Thanks for the fiscal management of our Rotary Club Foundation Chair, Don Yeckel, the Club's assets are strong and healthy.
Most fundraising today is done through our "fun giving" during our weekly Club meetings, and facilitated by our Sargent-at-Arms, Joe Marron.

Raffle Tickets for Comic-Con 2013 Passes!

One of our more unique fundraisers was the sale of raffle tickets by our Torrey Pines (La Jolla) Rotary Foundation, with the winning ticket receiving two passes to the Comic-Con 2013 convention Preview Night and two passes to the 4-day convention. For those not familiar with Comic-Con it is a convention in San Diego that draws 130,000+ attendees each year, and typically sells out within 45 minutes. We were most grateful for the opportunity to obtain two tickets for our fundraising efforts.  Entrants from around the world participated in our raffle, and the winner was a young man from Florida.

Thank you to those who supported this Torrey Pines (La Jolla) Rotary Foundation fundraiser. Funds raised were used to continue and expand our many local and international service projects, including funding arts and education needs. A partial list of current projects is below.

Torrey Pines Rotary Foundation
Bike Ride Across America
September 12, 2012 - October 22, 2012
Wheel You Help?

I am off (what an understatement) with Ed Ott for our fourth and last bike ride across America. To complete the four sides of our beautiful country, we will ride about 1900 miles from Calais, Maine on the Canadian border to Miami, Florida on the Cuban border. What extremes!

As in 2010, my Rotary Club of 43 years, Torrey Pines, will lend their support and good cheer. My goal is to raise $19,000 ($10.00/mile) for our Rotary Club Foundation that supports local and international worthwhile causes. All donations will go to the Rotary Club Foundation. Ed and I pay all of our own expenses. Below is a partial list of the beneficiaries from the 2010 ride. If you can help, please pledge a flat amount or an amount per mile (1 cent is $19.00).


 Check the day by day listing

  • Rotary Int'l Foundation for clean water project in Uganda
  • Shelter Box USA for tsunami disaster relief in Japan
  • Rotary District 5340 for tsunami disaster relief in Japan
  • Toys for sick children in Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego
  • Toys for children of Camp Pendleton Marines deploying to Afghanistan
  • San Diego Symphony “Home for the Holidays” free concert for military families
  • UCSD Flying Samaritans for medical clinic in Ensenada
  • Rock Bottom Foundation for the San Diego Burn Center
  • Rotary project to provide protective vests for Afghani women police
  • Nativity Prep (San Diego, California)
  • University School (Cleveland, Ohio)

With your support:

  • You will get a receipt for tax purposes - the donation is 100% deductible;
  • You can follow the trek online on this page;
  • You will receive a nightly (or so) recap of the day’s ride with pictures;
  • If you pledge $250 or more, you will be our guest at a post-ride dinner party, date TBA. Since we are the only Wine Club in the Rotary District, you can expect a top notch gathering...

Please make checks payable to Torrey Pines Rotary Foundation. Mail to: Torrey Pines Rotary Foundation c/o William E Irwin Jr., 2254 Moore Street, Ste. 202B, San Diego CA 92110 or donate online.

News Center


Daily Blog of the Bike Ride
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70-year-old bicyclists start 1,900-mile 'Victory Tour' in Calais
Article by Aislinn Sarnacki, Bangor Daily News


Page for the 2010 Bike Ride
Catch up with the history and itinerary of the 2010 Bike Ride.

Online Donation

You can make a contribution online with a Mastercard or Visa. Your contribution will be collected by the Torrey Pines (La Jolla) Rotary Club Foundation. The Torrey Pines (La Jolla) Rotary Club Foundation being a 501(c)(3) organization, your contribution will be tax-deductible in the USA as provided by law.

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