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Pardee Puts 'Miracle' Within Reach of Children with Disabilities

$25,000 Donation Boosts Fund for Construction of New Ball Field

San Diego, November 20, 2006 - Fund-raising efforts for a new ball field for children with disabilities from across San Diego County have received a major league boost with a $25,000 donation from Pardee Homes.

The new ball field is a joint project between the nonprofit Miracle League of San Diego and the County of San Diego, and project organizers hope to have children playing baseball there by next spring. The field will be located in San Dieguito County Park on Lomas Santa Fe Avenue, in the unincorporated area just east of Solana Beach.

Pardee officials presented a check to the Miracle League at a brief ceremony held at the office of County Board of Supervisors Chairman and Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn, a strong supporter of the project.

"I appreciate the generosity of Pardee Homes," said Horn. "Their contribution toward making the Miracle League in San Diego County a reality is tangible evidence of their commitment to our community."

"Pardee Homes is dedicated to building communities, and we are excited to participate in such a worthwhile project," said Beth Fischer, Pardee's San Diego Division President. "All children should be able to take part in the joy of playing baseball, and this field will be designed to provide access to children with disabilities."

Suzie Engel, President of the Miracle League of San Diego, said, "Pardee's generous contribution to this project is greatly appreciated. We hope it will inspire other companies and individuals to support the Miracle League."

The field will be specially designed with a rubber surface so that disabled children can maneuver around it in wheelchairs, or with walkers or crutches. The soft surface will also reduce the risk of injury from falls. Players will take their at-bats, travel around the bases and play in the field with the assistance of volunteer "buddies," who might be schoolmates, siblings, adult volunteers or college students.

Miracle League officials said the gift by Pardee Homes brings them within $50,000 of their $350,000 fund-raising goal. The first phase of the project - including the playing field and ramps to improve accessibility - will cost about $1.2 million. The County of San Diego has pledged $900,000 towards the project, along with providing the land.

The group hopes to hold its inaugural season next spring, with a league of 10 teams, each with 15 players. Some 30,000 children with disabilities live in San Diego County, according to Miracle League officials.

The local Miracle League belongs to a national association of similar groups; 48 rubberized fields have been completed in the U.S., 60 are under construction and 30 more are scheduled for groundbreaking, according to the Miracle League Web site.

Established in 1921, Pardee Homes provides new home choices for a spectrum of households, with particular focus on master-planned settings that also include schools, parks, and preserved open space. The company is active in California and Nevada, with regional offices in San Diego, Corona, Irvine, Sacramento, Valencia and Las Vegas. In 2004, Pardee Homes celebrated its 50th anniversary in San Diego. For more information about Pardee Homes, visit their award-winning web site at www.pardeehomes.com.