Grub Crawl in Southern California Focuses on Food and Charity

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Temecula, CA-based nonprofit organization, Rancho Damacitas Children's Home, hosts food event to raise funds for abused children.

Grub Crawling is a growing trend in cities like San Francisco, New York and Chicago. Next stop for the “foodie” event: Old Town Temecula, CA. Much like a pub crawl, grub crawlers visit multiple restaurant locations, but the focus is on the food instead of the beverages. A Temecula-based nonprofit organization, Rancho Damacitas will host the first known grub crawl in Southern California on Thursday, July 11.

Rancho Damacitas serves as a home for children that have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. Director of Development Clifford Nunn explains the idea behind the trendy event, “We deal with tragedy on a daily basis. We wanted to create a fun and light-hearted community event that will commemorate our 30th Anniversary and allow us to educate participants on what we do and how they can get involved.” Each stop along the grub crawl will feature a timeline of growth for the nonprofit organization. Proceeds from the event will support costs for summertime extra-curricular activities for the 36 children that live at Rancho Damacitas.

The Rancho Damacitas First Annual Grub Crawl is scheduled for Thursday, July 11. Crawlers will assemble at Baily’s Old Town at 5:30 p.m. By the time the event is over, participants will have experienced the best menu offerings from The Edge Restaurant & Lounge, Texas Lil’s BBQ and Knuckleheads on Front Street.

Sponsorship opportunities for businesses are available by calling Kristi Reedy at PEAR Public Relations, (951) 704-6896.

Tickets to participate in the grub crawl are $40 in advance/$45 at the door. Price includes all food and a goody bag. Prices do not include beverages. Tickets can be purchased by calling (951) 302-7597. The crawl will start at Baily’s Old Town located at 28699 Old Town Front Street in Old Town Temecula. Additional information is available at

About Thessolanika Family Services (TFS)
Thessolanika Family Services is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing long-term care and treatment for children, most of whom have experienced abuse and neglect. Children accepted to TFS live at Rancho Damacitas, a community group home located in Temecula Valley Southern California wine country. If children cannot be reunited with their family or are adopted, Project Independence is a program designed by TFS to help children successfully transition to adulthood through counseling and emotional support services. TFS accepts children from Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. In 2013, the organization will celebrate its 30th Anniversary. More information about the organization and its programs can be found at or by calling (951) 302-2317.

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