The third annual Fallbrook Healthcare Foundation (DBA: Foundation for Senior Care) fundraising dinner and concert held at the Pala Mesa Resort was a rousing success, sold out with 200 guests.
On Saturday evening, November 1, the event, dubbed “Dinner with the Docs,” featured a number of local physicians and veterinarians as special guests. Local pharmacists were also in attendance.
This is the first year that the Foundation has taken the fundraiser outside of the Adult Day Care Center (“The Club”) venue. Last year they couldn’t accommodate any more guests and had to turn people away; however, for this year’s event they were able to welcome twice as many guests.
Foundation Executive Director Morgan Cadmus mentioned that he was very excited about the fact that the event was sold out. Although this is the third fundraiser, the idea of the “Dinner with the Docs” is new and was established in order to acquaint the community with the local doctors.
Attendees were given a choice of entrees from salmon to pot roast to succulent herbed chicken. Also served were a large green salad and a scrumptious chocolate mousse cake.
Guests were treated to a night of classical music including pieces by Mozart and Mendelssohn performed by concert pianist Jackson Borges and concert violinist Cindy Carrasquillo.
Borges is originally from Fallbrook and is the son of Teddie Borges, director of The Club. This talented pianist has been playing professionally for fifteen years and took his first piano and voice lessons in Fallbrook, studying under Susan Lutz. He also studied organ with Dr. John Redford at Fallbrook Presbyterian Church.
Borges holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in organ performance from San Diego State University and is now studying for a Master’s degree at Westminster Choir College in New Jersey while working as director of music at Freehold Presbyterian Church.
In addition to his moving piano performance, Borges treated the audience to a taste of his rich baritone voice as he sang the haunting tune “Once Upon a Time” while accompanied by Robert Macleod on the piano.
Carrasquillo is a versatile violinist who studied under Joni and Howard Hill as well as with Professor Felix Olshofka at San Diego State University. She currently teaches private lessons in San Diego. On her own, or with Borges, her music was solemn at times and brisk and lively at others.
Bob Wright, president of the Foundation’s board of directors, said that he was pleased that several sponsors supported the effort, mainly due to the involvement of the physicians.
Eileen Delaney, president-elect (will take office in June), mentioned that the services of the Foundation are run on donations. She also wanted the community to be aware of the fact that the Foundation’s services are either low-cost or free depending on the service.
“We want the doctors to be aware that they can refer their clients to our services,” she said, “especially clients who might not think they can afford it.”
The Fallbrook Healthcare Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that focuses on providing services that are not available by any other not-for-profit or government-supported agency. Currently, they operate three programs: Care Van, Senior Care Advocacy Program and The Club.
The Care Van provides free transportation for senior or disabled clients who are unable to drive. It transports clients, who are otherwise homebound, from the Fallbrook/Bonsall/De Luz/Rainbow area to doctors’ appointments, to the grocery store, pharmacy and the bank.
Wright mentioned that the Care Van gave 7,000 rides last year; and this year he said they are on schedule for 10,000 rides. “These people may not [otherwise] be able to get food,” Delaney added, “because they have no means of transportation.”
The Senior Care Advocate program reaches out to seniors in the community, providing them with support by arranging doctors’ appointments, buying groceries and arranging for minor home repairs, such as the installation of grab bars around toilets and showers and sometimes wheelchair ramps.
Wright mentioned that during the heavy rains a few years back they discovered a person who was living in a house with a paper roof. One of the care advocates was notified and the Foundation’s volunteers quickly installed a roof.
The Club is a safe place where memory-impaired adults can go to give their caregivers a day’s respite. Their fascinating programs include numerous activities and exercises throughout the day. The clients are excited when Karla Majewski with Pacific Animal Productions brings in her collection of exotic animals.
The night’s events ended on a poignant note when David, one of the wheelchair-bound clients from The Club, entertained the group with a lively harmonica solo.
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