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CCS Tea by the Sea 2006

June 11th, 2006
The Social Diary Columnist & Photographer Margo Schwab

The Center for Community Solutions, aka CCS, held its 7th Annual 'Tea by the Sea' at the Hilton Torrey Pines in La Jolla. And it was truly 'by the sea' as the ballroom offered guests expansive views over the Pacific Ocean.

It was a pretty setting April 18th as supporters collected together to enjoy an afternoon of champagne, a proper tea, and words of wisdom from guest speaker Deborah Santana. Deborah has had quite the life so far. She survived an early relationship of domestic violence, and has progressed from there to have a loving family and life with Carlos Santana. She has written a book too. Space Between the Stars: My Journey to an Open Heart.

As Deborah relates, she and husband Carlos are involved in their Milagro Foundation, which has thus far handed over $2 million to children and youth programs in arts, health and education. Milagro coincidentally means miracle.

CCS too takes its wisdom, and helps out others in need. With various domestic violence counseling, rape assistance, court advocacy, shelters and children's programs, CCS has taken the lead in San Diego for domestic violence prevention and intervention.

The luncheon had strong support too. Sponsors included The Home Depot, NORDSTROM, CUBIC, COX Communications Kids Foundation, Croce's Restaurant and Bars, ProFlowers, San Diego County Credit Union, Charriol, National University, Trattoria Positano's Jewel and Leon Kelley, and Tabor Communications.

Among the many honored this day were Lydia Shoopman, Sandy Roberts, Marc Kuritz, Cox Kids Foundation, Union Bank of California and Marites Hoyla.

Guests there included emcee Kimberly Hunt, CCS Executive Director Verna Griffin-Tabor, CCS Board President Anita Crandall, Dottie and Chuck Hansen of Viejas, Georgia and Blair Sadler, Margo Schwab, David Santistevan Senior Vice President of Colliers International, CCS Past President of the Board Deborah Palmer, Jennifer Whitelaw, Dustin Slack, Casey Gwinn of the Family Justice Center, Steve Allen and Co-Chairs, Jewel Kelley and Liza Boyer.

To learn more please click on www.ccssd.org .


* Margo Schwab has produced, written, interviewed and photographed for various media organizations since 1989. Schwab has an college degree from Scripps College and a Masters of Business degree from the University of San Diego. Schwab volunteers for numerous charity organizations. She also continues to lobby for water safety and for family violence mitigation. Schwab is the owner and publisher of the Social Diary.

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