San Diego Foundation Raises Over $300,000 for Lilac Fire Victims

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A little red wagon lost its rubber wheels in the fire that swept through the Rancho Monserate Country Club. Photo by Chris Stone

The San Diego Foundation said Thursday local companies and individuals have contributed more than $300,000 to support recovery and rebuilding after the Lilac Fire.

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The amount raised for the San Diego Regional Disaster Fund includes 200 online and text donations, as well as significant contributions from companies such as JPMorgan Chase and the BD company.

In addition, Stone Brewing announced a fundraising campaign of $1 donations with every sale of a Stone Tangerine Express IPA pint or growler.

“San Diegans have stepped up in a major way to support survivors impacted by the Lilac Fire,” said Kathlyn Mead, president and CEO of foundation. “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of local individuals and companies.”

“In moments like this, we see firsthand why San Diego is known as one of the most generous regions in the nation,” she added.

The disaster fund was activated on Dec. 8 and is still accepting donations. The money raised will be granted to nonprofit service organizations engaged in disaster recovery and rebuilding.

The Lilac Fire burned 4,100 acres and destroyed 157 structures, displacing dozens of individuals and families.

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