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The Jonathan Tarr Foundation is honored during an open house on Tuesday in Carlsbad. From left to right in the front row: Robin Tarr, who established the foundation in memory of her son, California Senator Mark Wyland, foundation President Evelyn Kheo, board member Noralie Lannon. Back row: board member Sherry Yardley and board member Steve Lannon. Photo courtesy of Robin Tarr

Foundation board honored for volunteer efforts

ENCINITAS — California Senator Mark Wyland honored citizens who enrich their communities through volunteer efforts at an open house in Carlsbad on Tuesday. 

Among the recipients was Encinitas resident Robin Tarr, who founded the 501 (c) 3 Jonathan Tarr Foundation.

Robin established the foundation in memory of her son, who died in a car accident in 1998.

“We’re very touched to be recognized and honored,” Robin said. “It’s so kind.”

The foundation has given more than $264,000 in scholarships to underserved students not usually targeted for academic assistance with post-secondary education.

Eight others in North County were honored during the open house.

“These volunteers embody the true American spirit and are dedicated stewards of their communities,” Wyland said.

“I believe it is important to honor selfless individuals who notice the needs of others and without hesitation, offer a helping hand,” he added.