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Formal Dress Donation Drive – March 20-23, 2016

Formal Dress Donation Drive @ Grossmont College ASGC office in Griffin Center (Building 60)

As part of Women’s History Month, a donation drive is being held for new or used formal gowns/cocktail dresses to donate to the El Cajon Library in support of its Gown Giveaway event to help local high school girls in need of attire for upcoming spring formals.

Dresses should be clean and in good condition.

Drop off is at the Associated Students of Grossmont College (ASGC) office in Griffin Center (Building 60) between 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday.

CLICK HERE to see all upcoming Women’s History Month events. All events are free and open to the public.

Rally for Riley – Local Boy Diagnosed With Ewing’s Sarcoma

Rally for RileyDear Friends, Neighbors and Rancho San Diego Community Members,

Local boy, Riley Ransdall, has been diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma at 11 years old. Ewing’s is an extremely rare cancer that metastasizes in the bones and soft tissues around bones. Riley must undergo 13 weeks of chemotherapy, surgery to remove the tumor and then radiation. He must brave a total of 52 weeks ( an entire year) of treatment.

Riley is an active and bright boy. Until recently, he played little league in Alpine. He now plays Granite Hills Youth Football and is a Sweetwater Warrior at East County Warriors Youth Lacrosse Club. He currently attends Spring Valley Academy an International Baccalaureate Middle Years School, and is on the honor roll. Riley’s family has been in Alpine and San Diego County for over 40 years. [From Kristin Benson] Until recently, he lived down the street from my family and even though he is older than my children, he was always willing to play with them and include them. Not many 5th graders are willing to play with 6 and 7-year-olds. He is a kind and generous boy. My family is honored and blessed to know Riley and his family.

You can Help us Rally for Riley and support him and his family as he begins his treatment. Please read below to find information about donations, fundraisers, and other ways to help. There are 2 fundraisers coming up, one of which needs donations for auction items, monetary donations to buy supplies, and party supply rentals.



Greek Village Grill Fundraiser – February 6, 2017
Come rally for Riley from 11 am – 9 pm at Greek Village Grill in Alpine! Greek Village Grill will donate 20% of sales that day to Riley. You MUST print out bring in the flyer below in order for Riley to get 20%. (click to enlarge)

Greek Village Fundraiser











Fashion Show Fundraiser – February 26, 2017
We will be hosting a fashion show, silent auction, and raffle at the Alpine Community Center to benefit Riley Ransdell and his family. We will live auction different looks from our local boutiques, as well as many other great auction items! There will also be an emcee!

**DONATIONS NEEDED: auction items, monetary donations to buy supplies, and party supply rentals. To arrange pick up contact Kristin at 619-277-8537.



A Bank Account has been established to receive donations. Donations can be mailed to:

In Care of Kristin Benson
14860 Old Highway 80
El Cajon, CA. 92021

If you are donating an item for the Fashion Show fundraiser, please contact Kristin at 619-277-8537.

GoFundMe Link:

Rally for Riley Bracelets: $3 or a donation

Rally bracelets are here! $3 or a donation. The bracelets are available at the W Salon and Spa on Old Hwy 80.

Rally for Riley Keychains: $5

Rally for Riley keychains are available at W Salon and Spa, and online here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/503146385/rally-for-riley-key-chain-pediatric

Rally For Riley Bracelets  Keychains

Dog House Donation Drive for Dogs in Need in Our Backcountry!

Last year 23 dog houses were donated and distributed to dogs in need in our local mountains!


It’s that time again…cold and snowy in Boulevard, east of Rancho San Diego in the mountains.  There are still many dogs that need dog houses and blankets to help them keep comfortable during these storms and even in the summer, to protect them from the heat.  If you have a dog house or blankets to donate, I will come and pick them up from you and distribute them as needed up here.  This is the 4th year I’ve done this.  You are helping so many dogs with your generous donations of houses and blankets.

Please call or text me at: (619) 964-1181 or e-mail me at Pam.Lawless@GCCCD.edu.  Thank you for your compassion for the animals. – Pam Lawless

Jingle Paws Walk for Pets – Mark the Date!

Aces Foundation is proud to host the 6th annual Jingle Paws Walk for Pets on December 3, 2016. Festivities begin at 9:00am with a Blessing of the Animals, warm up with Leash Your Fitness; walk begins immediately after. Fun walk, 1 K and 5k(unsanctioned). Anyone who loves animals is encouraged to join the walk. Walkers can come with or without a companion animal. We invite you to stay for Santa’s Village, which begins immediately after Jingle Paws Walk. Vendors, Rescues and photos with Santa! It’s sure to be a fun filled day with YOUR POOCH! Hope to see you there.

When: December 3rd, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (Festivities begin at 9 am!)
Where: Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College
Cost: $35, includes the walk, a photo with Santa, a goodie bag, and 5 tickets to be used towards opportunity drawing prizes!


Teddy Bear Drive Family Night

The Santee Sheriff’s Station would like to invite you to join us at our Teddy Bear Drive event which will be held on Thursday, November 3. All teddy bears, and other stuffed animals, will be donated to Rady Children’s Hospital. Please bring a new, huggable teddy bear, with the tags still attached and receive a free Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich or Chick-fil-A nuggets kid’s meal. You will also be able to interact with law enforcement and fire department personnel.