No Limits Walk Draws Record Crowd

The 2014 No Limits Walk, held at De Anza Cove on Saturday, October 18, was a great day of Music, Food, Fun & Friends — and a resounding success!

This gentle 5k walk/roll around Mission Bay was attended by over 400 walkers and rollers. With the help of our top fundraising team, Kelly Belly, our top fundraiser, Jason White, and our corporate sponsors — including GEICO, the Cubic Corporation, Jersey Mike's Subs, Casa De Bandini and Casa SolyMar — the event raised over $50,000 to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship for close to 10,000 people in San Diego County affected by Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities.

Thanks to all this year's attendees! Your generous support allows UCP to enact real change — to revolutionize care, raise standards of living and create opportunities for people with disabilities — one person at a time, one family at a time, throughout our community.

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UCP Honors David Hale

United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County is proud to honor David F. Hale, Chairman and CEO of Hale BioPharma Ventures, LLC as david haleour "Life Sciences Leader of the Year."

This annual "Life Without Limits" event, to be held on November 5th, honors individuals in San Diego who embody leadership and community service. A fast-paced program will include short testimonials to the honoree from those in the San Diego business and philanthropic community. As part of the program, miscellaneous art, sports, travel and collectors items will be auctioned.

Hale BioPharma Ventures LLC is a private business focused on the start-up of biopharmaceutical companies. David Hale has seen our region evolve into a biotechnology cluster, founding and developing more than 15 biotechnology and specialty pharmaceutical companies in San Diego County over the years.

Join us for this special night as we honor David Hale for his professional success and the work that he does to make our community a better place along with his work to improve the lives of our friends and neighbors with disabilities across San Diego County.

Click here for tickets. For more information, contact Marc Carucci at (858) 571-5365 or


Fire Fighters & Celebs Heat Up Luncheon

For the 31st year in a row, the San Diego City Fire Fighters graciously donated their financial support as “Title Sponsor” to the always wild and crazy “Celebrity Waiters Luncheon.” This year’s edition was held on a sunny work day in mid-September and patrons were treated to good food, lots of local and Hollywood stars and the high energy of many of the San Diego City Fire Fighters, bayside at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & cwlSpa.

Russ T. Nailz and Susan DeVincent co-hosted the event and kept the festivities going at a lively pace. Tips were given freely and, with special live auctions, close to $54,000 was raised for the cause.

A very special thanks goes to Chairperson Kimberly King and her committee of hard working folks. UCP would also like to thank our media partners KyXy 96.5 FM, Energy 103.7 FM, Location Edit, Channel 6 – The CW, Channel 4 San Diego and the San Diego Community Newspaper Group for its promotional efforts and to our celebs - a list that included such personalities as, actor Larry Wilcox (starred as “Officer John Baker”) on the television series “CHIPs”,  actor Obba Babatunde (portrayed “Barry Gordy” in the mini-series THE TEMPTATIONS and co-starred in the HBO movie “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge”), Melissa Biggs from BAYWATCH, Carlo Cecchetto, evening anchor at CBS News 8, Austin Powers lookalike Richard Halpern, Bono lookalike Pavel Sfera, and many others who took time out from their busy schedules to be with us.

United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County would also like to thank the staff of the Coronado Marriott Resort & Spa for their assistance and cooperation and the following organizations, companies and individuals for their support: Union Bank, Berkshire Hathaway, Jersey Mike’s Subs, The Corky McMillin Companies and Interior Specialists.

Thanks again for making the Celebrity Waiters Luncheon an afternoon of “fun in the sun!”  Here’s a look back:


32nd Golf Classic Is A Success

The 32nd Annual Golf Classic was held on August 11th at The Crossings at Carlsbad Golf Course. Golfers hit the links in bright sunshine and did their best to conquer a challenging course, while raising $60,000 for United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County. After an afternoon of play, golfers were treated to dinner, a live auction and the awards banquet hosted by comedian Russ T. Nailz.

UCP thanks The Crossings at Carlsbad general manager Gary Glaser and his excellent staff and all the participants and supporters that came out to this annual event.

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Shop AmazonSmile and Support UCP

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County every time you shop, at no cost to you.

When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to UCP.

To shop at AmazonSmile simply click here from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping.

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.

You use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

Click Here to start shopping. Please tell your friends and family about this easy (and free) way to support UCP San Diego.


Young Girl Inspires High School Team

When the Mater Dei softball team finds itself in pinch, they look to honorary crusader Kelly Lecker to lift them out of it. The Alpine resident was born with cerebral palsy and joined the team this season as part of their honorary player program. Watch:



Donate Your Old Cell Phone To Help UCP

Clean out that junk drawer and help United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County at the same time. UCP has partnered with SecondWave Recycling to provide you with an EASY and FREE way to donate your old cell phones, PDAs and tablets.

SecondWave Recycling is an environmentally secondwaveand socially responsible organization that partners with non-profits to support their fundraising efforts. Old phones may seem useless but they contain valuable, renewable materials that can be used in the next generation of phones.

You can drop off your old cell phones, PDAs and tablets at a UCP Thrift Store in City Heights, Pacific Beach or Chula Vista. You can also click here to print a free USPS pre-paid shipping label or request a free pre-paid envelope. Be sure to designate UCP as your cause.

Properly disposing of your old devices will keep them out of landfills and help people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities by funding UCP's programs and services.


Overview: Programs and Services


New Teen and Young Adult Group

UCP San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital invite career and college-bound teens, 14-21, to a newly formed peer group that enjoys social and informational activities. Meetings are held at Ronald McDonald House and other community locations.

For more information, contact Carolina at (858) 576-1700, ext. 5362 or Rhonda at (858) 571-7803, ext. 115.


Equipment Recycling and Funding

UCP accepts and recycles pediatric and adult durable medical equipment to families at no cost. UCP also can help with the purchase of durable medical equipment if no other source of funding is available. Income guidelines and other eligibility criteria apply and there is an application process.

Contact Rhonda Van Eklenberg at (858) 609-7515 to learn more about the equipment UCP has on hand or to donate equipment that you’d like to see recycled and in the hands of families who need it. Rhonda can also explain UCP’s funding assistance and help you to determine whether your equipment needs might qualify for this assistance.

Click here to view currently available equipment.


Small Change = Big canister helpStrides

UCP coin canisters are a small but mighty way to raise important funds for program services.

If you know of a local retailer such as a market, convenience store, gas station or fast food establishment where consumers “pay at the register,” please share your contact with our fund development staff by calling (858) 571-5365.

UCP staff and volunteers do all the work by placing, maintaining, and collecting from each location. All merchants have to do is provide a small amount of counter space.


UCP History

UCP of San Diego County has over 55 years of experience serving people with disabilities and their families with many vital and innovative services.

We believe that all people should have the right to live, work and socialize in the community of their choosing. And, we’re working to make that goal a reality.

Working throughout the years to improve services with every step, UCP has program centers in San Diego and Escondido and numerous community based programs serving hundreds of local citizens on a daily basis.

Since its early beginnings, UCP of San Diego County has been committed to maintaining exceedingly high standards as evidenced by its long-standing national accreditation by The Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission (CARF).


Your dollars make a huge difference in the lives of people with Cerebral Palsy.


To our thrift stores, located in Pacific Beach, City Heights and Chula Vista.


Our success depends on the skills, talents, time and energy of our many volunteers.

More Ways To Help

November 5
“Life Without Limits” Awards Dinner

Join us for this special night as we honor David F. Hale, Chairman and CEO of Hale BioPharma Ventures, LLC, for his professional success and the work that he does to make our community a better place; and work to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families across San Diego County. Click here for tickets.


Small Change Makes A Big Difference

Look for our coin canisters at your favorite Coco’s, Carrow’s and Original Pancake House locations.

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UCP Thrift Stores offer a unique shopping experience for our customers. We offer gently used products from vintage clothing and accessories to everyday fashions, household items, furniture, and antiques.

Our stores are conveniently located in Pacific Beach, City Heights and Chula Vista.

Locations and Information

Serving San Diego County since 1983, Precision Assembly is a unique business that can help with your bulk mail and assembly needs.

A division of United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County, Precision Assembly offers quality service to customers and training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The team of instructors and physically-challenged employees are dedicated to putting your needs first.

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Ready Stamps is a unique full service business that can help with stamps, engraving and printing needs.

A division of United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County, Ready Stamps has been providing job training and employment for persons with disabilities since 1982.

As a manufacturer, we can provide quicker, more reliable service at a better price than those who are simply "supplying" marking devices.

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