Successful Coronado Turkey Trot Benefits the Copley Psychiatric Emergency Department at Rady Children’s Hospital

Turkey Trot 2018

The Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary – Coronado Unit would like to thank everyone who helped make the 5th Annual Coronado Turkey Trot a success. Due to the participation of our wonderful community, the 5k run in Tidelands Park sold out once again this year. Donations are still being collected; however, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and participants, the event exceeded last year’s donation of $59,000 for the Copley Psychiatric Emergency Department at Rady Children’s Hospital.

Turkey Trot 2018

The auxiliary would like to recognize this year’s premier corporate sponsors Island Living, California American Water, and the Allan & Lyndsey Arendsee Family Foundation; and platinum sponsors Coronado Fitness Club, Madhu Arora, and Milberg Orthodontics.Turkey Trot 2018

“We are so grateful for this year’s sponsors, who were imperative to the success of this year’s Turkey Trot. Their support will help provide a critical, life-saving resource for countless children,” says Lynda Willkie, co-chair for the auxiliary’s Coronado unit.

The rain held off on Thanksgiving Day, while participants ran or walked with family and friends to help raise money for the region’s first pediatric psychiatric emergency department. This specialized emergency department is scheduled to open in 2019 and will combine Rady Children’s distinct pediatric medical expertise with state-of-the-art mental health services to serve children in various states of mental health crises. Recognizing that early intervention can save lives and support families at the most critical point in a mental health crisis, the planned Copley Psychiatric Emergency Department will serve the unique needs of patients requiring immediate and long-term care for mental and behavioral health challenges.Turkey Trot 2018 winner


Congratulations to the top men’s finisher of this year’s Turkey Trot, Matthew Glynn, with an official time of 17:43, and the top female finisher, Hadley Mickel, with an official time of 19:24.

Other generous sponsors for this event include gold sponsors Biggins Property Management, The Clements Group, Swinerton Renewable Energy, Mary Jo Morgan, The Hart Family, The Oder Family, and The Peterson Family. Silver sponsors are Be Polished, Port of San Diego, Thrasher Termite & Pest Control, Union Bank, EDCO, Turkey Trot 2018ISLE Surf & SUP, Island Threads, Cathy Brown & Darrell Fietz, Ann Goodfellow, Ginny & Peter Jensen, and Charlotte & Tom Rudowicz.


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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.”Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: