These patients were suffering from various vascular- and arterial-related diseases, including varicose veins and thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms. Patients were treated at Musicant’s office on Center Drive in La Mesa or an area surgery center. Ryan, a chiropractor since 1983, has volunteered as a team doctor for high school and college sports teams in the East County for nearly 30 years. During many fall seasons, he has been a familiar face on the sidelines for more than 250 football games at Grossmont College and another 200 football games at Grossmont, Valhalla and Santana high schools.
He also volunteered over a 10-year span as team doctor at San Diego Christian College (SDCC), caring for soccer, basketball, softball, baseball and cross country athletes. He currently teaches genetics, biochemistry and microbiology at SDCC. He also volunteers his chiropractic skills to several San Diego State University (SDSU) sports teams. Byrnes, an attorney in private practice since 1991, has served for the past 29 years on the board of directors of the San Diego Freedom Ranch, an alcohol and drug residential treatment facility in Campo. Since 1972, Freedom Ranch’s 120-day recovery program has helped thousands of men live sober lives. Since joining the board in 1987, James has served twice as chairman for a total of seven years. More than 8,000 men have graduated from the program during his time of leadership.
Byrnes has a personal reason for his decades of support to San Diego Freedom Ranch. He is a recovering alcoholic who spent five months there in 1984. Colombo, a retired commercial construction superintendent, and his beagle named Shiloh have visited patients throughout the hospital campus, including the Emergency and Critical Care Center, David and Donna Long Center for Cancer Treatment and the Rehabilitation Center, as well as private rooms. They also have made trips to the Sharp HospiceCare LakeView home in La Mesa. Since January 2014, the duo have logged more than 375 hours of volunteer service. Mejia is founder of a nonprofit that provides financial assistance, resources and encouragement to children and their families suffering from life-threatening pediatric cancer. Founded in January 2014, Sons of Charity has provided emergency grants to cover a variety of expenses ranging from daily living or household needs, such as food or gasoline, to travel expenses during lengthy hospital stays and alternative treatments not covered by insurance. About a dozen families have been helped in the past two years. Dressed as a pirate and resembling the lead actor in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, Mejia regularly visits Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego to bring a smile to the faces of children and family members going through a rough time. Minimum wage increases worry Chamber members San Diego County business owners are less optimistic about prospects ahead because of the looming minimum wage increase, fueling doubts about future hiring, according to a recent survey of chamber of commerce members commissioned by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. The chamber survey’s Business Outlook Index dropped from 26.9 points in March -- its highest point since June 2015 -- to 19.4 points in April. In addition, 33 percent of survey respondents said a minimum wage hike was the most negative state regulation they face. Chamber of Commerce members from the Lakeside, Santee, Alpine Mountain Empire and San Diego East County chambers were among the randomly selected 232 business owners polled. Other respondents were members of chambers in Escondido, Vista, National City and San Diego. Competitive Edge Research & Communication conducted the countywide survey. “It’s clear from this survey that a rising minimum wage presents across-the-board hurdles to county businesses and there is concern that some of these businesses may leave the state,” said Jerry Sanders, CEO, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. Chick-fil-A in Santee to host `Military Appreciation Night’ The nine Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County, including the Chick-fil-A restaurant at 9418 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, are preparing to give away more than 10,000 chicken sandwiches on Wednesday, May 25, as part of its annual “Military Appreciation Night” promotion. Between the hours of 4 and 7 p.m., any active duty member of the military or retired veteran with a military ID or proof of service, along with every one of their immediate family members with them, will receive their choice of a free entrée. Choices include the Chick-fil-A original chicken sandwich, spicy chicken sandwich, eight-piece nuggets or three-piece chicken-n-strips. The event will include family-friendly activities and entertainment for guests at each Chick-fil-A restaurant. “As a military community, we’re looking forward here in San Diego to this opportunity to honor all who are serving or have honorably served in the simplest way we know how, with great food,” said Kyle Steck, Santee Chick-fil-A owner-operator. “It is a remarkable event and our privilege to extend our gratitude and recognize our armed services heroes who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.” Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County are located in Chula Vista, Encinitas, Oceanside, San Marcos, Santee, Escondido and in San Diego on Sports Arena Blvd., Camino Ruiz in Mira Mesa and Carmel Mountain Road in Carmel Mountain Ranch. For addresses and directions, visit www.chick-fil-a.com. This is Chick-fil-A’s ninth annual “Military Appreciation Night” in San Diego. The event began in San Diego in 2008, when there were four Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County. It has since grown to more than 50 participating Chick-fil-A restaurants throughout Southern California. Realtors group hosts golf tournament at Cottonwood The Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors, a 2,300-member trade group for San Diego-area realtors, will hold its 41st annual fundraising golf tournament starting with check-in 7 a.m.
on Friday, June 3, at Cottonwood Golf Course, 3121 Willow Glen Road, El Cajon. Cost to play is $125 per player or $500 per foursome, which includes green fees, cart, box lunch and dinner. Proceeds from the golf tournament will benefit the California Association of Realtors’ Housing Affordability Fund (HAF). HAF is a charitable entity dedicated to addressing California’s growing housing affordability crisis. For more information and to RSVP, contact PSAR at (619) 421-7811, or visit www.psar.org/golf. Clark Marketing Solutions of La Mesa wins AIVA award Neal Clark of Clark Marketing Solutions of La Mesa reports his firm recently received a Communicator Award of Distinction for creative excellence from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA), a 600-member international professional group that promotes creativity in media design, production and distribution. The award was for the use of music in a commercial radio spot called “Ah Summer” produced for client Diamond Valley Honda of Hemet, Calif. It was Clark’s sixth AIVA award he has received since 2011, and third for Diamond Valley Honda. AIVA’s Communicator Awards draws more than 6,000 entries worldwide, Clark said.
Clark, who opened his firm in 2004, serves clients in the automotive, finance, real estate development and hospitality industries. Medical Society’s foundation has new name The charitable foundation formed 11 years ago by the San Diego County Medical Society has changed and shortened its name. Formerly called the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation, the foundation’s new name is Champions for Health.