Kiwanis Club of Temecula Valley holds successful fundraiser for Rady Children’s Hospital

“Kole,” a Labrador owned by Kiwanian Ed Presnillo of Temecula, seeks donations to the Kiwanis Club of Temecula Valley’s annual “Miracle Mile of Quarters” outside of Stater Bros. on Temecula Parkway in Temecula. The funds will be donated to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – The Kiwanis Club of Temecula Valley recently held a special “Miracle Mile of Quarters” fundraiser in support of Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego at the Stater Bros. Market on Temecula Parkway in Temecula.

“This was the first time that we have held a fundraiser for Rady Children’s Hospital outside of collecting directly from our club members and friends,” club president Tom Teagle said. “It was a very successful effort, made even more successful since our fellow Kiwanian Ed Presnillo brought his incredible Labrador, Kole, to help with fundraising. Ed is an expert dog trainer, and Kole was a magnet for donors, especially children and the ladies who came to the market, which, of course, led to more and bigger donations.”

According to Lynn Effinger, the club’s president-elect, one couple said their baby grandson had undergone heart surgery several months ago at Rady Children’s Hospital, and they were so grateful for the outcome they gladly donated a $50 bill to the club’s efforts to support such a worthy cause.

For many years, all of the Kiwanis Clubs in San Diego County have collected donations for Rady Children’s Hospital; the amount now exceeds $40,000 annually. The money donated to the Kiwanis Clubs for the “Miracle Mile of Quarters” fundraiser is converted into quarters, which are turned into incredible pieces of artwork that are built in front of the hospital each year by members of high school Key Clubs from throughout San Diego County. The event this year is Saturday, May 5.

“Since we became a part of the Kiwanis District 37 that encompasses clubs throughout north San Diego County in 2016, we are so proud to participate in this wonderful fundraising effort,” Teagle said, adding that the money collected at Stater Bros. will be added to the money his club members have been collecting throughout the past year at each of their weekly club meetings. He believes the total will potentially exceed $1,000.

“We want to publicly thank all those who donated to the cause, and especially the wonderful people at Stater Bros. Markets who allowed us to hold this special fundraiser at their location in Temecula,” Teagle said.

Members of the growing Kiwanis Club of Temecula Valley devote significant time, effort and energy in support of Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Riverside County, Oak Grove Center, Rady Children’s Hospital, Cub Scouts, The Salvation Army, The Field of Honor, LifeStream Blood Bank, the city of Temecula and other local charitable organizations. In addition, they sponsor 11 high school Key Clubs and provide scholarships to students at each high school.

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. The Kiwanis Club of Temecula Valley is focused on serving the needs of their community with an emphasis on children.

For information about the Kiwanis Club of Temecula Valley, visit or call Lynn Effinger at (951) 514-5699.

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