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Evening event benefits Conner’s Cause

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Conner’s Cause for Children 17th annual benefit, A Tuscan Affair, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Fairbanks Ranch Clubhouse, 17651 Circa Del Norte.
Proceeds from this event will benefit families with the monumental task of caring for a child with a life-threatening illness. Conner’s Cause for Children is the only nonprofit organization in the San Diego region that offers direct family assistance for out-of-pocket expenses relating to any and all life threatening illnesses associated with children.
Enjoy a casual sunset with friends at the Tuscan-inspired venue on the lake in Fairbanks Ranch. This wine-tasting benefit will also feature artisan beers and delectable cuisine. Sample an elegant assortment of wines from Olson Ogden Wines, Eponymous, Two Angels and Valentin Bianchi, plus artisan beers from Pizza Port and Stone Brewing Co. The evening also features a live and silent auction, and live music.
Tickets to the benefit are $95 per person. The organization is accepting auction donations and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Karen Gliner (619) 540-1650 or go to
While 4-year-old Lourdes was receiving treatment for leukemia, her single mother fell behind on the electric and water bills. When the water and lights were turned off for nonpayment, Conner’s Cause for Children stepped in and paid to have these vital services restored immediately so that Lourdes could come home to her mother and two siblings.
For families of children like 3-year-old Tanner, whose only hope of obtaining cutting-edge treatment for Duchene’s Muscular Dystrophy is in Ohio; or 5-year-old Aaron, awaiting multiple organ transplants at UCLA for short gut bowel syndrome; Conner’s Cause for Children is the only local nonprofit organization helping to pay for travel and hotel expenses. Other children, such as 12-year-old Melissa, who has cystic fibrosis, or 20-month-old Isabella, hospitalized for more than three months with a life-threatening seizure disorder, receive little or no assistance from national organizations and count on Conner’s Cause for gas cards that will help their financially strapped parents get them to treatment, or pay for basic household needs.