La Jolla Community Center thanks benefactors at ‘reopening’ party
Pancho Dewhurst of GDC Construction with wife, Brandy, and son, Austin, and LJCC Facilities Committee Chair Don Hodges with wife, Lucy.
La Jolla Community Center
- Members: 400
- Annual dues: $100 individual, $175 couple
- Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and for special events
- Address: 6811 La Jolla Blvd.
- Phone: (858) 459-0831
- Web: ljcommunitycenter.org
By Pat Sherman
The La Jolla Community Center (LJCC) Board of Directors thanked the center’s donors at a Nov. 9 ribbon cutting ceremony where many of its recent renovations, including new tile flooring, an arched copper entryway, glass doors and a decorative tile bench, were formally unveiled.
Board CEO Ruth Yansick began by thanking the late philanthropist Florence Riford, who founded the center as a social club for local residents, later deeding the 1950s property to the City of San Diego.
Yansick also thanked District 1 City Councilwoman Sherri Lightner for obtaining a community development block grant for the renovations, as well as County Supervisor Ron Roberts, who obtained funding for the tile flooring in the entryway, hall and a new classroom.
Yansick praised the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla, who she said stepped up “at a crucial point in the development of this building,” as well as Las Patronas, whose funding helped the center combine two rooms to create a multi-purpose classroom.
Architect Michael Morton of Marengo-Morton Architects, Pancho Dewhurst of GDC Construction and architect and board member Don Hodges were also recognized for their donations of time and labor.
“We just didn’t want to add a front entrance and a lobby,” Yansick said. “We wanted to give excellence.”
Yansick reminded those in attendance that the LJCC’s mission is to “promote lifelong learning, wellness, fitness, and health and friendship.
“We give a lot of free pro- grams to the citizens here,” she said. “Most people think that everybody in La Jolla is rich. That isn’t the case. … There are many people here who are living on (monthly) social security of $700 to $1,000. They have found their way over here. They have found a purpose by coming here and volunteering.”
Yansick said the center still needs $200,000 to $250,000 to complete its bucket list of facility upgrades.
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