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Backyard X-Scapes recently partnered with the Granite Hills High School Surf Team to furnish their annual banquet and fundraiser. The surf teamâ€™s year end event was island-themed, appropriate to demonstrateÂ theirÂ love and respect forÂ the ocean and the culture thatÂ surrounds it. The team borrowed various tiki masks, tropical signs and other pieces of tropical dÃ©cor from Backyard X-Scapes to add a little extra spark to the decorations.
The event was held in the DreamCatcher at Viejas on Wednesday March 30 and drew an event-high 125 guests. The banquet is the teamâ€™s main fundraiser for the year and they were able to raise thousands of dollars through a well-stocked silent auction. Prizes included various types of surf equipment such as wetsuits, leashes, boards and beach chairs as well as larger prizes like a 3 day stay at the Mission Beach House on the Boardwalk and 2 beach cruisers. The proceeds from the banquet will be the operating money for the Granite Hill High School Surf Teamâ€™s 2011-2012 school year as they do not receive any school funding for the program.
Backyard X-Scapes was happy to help the Granite Hills High School Surf Team in whatever way they needed. It is unfortunate that so many school-associated, extra-curricular activities in California and nationwide require donations from outside and private sources for almost 100% of their funding. We are glad to have been a part of making the students banquet a memorable one and hope that our tropical dÃ©cor and tiki decorations only added to the good time had by all.
The Granite Hills High School Surf Team has three more surf contests and a state championship coming up before the end of the school year. To see how they do, visit their facebook page and be sure to check out the Backyard X-Scapes banner on their website!
While terrifying news of earthquakes, tsunamis, fires and a potential nuclear disaster keeps pouring in via the newsrooms, newspapers, Facebook and Twitter, we canâ€™t help but be shocked and horrified about the events of the past week; everything looks so bad. Being thousands of miles away may put our minds at ease for our own safety but most of us are over whelmed with feelings of sympathy, empathy, helplessness or even pity. But how do we help Japan? Here is a partial list of some organizations that are accepting donations in order to respond to the disaster caused by the Japanese earthquake:
The Red Cross - Operates 2000 shelters in Japan to which 370,000 people have been evacuated; has handed out 46,000 blankets so far; deployed 95 medical teams; provides psychosocial support to survivors from trained nurses. To Donate: Visit Redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone.
ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) â€“ Provides food and shelter for train passengers stranded in Tokyo after the earthquake. To Donate: Visit adra.org.
Operation USA â€“ Encourages corporations to collect bulk shipments of health care supplies to be shipped to the disaster region. To Donate: Visit OpUSA.org.
Other organizations standing by with emergency teams, staff and supplies include: International Rescue Committee, Peace Winds Japan, Convoy of Hope, AmeriCares, AMURT, Islamic Relief USA and World Vision. Visit any of these organizations websites or visit networkforgood.org to donate.
In times of crisis, the international community showcases the very best of humanity. If you have the means, we highly encourage you to help Japan cope with this disaster.