Drives 2014

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Posted 11.10.2014 in Fundraising Events, News

Each year, It’s All About the Kids commits to helping our partner charities help make the holidays special for over 1500 kids.
THIS YEAR…WE DID IT AND MORE! We collected over well over 1500 toys to help kids in San Diego and Baja Mexico have a wonderful holiday!

We collected toys for our partner charities:
Christie’s Place
Euinme
Crime Victims Fund
Serra Mesa Food Pantry
Santa Caus (orphanages in Baja Mexico)

Partying for a Purpose hosts Toy Drive Parties !

Nov 23, 2014 1pm-5pm
Ooh Fashionista Boutique Toy Drive and Shopping Party
111 Chesterfield Dr Suite 117, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California 92007
Thank you so much to our hosts Wendy, Kristy and Hortencia!
Thanks to the generous donors who brought a toy!
Thank you to sponsor Travel Set Go (value $99).
Thank you to Xtchings Expressions for the great wine!
20% of each purchase will be donated to our charity!!

Dec 4, 2014 7pm-9pm
Partying for a Purpose Toy Drive at The Blind Burro
639 J St, San Diego,CA 92101
What a fun night at The Blind Burro! Guests donated a car load of toys and we raised $400 in cash for gift cards! Thank you to The Blind Burro for the awesome tacos, margaritas Tecate. Thank you to our sponsor Travel Set Go! Thank you to raffle donors, The Local Pacific Beach, St Petersburg Vodka, Henebery Whiskey and Etchings Expressions. Thank you Santa for stopping by!
CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS!

Dec 5, 2014 6pm-9pm
Hard Rock Float
207 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
2014 Client Appreciation Party hosted by O’Byrne Team and Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty
Fun night at Float! Thank you to Seth O’Byrne and donors who brought toys or donated money!

Dec 9, 2014 7pm-10pm
RA Sushi Ugly Holiday Sweater Toy Drive
The Third Annual Ugly Sweater Party was a great success with a car load of toys and over $300 for gift cards! The sweaters were awesome with Josh Diaz taking home the top prize of a $50 RA Sushi Gift certificate! Thank you to RA Sushi, Travel Set Go, and raffle donors Christys’ Hats, St Petersburg Vodka, Henebery Whiskey, Etching Expressions, The Local Pacific Beach and Touch of Theta Massage Therapeutics. Even Santa and his Elves stopped by! CLICK HERE for the awesome photos!

Dec 11, 2014 5:30pm-9pm
Big Block Realty Holiday Party! Thank you so much Big Block Realty! The office was packed with generous donors who brought 2 car loads of toys and almost $500 in cash for gift cards! Thank you to Santa for coming to the party for photos and spread cheer. Thank you to sponsors Ninkasi Brewing, St Petersburg Vodka, Trattoria Fantastico and Henebery Celebrated Whiskey. Thank you to our raffle donors: Scuitto Team, Big Block Realty, St Petersburg Vodka, Henebery Celebrated Whiskey, Etchings Expressions, The Local Pacific Beach, Pacific Beach Fish Shop, Sushi Deli and RA Sushi. The highlight of the night was when Big Block Realty gave a Mercedes Benz away – an amazing year’s lease !
CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS!

Dec 14, 2014 3pm-8pm
Bourbon Street 4612 Park Blvd, San Diego
Holiday Toy Drive!
What an amazing Sunday Funday at Bourbon Street! Thank you to Javier, Gardenia and their staff for making this happen! Thank you to DJ’s : Cris Herrera, Chad Fortin, Joe Pea, Ivan Gregory, Uriah West, and Matthew Brian – you had us dancing all afternoon, into the night! The playpen filled up with toys and guests enjoyed Otter Pop and Candied Apple Shots featuring St Petersburg Vodka!
CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS!

Dec 22, 2014 6pm-9pm
Tilted Kilt Downtown Monday Night Football and Toy Drive
310 10th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

What an amazing night! Thank you to everyone at Tilted Kilt San Diego – Downtown for an awesome evening! Thank you to our sponsors Henebery Celebrated Whiskey, Travel Set Go and La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic ! Thank you also to our generous check donors, John R Mabee of Golden Eagle Farms, Jesse Fanning of Henebery Celebrated Whiskey and Krista Lombardo of the Krista Lombardi Charity Challenge. Thank you to all our guests who brought amazing toys for our kids! Thank you also to our raffle and silent auction donors, Tilted Kilt, Sushi Deli, Fluxx, Side Bar, F6ix, Don Chido, RA Sushi, Pacific Beach Fish Shop, The Local Pacific Beach, Touch of Theta Massage Therapeutics, ELiveLife, and Shoelin Kempo Arts. We raised $13,600 !

Thank you to our companies who also held toy drives!
Parq Night Club
Miller’s Field
Darian and Becky Jo’s Birthday Party
Nancy Rankin & Family
Teresa Miller
BIG BLOCK Realty
Alliant Insurance
Excelsior Academy
Peregrine
Dudek
Qualcomm, Inc
Wellness & Longevity Medical Group of La Jolla Inc.
Mojo Vapors
GIA – Gemological Institute of America
Synergy Corporate Housing
Fire & Rescue Team, City of San Diego
Pure Financial Advisers
So Cal Lady Elves
Evolution Nutrition & Athletics
Chuck Jones Gallery
Swedenborgian Church
Emerald Connect

And Bicycles donated by:
BIA Cares Foundation, charitable arm of the Building Industry Assoc. of San Diego
and arranged by Eric Jones, Harcourts .

Interested in making a difference in 2015? Please contact Angela at itsallaboutthekids.org

San Diego Bacon Fest 2014

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Posted 08.16.2014 in News

San Diego Bacon Week ! It’s All About the Kids® Foundation is proud to be the charity for Bacon Week!

San Diego Bacon Week kicked off with Bacon Jam on Sunday, August 24th and continued throughout the entire week with special events until the best day ever was upon us, International Bacon Day and The Hormel Black Label Bacon Fest.

Here was the amazing week of events! For more details, go to www.sdbaconfest.com

SUNDAY, August 24th
Bacon Jam – Details To Be Announced

MONDAY, August 25th
Bacon Moonshine Release Party at Kill Devil Spirit Co.

TUESDAY, August 26th
Bacon Feast at The Promiscuous Fork

WEDNESDAY, August 27th
Kevin’s Bacon Ale Release Party at Helms Brewing

THURSDAY, August 28th
Bacon Takeover at Bub’s at the Ballpark + The Blind Burro + Southpaw Social Club

FRIDAY, August 29th
International Bacon Film Festival at The USS Midway Museum

The 2nd Annual International Bacon Film Fest was awesome. An evening devoted to bacon showcasing short films about the greatest piece of meat known to man. Bacon. In an effort to show bacon the respect it deserves, we found on the flight deck of the historical USS Midway Museum aircraft carrier! WHAT an amazing venue, the short documentaries were great and The Routine tore it up! And yes, Bacon…bacon wrapped hot dogs, Bacon cheeseburger sliders, bacon mac and cheese, with Hormel Black Label Chocolate or Maple bacon on a stick! yep..that was the menu!

SATURDAY, August 30th

Hormel Black Label Bacon Fest at Liberty Station

What a top notch event! The Routine kicked off the day at 1pm for the VIP guests who snacked on the bacon dishes and tasted awesome craft beer and spirits! The day continued with Cruz and 40oz to Freedom along with carnival games and even…a dunk the vegetarian booth. Thank you to organizers Gus Thompson, Robert and Amber Esparza and all the sponsors for making this the best festival of the summer. Can’t wait for 2015. Mark you calendars now.

www.sdbaconfest.com

Henebery Charity Golf Classic – September 22, 2014

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Posted 08.15.2014 in News

September 22, 2014 was the Inaugural Henebery Charity Golf Classic at the beautiful La Jolla Country Club. In staying with our founding principle of “Dare Maxima Virtus” or “Giving is the Greatest Virtue” we is donating all proceeds to a host of great causes. It’s All about the Kids® is one of the benefiting charities!
More info www.heneberyevents.com

Golfers enjoyed golf at the prestigious La Jolla Country Club Course, a goodie bag, a boxed lunch, opportunities to win great prizes, and an awards dinner and auction at La Jolla Country Club. First 30 signups were entered into a raffle to win a case of San Diego’s finest; Henebery Whiskey!

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