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Articles by Special to the East County Californian

Sycuan Casino presented a $50,000 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County before Saturday’s John Ondrasik charityconcert, a result of the show’s proceeds. The funds will benefit the charity’s Operation Bigs program, which joins children with parents in the military to volunteer “Bigs” who are in the military, retired or civilian.

Organizers of the GI Film Festival San Diego, presented by Sullivan Solar Power, have finalized the full 2016 schedule for the screenings, receptions, and related events. To be held Wednesday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, the festival features 28 films for, about, and by service men and women and brings the stories of America’s military to life through film.

By Dick Rogers

This years camping experience started on July 24th with the Traditional Barbeque hosted by the El Cajon Valley Host Lions club.

Lions Camp Jack was the dream of its founder, PDG Jack Wyatt, a member of the San Diego Host Lion’s Club.

Cecile Brown was born on July 22, 1916, in Queen City, Missouri. Her childhood was spent on her family farm with her father, mother, two sisters and one brother. She graduated from college with a BS Degree in Education from Northeast College in Missouri, and received her Master’s Degree from San Diego State. Brown thoroughly enjoyed being a schoolteacher from 1944 through 1972 for the San Diego City School District. Cecile Brown and her husband, Marine Captain James R. Brown, and P. O. W. survivor and accomplished artist- bought their home in 1960.

More than 10 million (1 in 6) seniors in the U.S. face the threat of hunger and more than 15 million (1 in 4) are living in isolation. In San Diego alone, more than 3,400 seniors are being served annually by Meals on Wheels to address these issues. This summer, Meals on Wheels America, in partnership with the Ad Council, launched its first-ever national campaign to recruit volunteers to serve the nation’s most vulnerable citizens.

Sarah Dean of Ramona, Hailey Harkness of La Mesa and Estrella Herrera of Lakeside have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award—the organization’s highest honor—for their outstanding leadership and commitment to taking action in their community.

Just five percent of Girl Scouts nationwide achieve this distinction. Recipients qualify for special college scholarships and can enter the military one rank higher than usual, among other rewards.

It’s Christmas in July and Home of Guiding Hands (HGH) is in search of sponsors for the organization’s annual holiday home parties this December. The parties have become a favorite holiday tradition for the Home of Guiding Hands’ clients and the public’s help is needed to support 31 parties at group residences all around San Diego and Imperial Counties. Many of the clients the organization serves have limited funds and do not have family members nearby.