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Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 1:52 pm

Media and special guests from around the country were on hand Thursday for a premier showing of Coastal Living Magazine’s much-anticipated 2014 Showhouse. The home, located at 100 Ocean Drive, was built by Flagg Coastal Homes of Coronado, and will be featured in the October issue of the magazine.

As guests gathered on the upstairs veranda to thank the many individuals and companies nationwide who contributed to this very special project, Flagg Coastal Homes’ partners, John O’Brien and Mark Blore (who have built 35 homes together), presented the Navy SEAL Foundation with a check from Kennedy Wilson in the amount of $25,000. Rear Admiral Garry Bonelli (Ret), head of the SEAL Foundation, was on hand to receive the check.

“The SEAL community has grown an awful lot since we were in,” said Bonelli, who graduated with Coronado UDT/SEAL Class 51 in 1969. “We used to have about 800 SEALs. Today we have about 2,500. These donations, this check, will go to benefit their families. As I speak to you, we have 250 Navy SEAL kids up in Julian, in East County, at an eight-day camp that the Navy SEAL Foundation pays for. We do this in Hawaii, Mississippi and Virginia as well.

“This money means a heck of a lot to us. The US taxpayers take care of the Navy and the military in general, and do so really well. But that funding only goes so far. That’s why we have this benevolent organization, started by Navy SEALs, run by Navy SEALs, to take care of the families. I’m proud to tell you that 94 cents of every dollar given goes to families of Navy SEALs,” said Bonelli.

The $25,000 donation was made on behalf of Kennedy Wilson, an international real estate investment, services/fund management firm with strong ties to the Navy SEALs. “We have the greatest respect and admiration for the SEALs and their families, and the many men and women who support the essential mission of the SEALs and all our special operations forces,” said Kent Y. Mounton, General Council to Kennedy Wilson.

“This is Coastal Living’s 25th Showhouse, and our first in California,” said Greg Keyes, publisher of Coastal Living Magazine. “We are very proud of this home. It is the finest home we’ve ever built,” he told a standing room only audience. The Showhouse will be open to the public from July 16 through September 30. Tickets are on sale now, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Navy SEAL Foundation.

The US Navy SEAL Foundation was established in 2000 to serve as a rapid response team to the time-sensitive needs of the Naval Special Warfare community. Their services and outreach extend across the country. Locally the Foundation supports events such as the summer youth camps at YMCA Camps Marston, Surf and Raintree Ranch, where kids learn to ride horses, surf and build character.

John O’Brien and ex-SEAL Mark Blore are partners at Flagg Coastal Homes. O’Brien explained why this particular charity was chosen: “In the course of negotiating our contract with Coastal Living Magazine, we found that we would be able to donate a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales to a non-profit of our choice,” said O’Brien. “It was an easy decision for us to select the Navy SEAL Foundation as the proposed beneficiary.”

O’Brien, is a former PT boat skipper from the Vietnam Era (Coastal River Squadron One). His partner, Blore, is a former Navy SEAL (Buds Class 151). “We feel our Navy SEALs are the most special group of guys in the world,” said O’Brien.

Tickets for the Coastal Living Showhouse tours can be purchased through www.coastbuilder.netwww.flagg.com, and at the Coronado Visitor Center. The Showhouse will be open Wednesdays, from July 16-September 30. For more information on the US Navy SEAL Foundation visit www.navysealfoundation.org.

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