January 2017 Around Town 4

Mitchell Thorp Foundation receives prestigious Starfish Leadership Award

The Carlsbad City Council honored Beth and Brad Thorp, founders of the Mitchell Thorp Foundation, with the prestigious 2016 Starfish Leadership Award. The Starfish Leadership Award celebrates those who show an extraordinary commitment to champion and further a worthwhile cause and to inspire, engage and lead others to join in that effort. MitchellThorp.org

La Costa Dental Excellence Supports Solutions for Change

Dr. Kimberly Dankworth and Dr. Steve Dankworth continue their great work supporting local charities with a check to Susan Lawson from Solutions for Change, an organization dedicated to ending family homelessness in North San Diego county. LaCostaDentalExcellence.com

Carlsbad Hi Noon Rotary Club awards inaugural “Rotarian at Heart” Award

The Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club recognizes a member of the Carlsbad Community once a quarter who, in some way large or small, exemplifies the Rotary ideal of “Service Above Self – with the ROTARIAN AT HEART Award. They celebrated their inaugural ROTARIAN AT HEART AWARD with a presentation to Greg Nelson! A Carlsbad High graduate, Nelson has been in the orthopedic products and services business, and so much more; having headed up the Carlsbad Boys & Girls Club, bought and sold several companies, and is well-known as owner of Gregorio’s Italian Restaurant in the Village.  CarlsbadHiNoonRotary.org


The newly formed San Diego non-profit K-9 Guardians Foundation donated ballistic vests to protect the wonderful K-9s in the Carlsbad Police Department. The K-9 Guardians Foundation aims to provide dogs who are placed in the line of duty the protection they need and has equipped the department’s four K-9s with bulletproof vests to protect the dogs during dangerous situations. The vests are from Maximum K-9, and are rated by the Department of Justice as the highest level of ballistic protection for canines. CarlsbadCA.gov

Meet Tri-City Medical Center’s
Lucky 13 marathon training 
program participants

Thirteen deserving participants have been chosen to be a part of the annual Lucky 13, a free hospital-sponsored training program for the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon on January 15, 2017. Among them is Carlsbad resident Dr. Gregory Warda, 68, who has experienced a world of obstacles and overcome all of them to participate with his able teammates in this incredible personal journey. Coached by trainer Paul Carey, a former Lucky 13 member himself, the group is an inspiration for both young and old to set health-related New Year’s resolutions and not let anything hold one back. Follow their stories on TriCityMed.org

The Most Meaningful and Impactful 5K Returns to Carlsbad

Mitchell Thorp Foundation will host their largest fundraiser of the year – their eighth annual 5K Run/Walk – February 4, 2017 at Poinsettia Park in Carlsbad. This year, the event will be themed around  Warrior Children who fight every day for their lives. “Bring Out The Warrior Within to Help a Warrior Child” will set the stage for the 5K, which will feature a chip- timed race for runners and a beautiful park loop for walkers. The funds raised from the event will benefit families in grave situations caring for children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. MitchellThorp.org