Annual Event to Benefit Programs for San Diegans with Disabilities
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SAN DIEGO (May 31, 2013) – In addition to showcasing a vibrant lineup of entertainment, art and culinary delicacies, the 27th Annual La Jolla Festival of the Arts™ (LJFA), June 22 to 23 at UC San Diego Warren Field, will benefit nearly 30 San Diego programs – all of which support adaptive sports and recreation programs for San Diegans with disabilities.
“The La Jolla Festival of the Arts is our way of serving the San Diego community,” said Ted Peña, executive director of LJFA and Torrey Pines Kiwanis Club member. “The proceeds from LJFA fund programs that allow San Diegans with disabilities to live active, engaged lives.”
The popular annual fine arts festival will raise funds for a full roster of local programs, among them: Sharp Memorial Rehabilitation Center, which has provided comprehensive rehabilitation services throughout San Diego County for 50 years; Mission Bay Aquatic Center, which offers an accessible water sports program plus specific classes adapted for persons with disabilities; Paws’itive Teams Service Dogs, providing service dogs for persons with disabilities; and Cal-Diego Paralyzed Veterans Association, which improves the quality of life for veterans of the United States Armed Forces and others with a spinal cord injury or disease.
Since 1987, the fine arts festival has raised more than $1.7 million for programs that have served about 40,000 disabled San Diegans. The list of this year’s beneficiaries features more organizations than ever – providing everything from golf and therapeutic horseback riding to junior wheelchair sports camp and wheelchair rugby.
The complete list of beneficiaries includes:
• Ability First Camp Paivika
• Adaptive Sports Association Durango Ski School
• Arts Bus Xpress
• Aseltine School
• Cal-Diego Paralyzed Veterans Association
• Canine Companions Service Dogs
• City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department
• Family Karate
• From Rehab to Golf Course – Project Fore
• Grossmont Union High School District Adaptive Physical Education
• Hage Elementary Integrated Life Skills Program
• Helen Woodward Animal Center Therapeutic Riding Program
• Kids on the Block of San Diego
• La Jolla YMCA Inclusion Programs
• Mission Bay Aquatic Center Adaptive Water Sports
• National Multiple Sclerosis Society Day on the Bay
• Operation Game On Wounded Warrior Golf Program
• Paws’itive Teams Service Dogs
• Project Fore – from Rehab to Golf Course
• San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation
• San Diego Brain Injury Foundation
• San Diego School District Adapted Physical Education
• Rehabilitation Services at Sharp Memorial Hospital
• Sharp Healthcare Arts for Healing
• Sharp Healthcare Rugby Team
• Sharp Healthcare Sailing Team
• St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center
• Wheelchair Tennis at the Barnes Tennis Center
LJFA runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased online for $12 until June 21st; $14 tickets at the door. Take I-5 to Genesee Avenue or La Jolla Village Drive exits and follow the signs. Active duty military and children ages 16 years and under are free. Abundant FREE PARKING is available; free bike parking at the entrance.
About La Jolla Festival of the Arts
The La Jolla Festival of the Arts is a fine arts festival held annually since 1987 and currently showcases nearly 200 of the West's finest artists. LJFA is produced by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Club, a 501(c)(3) organization that raises funds to support adaptive sports and recreation programs for San Diegans with disabilities. LJFA is partially funded by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.ljfa.org.