Don Diego Scholarship Foundation offering gift that gives back

The nonprofit Don Diego Scholarship Foundation is offering a unique gift for the holidays, a customized Legacy Brick permanently installed at the Del Mar Fairgrounds’ Legacy Fountain, according to a press release from the foundation.

Prices begin at $150. Buyers can also purchase a replica brick to place elsewhere.

The Legacy Brick can be personalized with text and images. The purchase is tax deductible.

“[It] not only commemorates a person or occasion; it also enshrines the recipient in the rich, iconic history of the fairgrounds and San Diego,” according to the release. “The San Diego County Fair harks back to the 1880s; the Fairgrounds to the 1930s; the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation to 1986.”

The Del Mar-based Don Diego Scholarship Foundation was named for Don Diego, aka Tom Hernandez, who served as the fair’s welcoming goodwill ambassador from 1947-1984. Since its inception in 1986, the foundation has awarded approximately $797,000 in scholarships to 177 students and in agriculture education grants, according to the release.

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“What better way to help Don Diego celebrate our 30th anniversary than by enabling us to continue building a better San Diego, one scholarship at a time,” stated Don Diego Executive Director Chana Mannen in the release.


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