The Encinitas Coastal Rotary held its annual Golf Ball Drop fundraiser at the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course in early May. The event, which included drinks, appetizers, and desserts, was attended by over 120 local supporters who raised funds for the Navy SEAL Foundation and other local charities. State Assemblymember Rocky Chávez and retired Navy SEAL Rear Admiral Thomas L. Brown were among those in attendance. Guests watched as a helicopter dropped hundreds of golf balls over hole number one. The three participants who purchased numbered/color-coded golf balls that were closest to the flag won cash prizes ranging from $500 to $2,000.

The event was a great success, raising over $20,000 in total. This year’s Golf Ball Drop was sponsored by Bettencourt State Farm, Capital Bank, Coldwell Banker, Herman Cook VW, and the Vivian Nelson Foundation. To learn more visit