Local businesses join forces to do good


Three local business — including Swell Coffee Co. in Del Mar — are teaming up to host a movie night on Aug. 12, which will benefit Boys to Men Mentoring and its largest fundraiser of the year, the 100 Wave Challenge.

Boys to Men is an organization dedicated to supporting young, often fatherless boys on their journey to manhood.

“The surfing mentality has always been to leave everything better than you found it — whether it’s the ocean, the environment or in this case, the next generation,” said John Valles, the founder of Swell Coffee Co. “Partnering with Bird’s Surf Shed and Surf Rider Pizza came naturally because we share this common value. Together, we hope to make it effortless and enjoyable to support an important cause.”

The fundraiser event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Bird’s Surf Shed, as the surfboard shop will turn into a theatre for the night and screen the movie “Chasing Mavericks” while guests socialize and enjoy specialty coffee drinks provided by Swell Coffee Co. and movie munchies courtesy of Surf Rider Pizza. One lucky raffle winner will leave the movie night with a new surfboard hand-shaped at The Boardroom Show in Del Mar, donated by friends at Revchem.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting and guests are encouraged to sign up to paddle out for the Boys to Men Mentoring 100 Wave Challenge on Sept. 17.