RSF Rotary Club distributes funds from Taste of Rancho Santa Fe


Six weeks after its record-breaking wine and food festival, the RSF Rotary Foundation distributed funds to the 10 nonprofit beneficiaries during the club’s Thanksgiving luncheon held Nov. 15.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you, this money will help us fund scholarships for deserving young people” said James Cooley, founder of the JC Cooley Foundation to the packed room at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. “This is our third year participating, and we hope to be invited back next year.”

His foundation was among the top three nonprofit groups in terms of selling tickets or bringing in auction items for the event, which was held Oct. 1 at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.

Another beneficiary which ended up in the top three in terms of fundraising was Kids-Korps/Hands on San Diego. The nonprofit group which sold the most tickets was Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation.

“I’m here because one day my 15-year-old son, athletic, healthy, collapsed on the kitchen floor and died,” said Rhina Paredes, co-founder of the nonprofit which provides free heart screenings to children. They’ve provided 25,000 screenings in San Diego County so far, with 200 young people found to be at risk for sudden cardiac death.

“This money will pay for additional free heart screenings because sudden cardiac arrest in young people is preventable,” said Paredes. Recent upcoming events funded by the Taste include free heart screenings at Torrey Pines High School on March 25.

Other beneficiaries which received funds include Future Legends, Cancer Angels of San Diego, Vision for Children, the Rotary Foundation, Connect Med International and SNAP- the Spay & Neuter Action Network.

With over 50 local and California restaurants, wineries and spirit providers participating, The 2017 Taste of Rancho Santa Fe raised over $105,000 towards charity – with a record 555 tickets sold. It was a sellout. Co-Chair Lauren Reynolds, owner of At Home Nursing Care, handed out California Assembly Certificates of Appreciation signed by Brian Maienschein, CA Assembly 77th District, to the major sponsors.

One of those sponsors, Pacific Sotheby’s, announced that they will be the title sponsor again for the Taste of Rancho Santa Fe 2018 – being held on Oct. 7, 2018 at The Inn. Reynolds’ husband, Brian Connelly, made the surprise announcement while collecting the certificate on behalf of Steve Games and Nyda Church Jones.

“We are extremely grateful that Pacific Sotheby’s will again headline this festive and meaningful event, and we hope our other sponsors will also return for an ever better year next October,” Reynolds said. She and Rotary Current President Luis Carranza of Prime Lending have agreed to co-chair next year’s event as well.

Magnum sponsor Casa Aldea Senior Living was also recognized, along with Magnum Sponsor The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, Hoehn Motors, Torrey Pines Bank, Prime Lending, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Kordus Farms, DPI Printing, PM Graphics & Design and At Home Nursing Care.

To see pictures of the event or to download sponsorship or vendor applications, visit the website There is also a YouTube Channel and a great 3-minute video of highlights.

Remember – save the date – Taste of Rancho Santa Fe 2018 is Oct. 7, 2018 – tickets go on sale next February. The RSF Rotary plans to add a beer garden, a VIP seating section, and more.