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Nearly 40 years ago a small group of women in the Coronado Cays began an organization to help improve life for children around San Diego. Over time the organization has evolved into what FOCUS is today, a group of men and women in Coronado dedicated to providing direct support for charitable foundations and partners that seek to assist children in need locally. Today Pat Robitaille is the president of FOCUS, (Friends of Children United Society), and I had a chance to speak with her more about the group.

“When I first moved to Coronado just a few years ago,” Robitaille began, “my neighbor happened to be a part of FOCUS and said I should start out shopping [for FOCUS] and get involved.” While FOCUS raises money to support charitable groups and agencies (100% of which always goes to the foundations), members also take a direct approach with support by providing agencies with much-needed items such as beds, clothes, food – whatever immediate needs are requested that can be met. “When you go into the agency and find out what it’s all about, you find how much these things can really make a difference,” Robitaille said.

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Start your holiday season by enjoying the FOCUS (Friends of Children United Society) Holiday Boutique on the Bay, Saturday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This elegant event will be held at the Coronado Cays Yacht Club, 30 N. Caribe Cay Boulevard. More than 40 booths will feature upscale clothing, artwork, craft soaps and candles, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, handbags, children’s

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On Sunday, March 1, the 2020 James Party will be held at the Coronado Cays Yacht Club, 30 Caribe Cay Boulevard North, from 5 to 8 p.m. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the James Shirey Foundation.

The James Shirey Foundation was formed in October 2017 to honor James Richard Shirey Jr., who the Foundation is named after, passed away suddenly Jan. 10, 2009 at the age of 14 from complications of Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. The Foundation’s mission it to keep James memory alive by supporting the community in impactful ways through charities that benefit local youth. Funds raised go to Young Life, a safe, loving place for kids to have positive role models who truly care, and CARES Foundation, that leads the effort to improve the lives of the congenital adrenal hyperplasia community.

At the 2020 James Party, there will be a live auction, silent auction, raffle prizes, wine pull, and dinner. Tickets go for $60 and can be purchased at the door, or you can get your tickets online to save your spot

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Long-time Coronado real estate agent Ed Noonan has opened Noonan Properties, a new real estate brokerage serving Coronado Cays, in August .

Ed has over 40 years’ experience in real estate. He was the former broker/owner of the Coronado Cays Realty and two Prudential offices, one in Coronado and one in the Cays. In 1995 he sold his brokerage and moved to the Midwest, where he successfully operated Noonan Properties, a holding company for foreclosed properties. But throughout that time he remained connected to Coronado, returning frequently to spend time with his two sons and the many friends he has in Coronado. During the 30 years that Ed lived in the Cays, he was very involved in the community. He served as commodore of the Coronado Cays Yacht Club in 1992, and was involved with the building of the new club. Has also managed Little League, was a scout master and was an active member in the Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, MainStreet Association and Kiwanis.

Having owned 3 brokerages in Coronado and the Cays, he has hired and trained many of today’s local real estate

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Over 150 people will participate in three “Amazing Race”-style competitions to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish San Diego organization.

Our three Coronado based Yacht Clubs: Coronado Cays Yacht Club, Coronado Yacht Club and Navy Yacht Club San Diego have set a $100,000 fundraising goal. To reach the goal, the clubs are hosting a day-long event at the Coronado Cays Yacht Club, 30 Caribe Cay Boulevard, on Saturday, May 16 that includes two “Amazing Race”-style competitions.

The day kicks off with teams of bicyclists who will ride to ten different places across Coronado Cays to complete competitive events. A less strenuous event will find teams in electric boats cruising around the Cays to several locations to complete their challenges while teams will answer trivia questions underway.

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The 2nd Annual James Richard Shirey, Jr. Party With Purpose will be held Sunday, March 22, 2015 at the Coronado Cays Yacht Club from 5 to 8 p.m.

The $40 ticket includes a buffet dinner, silent and live auction, raffle and entertainment by Ron’s Garage Band.

To purchase tickets or for more information call Sue at 619-666-2374 or email at

Beneficiaries are the CARES Foundation, and YoungLife Coronado,

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At the June 19 San Diego Area Yacht Clubs (SDAYC) meeting and dinner, Make-A-Wish, San Diego was presented a check for $81,500 as contribution…

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Donald E. Thoza, 85, Staff Commodore of Coronado Cays Yacht Club (CCYC) and Coronado, CA resident for 42 years, passed away on July 13, 2014, …