San Diego County Public Defender Community Outreach Program

"Our mission is to connect with our partners in the community to enrich the lives of those less fortunate and assist in securing equal access to justice."





Friday, March 31, 2017

1:00 p.m. - Shotgun Start
6:00 p.m. - Dinner

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Community Outreach Members Attend San Pasqual Academy "Field of Hope" Dedication 


SAN PASQUAL VALLEY — The San Pasqual Academy Dragons finally have a home field.

Surrounded by orange groves, with mountains to the north and south as a backdrop, it is a field of hope and a home for kids who need both in abundance.

“There won’t be a field where Quentin (Jammer) and I will travel to or play on anywhere in the NFL that’s any better than this one right here,” said Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. He was on hand for the ribbon-cutting Monday afternoon at the foster-child residential school in the eastern part of the San Pasqual Valley, about four miles east of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

”I can tell you one thing,” he said. “If I was on a bus from another school riding down this windy road wondering where are we going and you turn down here ... they’re going to love coming to play here until you all get after them and send them home with a loss.”

The quarterback’s charitable foundation, Rivers of Hope, as well as Jammers’ Jammer Family Foundation, helped fund the new field, where the 132 students who attend the academy can play both eight-man and 11-man football, depending on the size of the competition’s team.

The NFL and several other organizations and businesses also contributed to the million-dollar project.

Permanent bleachers are coming soon, and a new scoreboard has been erected. No longer does the team have to play its home games in Ramona, where few of the students could go to watch.

The academy was the nation’s first residential high school for foster children when it opened in 2001. The teens who live and learn there are dependents of the Juvenile Court in San Diego County. They are victims of child abuse and neglect and have been unable to reunify with their families, live with a relative, or find a permanent home through adoption.

The county bought the 238-acre campus in 1999 from the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which had operated the campus as a boarding school for more than 40 years. Over the next two years, using $14.5 million funded through a public-private partnership, the campus was renovated.

When the school was built it did not have a regular football field, and the school’s team had to play on a makeshift, nonregulation field. Eventually, in 2008 when the team began playing in an 11-man league, they had to play all their games on the road.

“I think its great because we get to have home games and not go off campus and we can do other sports, not just football,” said Samantha, one of the students who came to the ceremony, catered by Phil’s Barbecue.

The ceremony was hosted by County Board of Supervisor Ron Roberts, who along with Supervisor Greg Cox, have championed the school from the beginning.

“Is this beautiful or what?” Roberts said to loud applause.

J. Harry Jones: (760) 752-6780;; Twitter: @jharryjones

Public Defender Community Outreach Members Volunteer at the Family Health Centers "Spirit of the Barrio" Luncheon


On March 18, 2011, Public Defender Community Outreach Members volunteered at the Family Health Centers "Spirit of the Barrio" luncheon.  The luncheon was held in the Logan Heights neighborhood where the first health clinic was founded almost four decades ago. Hundreds of supporters, including prominent corporate, political, and community leaders attended the event and enjoyed the famous tamale lunch.  The event was emceed by Channel 4SD's Jane Mitchell, and the keynote speaker was San Diego Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner.  Turner gave an inspirational inside look at his personal journey to success.  Also in attendance were District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Chief Deputy District Attorney Daniel Lamborn, and Chula Vista Chief of Police David Bejarano.

 Since 1986, Family Health Centers of San Diego has hosted the "Spirit of the Barrio" luncheon to increase awareness about Family Health Centers of San Diego and its vital role in San Diego.  In addition, the event raises critical funding for their programs and services by bringing together local businesses, individuals and community leaders for networking, education, entertainment and community building.

Public Defender Community Outreach Float Makes a "Splash" at the 2010 San Diego LGBT Pride Parade!

The Public Defender Community Outreach Program's first-ever appearance at the 2010 LGBT Pride Parade was a huge success.  The procession was lead by Public Defender Henry Coker riding in a convertible, followed by Chief Deputies Randy Mize and Angie Bartosik marching along the parade route and interacting with spectators.  Next was the the float with over thirty Public Defender representatives dancing to music and eliciting cheers from the crowd.  Many other Public Defender employees and their families and friends followed behind the float adding to the fun.  The group was very well received, and special thanks go out to all those who helped build the float.

Public Defender Community Outreach Bowl-O-Rama Raises Over $5,000 for Inner-City Teens of Reality Changers to Attend College!

The Public Defender Community Outreach Program held its first "Bowl-O-Rama" at Kearny Mesa Bowl on May 29, 2010.  The event raised over $5,000 for  Reality Changers.  Reality Changers provides inner-city youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with the resources to become first-generation college students by supplying academic support, financial assistance, and  leadership training.  Lured to attend the event by the siren call of unlimited bowling, music, disco lights, dancing, and karaoke, over 150 people participated in the event.  Generous donations from local businesses provided for prizes, and cash donations from participants went into a "super jackpot" of $1,000 at the end of the bowling portion of the night.  Dignitaries attending the event included Chris Yanov, founder of Reality Changers; The Honorable George "Woody" Clarke, Judge of the Superior Court; Sandra Berry, retired Commissioner of the Superior Court; and Randy Mize, Chief Deputy of the Office of the Primary Public Defender.  The event was filled with fun and laughs, all for a very worthy cause. 

San Pasqual Academy Foster Teens Benefit from Golf Tournament Hosted by Public Defender Community Outreach Program


The 1st Annual San Diego County Public Defender Community Outreach Charity Golf Tournament benefiting the foster students of San Pasqual Academy was an unequivocal success. The four-person team best-ball scramble tournament was held on Wednesday, March 31, at the Riverwalk Golf Club in Mission Valley. The event included lunch, post-tournament dinner, an awards ceremony and silent and live auction. Players had opportunities to win prizes on the par 3 holes, including a 2010 Vokswagen CC luxury sports sedan provided by Dennis Cook of Herman-Cook Volkswagen.  The proceeds from the tournament, dinner, and donations totalled $36,140.68.

"We are honored to be the designated charity for this tournament", states Friends of San Pasqual Academy board member Teri Summerhays. "Friends of San Pasqual Academy has direct impact on the lives of the 150 foster teens who live at San Pasqual Academy. Right now, we are planning for prom, a sports banquet, graduation and college scholarships for our graduates. We are in our eighth year in supporting these deserving students and remain committed to enriching their lives."

Friends of San Pasqual Academy Board member Kathy Lathrum states" We appreciate the efforts of many individuals that will support this tournament. The proceeds will assist Friends of San Pasqual Academy in their efforts to provide positive experiences and opportunities to the foster students. We treat these kids like we treat our own. That is the reason proms, sports banquets and graduations are part of our efforts. So many of our kids are applying and getting into colleges. It is through the donations of many dedicated supporters and volunteers that this dream is possible."

For more information on, or to donate to, the 2nd Annual Public Defender Community Outreach Golf Tournament, please contact Frank Barone at (858) 974-5757 or Debby Syverson at (619) 435- 4557. For more information on Friends of San Pasqual Academy, please call (858) 759-3298. Donations can be sent to PO Box 8202, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. Please visit the website at Friends of San Pasqual Academy is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization.