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Ranch salon keeps Chelsea’s light burning

RANCHO SANTA FE — Studio Felando’s “Keep the Light Burning” fundraiser on April 28 raised more than $13,000 to benefit Chelsea’s Light Foundation, the nonprofit organization launched by the parents of slain Poway teen Chelsea King.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the evening’s event will be donated to the charity. Local families, business owners and government leaders, including State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, joined together in the courtyard outside Studio Felando for a silent auction and raffle led by former San Diego Padre Steve Finley.
Assemblyman Fletcher, who represents California’s 75th District, traveled to Rancho Santa Fe for the event from his office in Sacramento where he has been working to introduce Chelsea’s Law to government leaders. Throughout the evening, guests also enjoyed live music in addition to wine and hors’ d’oeuvres from Bernardo Winery and Café Merlot.
“I have been so humbled by the generosity of everyone in our community,” said Suzanne Felando Mattson, event organizer and Studio Felando owner. “There has been a tremendous outpouring of support from people who want to know what they can do to help the King family and Chelsea’s Light Foundation. Tonight’s event is the culmination of these efforts to remember Chelsea and keep her legacy alive.”
To make a donation to Chelsea’s Light Foundation, checks can be mailed to: Chelsea’s Light Foundation, 12463 Rancho Bernardo Road San Diego 92128-2143. For more information about Chelsea’s Light Foundation, visit
Chelsea’s Light Foundation is a California nonprofit corporation formed in March 2010 by Chelsea’s parents Kelly and Brent King. The foundation supports Chelsea’s Law, which would require stricter sentencing guidelines for violent sex offenders and institute a more intensive monitoring system for parolees.