by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Soul of Photography

Making a Difference

volunteer_kendall3Chuck and Gail Kendall have resided in Rancho Santa Fe for 21 years. “We love the casual and friendly attitudes of the residents,” said the couple. “They are caring and always ready to work toward the benefit of the community and charitable causes.”

Much like their fellow Rancho Santa Fe neighbors, the Kendalls are passionate about getting involved with their community. One local charity that is particularly dear to their heart is called I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD), a nonprofit that aims to improve and sustain the health and beauty of San Diego. “A close and admired friend and business associate, Bill Haines, is on the board of ILACSD and puts his heart and soul into this program. My great respect for Bill initiated the interest in this substantial organization,” recalled Chuck. As the Kendalls became more involved with the group, they recognized the unwavering dedication of other ILACSD volunteers and employees. “Seeing the professional and caring direction of other employees encouraged me to be further involved with a financial incentive for their educational programs,” Chuck explained.

With the Kendalls’ generous donation of $25,000, ILACSD will host an upcoming Matching Funds Campaign coinciding with Earth Month, which will aim to match every one of their donated dollars. “At the end of the campaign, ILACSD, with the community’s support, will have raised an additional $25,000 to connect 30,000 of San Diego’s youth to nature in a way that inspires them to protect it for life,” explained the Kendalls.

Names: Chuck and Gail Kendall
Community: Rancho Santa Fe
Profession: Business development and Education
Family: Four sons and seven grandchildren, ages six months to 21 years
Favorite Local Spots: Mille Fleurs, RSF Bistro

volunteer_kendall2The Matching Funds Campaign will conclude on April 23 at the Creek to Bay Cleanup – the organization’s signature event. “Historically ILACSD has engaged nearly 6,000 volunteers to clean and beautify over 100 beaches, canyons, and parks across San Diego County,” noted the couple.

The Kendalls have always had a passion for volunteerism. In addition to their work with ILACSD, Chuck is a past member of the Library Guild Board, Garden Club Board, and the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation Board. He has also supported The Cambridge School, Hillsdale College, and Scripps Hospital Encinitas. “We both value educational pursuits and the Scripps Encinitas Hospital efforts to improve and expand the quality health care they provide to our community and surrounds,” he noted.

Gail has been president of Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe for the past four years, and is founder, publicity chair, and board member of Future Legends, Chuck Courtney Honorary Scholarship Fund. She also has a history of volunteer activities with the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club and Ladies Golf Club. “We love this community,” said the Kendalls, “so these volunteer positions are a way to give back.” 