Carmel Valley San Diego Community 2012 Launch & Benefit Event

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More than 120 local residents and business-owners gathered at the Pacific Athletic Club in Carmel Valley to help raise funds for a local non-profit called Outside the Lens.

More than 120 local residents and business-owners gathered at the Pacific Athletic Club in Carmel Valley to help raise funds for a local non-profit called Outside the Lens.

As the crowd began to gather at the Pacific Athletic Club, everyone felt the excitement and anticipation in the building. After walking in and hearing Johnny Tarr performing, no one couldn’t help but feel upbeat. Through his unique style and ability to play multiple instruments, Johnny wowed all those in attendance. In addition, guests had the opportunity to sample delicious food and treats from Burlap, Jimbo’s…Naturally! and Sweet Thoughts! To drink, guests enjoyed Nika Water and Magners Cider.

Amanda Baumgarden, one of Burlap’s top chefs, served Burlap’s famous savory chicken balls (with balsamic teriyaki). Guests were so fortunate to have Chef Baumgarden and Burlap present especially considering that it was the first day of Restaurant Week, yet Burlap made attending the community event a priority. Burlap is currently North County San Diego’s most popular restaurant and is sister restaurant to the acclaimed Searsucker. This may come as no surprise since hospitality impresario James Brennan, and award winning and very-talented celebrity chef Brian Malarkey, are behind Burlap’s concept and reason for success. Having Burlap’s support and involvement during the event made it an unforgettable experience for all.

Organic fruit, sandwiches, wraps and vegetable trays where generously donated by the local Jimbo’s…Naturally! The “Cali Wrap” was a vegetarian option and came with Jimbo’s own hummus, avocado, cheddar cheese, organic lettuce, organic tomato, organic cucumber, organic onion, sprouts, wrapped in a whole wheat lavash. And the “Range Rover Sandwich” came with range grown oven roasted turkey breast with avocado, Monterey Jack cheese, organic lettuce, organic tomato, sprouts and sun dried tomato spread on 6-grain bread. It is amazing how much Jimbo’s does every month for Carmel Valley and every other community where a Jimbo’s store is located. Just last month they gave hundreds of free lunches to local teachers as a way to say thanks. Jimbo's Marketing Coordinator stated that by attending the event, he hoped to further spread Jimbo’s vision of putting “a piece of organic fruit in every child’s recycled lunch bag.”

For the person with a sweet-tooth, Sweet Thoughts of San Diego made their famous “Home-Made S’mores” right on the spot. Sandra Uyeunten, owner of Sweet Thoughts, also brought some delicious candy cupcakes for everyone to enjoy.

About an hour into the event, David A Moya, Founder of The Carmel Valley Life, welcomed everyone and presented the publications official launch video. Thankfully, the video was generously sponsored by the Dazlell Group Real Estate, and professionally produced by the experts from The KNOW in San Diego.

Shortly after the video presentation, guests heard from one of the youngest community contributor and Junior Sports Editor, Jason Friedman. Jason spoke about his involvement with The Carmel Valley Life and how being a part of this movement, he was helping make the Carmel Valley San Diego community even more connected and thus creating something of lasting value for future generations to come.

Another great opportunity for guests to see young local talent was through the form of dance. Local dance group, Jam Time Dance Crew, paid the community a visit and performed live. About 10 young lively girls danced their hearts out for a good cause, and helped set the right tone going into the “opportunity drawing.” More than 20 gifts were donated by local residents and business-owners to help raise funds for Outside The Lens. It was an exciting and memorable part of the event, thanks in part to participants like Louis Mckay of North County Dance Arts Inc., who purchase multiple arm-length tickets and provided entertainment as his name was being called.

There’s something very special about being a part of a group of volunteers who are dedicated to the Carmel Valley San Diego community, and who are always ready and willing to help. The organization is anxiously looking forward to the next event that will bring together all of Carmel Valley’s finest again.

***A special thanks to all those that contributed to the success of the event:
Renee Lutz and Micki Jones of the Pacific Athletic Club
Chef Amanda Baumgarden, James Brennan and Chris Puffer of Burlap
Kelly Hartford and Ross Epstein of Jimbo’s…Naturally!
Sandra Uyeunten of Sweet Thoughts
Jeffrey Church and Jordan Mellul of Nika Water
Molly Stokas and Samantha Matthews of Magners
Ryan, Kevin and Jim Dalzell of the Dalzell Group Real Estate
Tracy Aragon of One Paseo – A Main Street for Carmel Valley
Mary Beth Kelle of The KNOW in San Diego
Rachel Lebowitz, Layla Mazdyasni, and Skylar Economy of Outside the Lens
Trevor Sacco and Jordan Friedman of the Sacco Restaurant Group
Blake Miller of Pro Motion Entertainment
Ruben Monet of Jam Time Dance Crew
Chris Palencia of Jason Paul Marketing
Todd Pianin of Samuel Scott Financial Group
Phoebe Chongchua of Live, Fit Films
Bobby Buchanon of Buchanan Design
Robert Dahey of Robert Dahey Photography
Matt Green and Janelle Gutierrez of 6 Degrees
Will Traenkle of Tranquilnet
Minh T. Nguyen of Minh’s Living Tree
Jacklyn Kinnon of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
George Katakalidis of Taverna Blu
Excelda Imerman of Brazilia Skin Care
Meghan Carraher of Salon Mar
Stacy Modugno of Fun N Fit Kids

The Carmel Valley Life is a community inspired organization & publication, comprised of local leaders who work together to create a greater sense of community, connection & contribution.

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