Cultivating Seeds of Success

Solana Beach-based nonprofit Casa de Amistad held its annual spring luncheon and fundraiser, Sowing Seeds of Success, at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe. Over 180 parents, volunteers, students, local educators, program donors, and community leaders and partners attended the event, which featured a silent auction, opportunity drawing, mystery wine bottle grab, special music and dance performances from Casa de Amistad students, and live speed painting by local artist Amy Burkman. Executive Director Nicole Mione-Green and Board of Directors President Sarah Wiley Henriksen acknowledged students, volunteers, and program staff and spoke to the impact and progress of Casa de Amistad thus far.

Casa de Amistad is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the education and character development of underserved children, teens, and their families in coastal North County San Diego. The cornerstone of Casa de Amistad is its Study Companions Program, an educational mentoring program designed to improve the academic achievement of children in grades K-12. Sowing Seeds of Success not only raised funds to continue program development and expansion for the upcoming year, but also brought people together to celebrate the growth and achievements of Casa de Amistad students.

“The sense of community that resulted from so many supporters and friends of Casa de Amistad coming together to celebrate our students and their success was by far the stand-out part of the event,” said Program Assistant Victoria Carter. “Casa de Amistad has always maintained that community is key to our success, and the event itself was a testament to the support of the community and its continued belief that Casa de Amistad is helping to inspire future leaders.” If you are interested in getting involved contact or visit for more information.