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RPF Gala: Community Wellness Project Announced

Royal Pride Foundation
Royal Pride Foundation Gala at the BeachFront Hilton Hotel on May 3rd.

On May 3rd, The Royal Pride Foundation (RPF), which is a non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting San Marcos High School held their annual gala Red, Blue & You at the Santa Barbara Hilton BeachFront Resort. At this event, the non-profit announced San Marcos High School’s Building Community Wellness Project.

The Building Community Wellness Project is a 2-phase plan that involves re-designing and transforming the current campus wellness center into a state-of-the-art facility that will serve as a hub for physical, emotional, and mental wellness on campus, and will also create a brand new “mini-campus” for the Health Careers Academy (HCA, allowing for significant enhancement and expansion of the highly successful program.

Principal Dare Holden announcing the Building Community Wellness Project (Royal Pride Foundation)

The project received a 1.5 Million dollar lead donation from the John C. Mithun Foundation. The gift was announced by Principal Dare Holdren on May 3 and is believed to be the single largest donation ever to the San Marcos High School Community.

The Building Community Wellness Project is projected to cost $11 million dollars, approximately half of which is coming from state bond money that must be spent on replacing portable classrooms with permanent ones (projected to have the project in the S-wing).

San Marcos is seeking to raise the rest of the needed funding through philanthropic donations and, with this lead gift, has raised nearly $2.5 million dollars towards the goal of $5.5 million.

Construction for the project is projected to begin in June 2025.

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