The Cohn Restaurant Group's Menus with Meaning series invites San Diegans to open their hearts to the spirit of the holidays while enjoying an elegant, fine-dining experience for the benefit of a special cause: Boys to Men Mentoring Network. The San Diego-based nonprofit is dedicated to helping disconnected, often fatherless boys become good men. During the month of November, Vintana Wine + Dine is offering San Diegans the chance to savor a special three-course menu, showcasing the flavors of Chef Deborah Scott's signature California-inspired cuisine. While taking in Vintana's panoramic views of San Diego's scenic North County, diners can graze on Mini Lobster Mac n' Cheese or Golden Beet and Fennel Salad, followed by a main-course featuring Seared Diver Scallop or Slow-Braised Beef Short Ribs. A creamy Key Lime Tart or Chef Deborah's Special Brownie -- a rich, flavorful confection topped with vanilla ice cream, ganache and walnuts -- tops off the feast. Priced at $39.95 per person, Vintana's Menus with Meaning dinner may be relished with an optional $15.00 wine pairing. Vintana will donate 20 percent of the menu proceeds to Boys to Men Mentoring Network. San Diegans are encouraged to consider Menus with Meaning as the inspiration for their next night out on the town. They'll be treated to inspired contemporary fine dining in Vintana's elegant setting atop the Penthouse Level of the Lexus Center in Escondido. At the same time, they'll feel good about lending their support to an important cause: breaking the cycle of gangs, drugs and violence in the lives of boys who are on the cusp of becoming the good men they want to be. "Good friends and good food are a winning combination," Boys to Men Executive Director Craig McClain explained. "The Cohn Restaurant Group's Menus with Meaning series brings philanthropy to the dinner table. It's a wonderful opportunity for people to savor a meal with family and [...]
Video Report By 100 Wave Challenge Surf Ambassador Shawn Styles San Diego beaches have seen some big waves over the past few days - and for one San Diego company that means big business. The reason: many surfers hit the water with boards that can't handle the surf. News 8's Shawn Styles reports from Kearny Mesa at a shop that feeds off the big waves. See the full video here: http://www.cbs8.com/clip/14416802/big-waves-mean-more-work-for-san-diego-surfboard-shop
Legacy Ranch Dedication Marks Historic Milestone for Boys to Men Mentoring Network A vibrant tapestry of spring wildflowers beckoned guests on their journey to the top of Palomar Mountain to celebrate the dedication of Legacy Ranch. Gathered in the shade of a canopy of Oak trees, and captivated by sweeping views of the valley below, guests were given a first-hand encounter with a sacred space that inspires Boys to Men Network’s mission: resolving the devastating effects of fatherlessness in the lives of young men. Since Boys to Men Mentoring Network acquired the property in 1996, the ranch has served as a base camp for the nonprofit organization’s Adventure Mountain Weekends. A $100,000 gift from The Legacy Foundation, paid off the mortgage on the property, ensuring the weekend retreats will continue to engage and empower young men for generations to come. In honor of the foundation’s priceless gift, Boys to Men hosted a celebration designed to immerse guests in the natural beauty of Legacy Ranch, cultivate their appreciation of the ranch as a backdrop for Adventure Mountain Weekend mentoring activities, and impart the organization’s aspirations for upgrading the property –- as well as enhancing the retreat experience for boys and their mentors -- in the months and years to come. After participating in tours of the ranch footprint, guests sat down at festively-decorated picnic tables for a delicious barbecue lunch prepared and served by Boys to Men volunteers. A tribute to the Legacy Foundation capped off the celebration. Boys to Men Co-Founder and Executive Director Craig McClain delivered a moving thank you to the foundation, and invited founder and chairman, Rolf Benirschke and his fellow board member, Ernie Hahn, to lead the unveiling of the Legacy [...]
Extending its impact zone beyond the surfing community, the world record-breaking 1 Wave Challenge charges into the New Year with a new name and an expanded constituency. Rebranded as the 1 Wave Challenge & Beach Run, the event invites runners and walkers to lace up their sneakers and head to La Jolla Shores on the morning of Saturday, January 27th. In addition to offering surfers the chance to break the Guinness World Record for the most surfers riding a single wave into shore, the 1 Wave Challenge & Beach Run offers runners the chance to participate in an exhilarating 5-mile trek stretching from La Jolla Shores, to Blacks Beach, and to the southern rim of the Torrey Pines Golf Course where the Farmers Insurance Open will unfold. An alternative 5K Beach Run/Walk will ensure that joggers and walkers, including families, can join in the fun. The 1 Wave Challenge & Beach Run benefits Boys to Men Mentoring Network, a San Diego nonprofit dedicated to guiding and supporting at-risk and fatherless boys on their journey to manhood. Fueled by Boys to Men’s partnership with The Century Club of San Diego’s Champions for Youth campaign and a generous Title Sponsorship by Dr. Bronner’s All One!, the 1 Wave Challenge and Beach Run taps into the excitement of the closing weekend of the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament. The 1 Wave Challenge will attract 200 surfers to La Jolla Shores for the chance to smash the current world record for Most Surfers Riding One Wave, a feat accomplished almost ten years ago in Cape Town, South Africa, when 110 surfers rode a single wave to shore. Envisioned as a counterpoint fundraiser to Boys to Men’s successful 100 [...]
Boys to Men Mentoring Network is delighted to introduce the Cohn Restaurant Group as the 1 Wave Challenge & Beach Run's inaugural Community Catalyst Partner. The sponsorship recognizes a local business, organization or individual whose creativity, passion and generosity inspire meaningful community engagement in Boys to Men's mission. Boys to Men's Community Catalyst Partners tell the story of the organization's unique spirit of community cultivation and engagement. Here's how the Cohn Restaurant Group harnessed the power of philanthropy to introduce San Diegans to Boys to Men's inspiring mission: During the months leading up to this year's 1 Wave Challenge, Boys to Men was honored to participate as a beneficiary of the Cohn Restaurant Group's Menus with Meaning charity dining series. The partnership launched in October at BO beau Kitchen + Garden in La Mesa, moved to Vintana Wine + Dine in Escondido in November, and concluded in December at Blue Point Coastal Cuisine in the Gaslamp Quarter. The partnership offered San Diegans three unique dining experiences, and the opportunity to lend their support to an important cause: Empowering high-risk, fatherless boys to break the cycle of violence, gangs, drugs, and prison in their families by affording them the life skills, confidence and determination to achieve their dreams. The Cohn Restaurant Group donated 20% of Menus with Meaning proceeds to Boys to Men Mentoring Network. The company's spirit of of giving did not end there: Proceeds from Blue Point Coastal Cuisine's Menus with Meaning menu will be matched by the Century Club of San Diego, through the organization's Champions for Youth campaign. "Good friends and good food are a winning combination," explained Boys to Men Executive Director Craig McClain. "The Cohn Restaurant Group's Menus with [...]
In addition to private donations and grants, Boys to Men Mentoring is incredibly grateful for the support of corporate sponsors, and one of the companies that has given generously year after year to BTM is Dr. Bronner's All-One. An international company based in Vista, California (north of San Diego), Dr. B's believes in ethical sourcing and fair trade as well as providing aid to non-profits with missions in line with their own, as Boys to Men has. Dr. Bronner's makes the highest-quality organic, non-GMO and eco-friendly products from soaps and lotions to lip balms and toothpaste. Their company has a vision that parallels that of Boys to Men in regards to helping others, being the change we want to see in the world and making a difference one person at a time. Since 2011, Dr. Bronner's has been an enthusiastic sponsor for our annual fundraiser, The 100 Wave Challenge, serving as both our Title Sponsor and having the biggest corporate team for the event each year. With their always-unique and passionate Dr. Bronner's flair, the family of employees from Dr. B's has become part of the Boys to Men family as well, and we are looking forward to many more years of making a difference with our friends from Dr. Bronner's in our corner!