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A-1 Self Storage Donates Money to Several San Diego-Area Charity Events, Causes


California self-storage provider A-1 Self Storage is supporting several charities through sponsorships and monetary donations.

The company is a sponsor of the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) “2012 Step Out Diabetes Walk” this Sunday in San Diego. The three-mile walk is the ADA’s primary national fundraising effort, raising more than $150 million. In 2011, more than 150,000 people participated in 130 walk events across the nation, raising $20 million.

A-1 also sponsored the “2012 Butterfly Ball” on Oct. 20, a fundraising event hosted by Fresh Start Surgical Gifts of San Diego. The organization raises money to assist with reconstructive surgery and related healthcare services for disadvantaged infants, children and teens with physical deformities caused by abuse, accidents, birth defects or disease.

“An organization that can literally provide a child a ‘fresh start’ in life is one worth investing in,” said Brian Caster, A-1 president and CEO.

On Oct. 13, the company sponsored “Once Upon a Time ROMP 2012,” a gala benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. The organization provides a “home away from home” for families with children being treated at local hospitals for serious, often life-threatening, conditions. This year’s third-annual ROMP event set a goal of raising $350,000.

“We are enthused to know that our gift makes possible 4,000 meals to self-sacrificing parents who are living life at their child’s bedside,” Caster said. “It is our honor to help them in this simple way.”

A-1 Self Storage also recently made monetary donations to the National Ataxia Foundation’s (NAF) “2012 Walk ‘n Roll” event in San Diego and in support of the Milestone House in Oceanside, Calif.

Ataxia is a brain disease that causes a lack of muscle coordination, physical unsteadiness, speech impairment and difficulty swallowing. NAF is a membership-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those inflicted with the disease through its support, education and research.

Milestone House is a nonprofit organization that supports at-risk teenage girls 13-17 through residential treatment programs, including educational support, teaching independent living skills, leisure activities, counseling and therapy. Many of the children it supports are victims of abandonment, abuse, molestation and neglect.

A-1 Self Storage has 17 locations in the San Diego County area and more than 40 locations statewide. It’s the self-storage division of the Caster Cos., a third-generation, family-owned company headquartered in Southern California since 1959. Caster Cos. develops and manages A-1 Self Storage, A-1 Car Storage and other commercial properties in California. Its portfolio includes more than 4 million square feet of real estate.

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