Wish of a Lifetime: Fulfilling a Wish in San Diego

Coastal Premier Properties Helps Wish of a Lifetime Recipient, Phyllis Turner

Phyllis, Tom, Connie, and Susan

Wish of a Lifetime is an organizing fulfilling the wishes of deserving seniors. Coastal Premier Properties recently had the opportunity to help one woman’s Wish of a Lifetime become a reality.

Phyllis Turner, 86, is a current resident at the Freedom Village in Holland, MI. Music has always been a significant part of her life. Phyllis began playing the Cello when she was in the 8th grade, and ever since she has had a true appreciation for string instruments. Her son took on her appreciation of music and currently plays the Viola for the San Diego Symphony. Phyllis’ wish of a lifetime is to be able to travel to San Diego, CA to watch her son’s performance under the well-known conductor Jahja Ling. When Phyllis graduated High School she dreamed of being able to play her Cello in New York City- but this was unfortunately not an option due to the income. She decided that the next best thing would be to teach music to others. Phyllis taught the 4th grade through 12th grade for many years, but retired when she had to care for her family. Phyllis’ son began playing when he was 4 years old- she knew that he was destined for music. It has been many years since she has been able to listen to him play and with a recent move to San Diego to play in their Symphony; this has sparked a desire for her to travel there to support him.”

On Friday May 24th, Susan Meyers-Pyke of Coastal Premier Properties and her family took Phyllis and her friend, Connie, to see her son, Tom Turner, play the viola in the San Diego Symphony. Her son, Tom Turner, is the first chair violist for the symphony, under the direction of conductor Jahja Ling. His personal viola is over four hundred years old and as he explained to Susan, “My viola is my retirement someday since it is worth well over one million dollars.” On this particular evening, world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell played with the symphony, seated right next to Tom Turner.

Phyllis was so happy to meet her son at the airport. The group then went to dinner before heading backstage at the symphony, where they were part of the symphony’s end of the season toast with Joshua Bell.

Phyllis Turner’s wish was the first wish granted in San Diego by Wish of a Lifetime. Not only does Wish of a Lifetime help seniors fulfill their bucket lists, it also provides a great way for citizens to give back to their community. Wishes like Phyllis’s are made possible through the help of many different volunteers. To find out about wishes being granted in your area or to help Wish of a Lifetime, visit them online.

Phyllis and her son, Tom Turner

Charity: Senior Wish “Wish of a Lifetime”

Wish of a Lifetime


Wish of a Lifetime
1821 Blake Street Suite 200
Denver, CO 80202


Last weekend at the real estate conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, Amy Green and Susan Meyers-Pyke got to hear some of the inspiring stories of the seniors who have benefited from the Wish of a Lifetime program.

After the presentation, they had a chance to speak more with Jesse Boyd, one of the spokesmen for seniors, pictured below. Jesse posing with Susan Meyers-Pyke, is a three-time war vet. He served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Jesse is pictured in his original WWII uniform, from 1942.


Founded by Jeremy Bloom, the organization strives to provide deserving seniors with their “Wish of a Lifetime”, whether that be dancing with the Radio City Rockettes, going skydiving, or finding a child that was given up for adoption. The stories are inspiring, both in their simplicity and passion. Much like the children’s organization, Make A Wish, the wishes of Wish of a Lifetime are filled with the sum total of hope and yearning of one single life, singular, but so large in scope.

From the WOL website:

“WOL Foundation is built on the premise that senior citizens should be respected, honored and aided in our society.  They have given a lifetime of service, wisdom and most of all love to their community and families.”

All of us have dreams. Not all of us get to achieve them. Wish of a Lifetime helps deserving seniors live theirs.

To learn about volunteering, helping, or donating, visit the website.

Event in Focus: San Diego Wine Affair

Hey winos, this event’s for you!

On February 7th at 6pm, the Cabrillo Advisors Foundation will be hosting an event for wine-lovers to benefit Rady Children’s Hospital and San Diego Social Venture Partners. The event is expected to draw over 300 wine enthusiasts. More than 30 top-rated California winemakers will also be attendance, with plenty of tasting samples for guests of the event. The Estancia’s chefs will prepare delicious food to accompany this night of wine. Live entertainment will be provided by Dawn Mitschele. Silent and live auctions will contain quality items, including some very big ticket offerings.

Rady Children’s Hospital is “is the county’s only dedicated pediatric care facility and trauma center”. San Diego Social Venture Partners is an organization that invests in non-profits.

For more information and ticketing, please visit the website.

February 7th, 2013 @ 6pm

La Jolla Ballroom

The Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa

January 2013 Shoe Drive

All month long we’re collecting your old and no longer used shoes. We take men’s, women’s, and children’s shoes. You can drop them off at our office during regular business hours through the end of the month. Clean your closet AND donate to a worthy cause! The shoe drive goes directly to benefit kids in the San Diego Unified School District. We’ve partnered with the Gaylord-Hansen Mortgage Group, whose goal is to put 26,000 shoes on kids in 2013!

Casa de Amparo 2012 Wrap-Up

Casa de Amparo is a non-profit organization in San Diego that provides programs and help for children and families affected by child abuse. They are committed to spreading awareness and preventing abuse of this kind. The holiday gift program provides gifts to children in the organization’s Hayward Child Development Center (ages 18 mo. to 5 years), Children’s Shelter (ages 6-17) and New Directions Transitional Housing & Support Program for former foster youth (18-24).

Our 2012 Adopt-A-Casa-Kid program was another success! With the generous contributions from our sponsors, we were able to provide gifts for fifty children this year. All of the children were deeply appreciative of the gifts they received. Thank you to everyone who donated time, money, or gifts towards helping us achieve our goals and putting a smile on the faces of some very deserving children.