6-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Hotel
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By Pat Sherman
After voting in July to divide proceeds from the La Jolla Town Council’s (LJTC’s) Oct. 5 “Dancing with La Jolla Stars” fundraiser among three beneficiaries, LJTC trustees voted again during their Aug. 8 meeting to add a fourth recipient — Bozeman, Mt.-based Warriors and Quiet Waters.
During the LJTC’s July meeting trustees selected three of six beneficiaries to donate proceeds to: The La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival, the La Jolla Community Center, and the LJTC’s general fund (which provides money to various community projects, as needs are identified).
The reallocation vote followed a lengthy presentation by retired U.S. Marine Clifford Myers of Warriors and Quiet Waters. The nonprofit provides therapeutic fly-fishing expeditions for traumatically injured U.S. military personnel. The program benefits service men and women receiving care at Camp Pendleton, Naval Medical Center San Diego (Balboa) and San Antonio Military Medical Center.
“At Balboa we have a recreational therapist who selects the people who go (on the six-day trip),” Myers said. “It’s really important that you get the warrior who’s in the right part of his or her recovery process to send up there.”
Myers said one of the wounded service members traveling to Bozeman for the next fly-fishing expedition is a medically retired Marine Corporal from Dayton, Ohio whose legs were amputated just below the hip following a service-related injury. “These young men and women deserve everything that we can do for them,” Myers said.
Prior to the vote, newly elected LJTC trustee Glenda Rothberg asked whether such a vote followed legal bylaw procedures, particularly given that Warriors and Quiet Waters received the fewest trustee votes during last month’s meeting. (Two other causes that were not selected, a mentor program at La Jolla High School and San Diego-based Voices for Children, each received one more vote than Warriors.)
“I’m trying to figure out how it jumped the line,” Rothberg said. “I thought the mission of the La Jolla Town Council was to support La Jolla.”
Trustee Nancy Gardner, who is head of the dance event organizing committee, and trustee Ramin Pourteymour said the LJTC’s executive committee was asking trustees to include Warriors and Quiet Waters to basically help salvage the event, which they said has lost support since the three local beneficiaries were announced.
“We lost several of our dancers and sponsors,” Gardner said. “We had two of them, Realtors, who had about 100 people lined up, but when they found out it was just (benefitting) La Jolla (causes), they said they didn’t want to participate.”
Pourteymour added, “The law firms that I work with have offices downtown. They have nothing to do with La Jolla. But if wounded warriors were part of this, they would actually buy a couple of tables.”