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Illini Local Business Partners

Check here when you need professional services!! These Illini businesses support the San Diego County Illini Club by contributing at least $100 to cover the Club’s Administrative costs. Support fellow Illini by using these businesses! Advertise here!!!!

Commercial Real Estate Services – Lee & Associates: Commercial real estate firm, specializing in assisting both investors and business owners with leasing and sales of retail, office, industrial and land. Now is a great time to find a home for your business and improve your invesment portfolio. Contact Al Apuzzo at 760-448-2442 or for any of your commercial real estate needs.

Home Loans up to $3 million: I am committed to helping you find the right mortgage product for your needs. Every borrower is different, and we offer a variety of products to meet your individual requirements. We donate $100 in your name to the Illini Scholarship fund for each closed transaction. Contact Janet Patzer at 619-688-9080 or

Provide Help in Protecting the Most Vulnerable Children: Illini Betty Mohlenbrock founded Reading Legacies, a non-profit organization that promotes literacy of at-risk children by providing a read-aloud experience on DVD with their incarcerated parents. Illini Pat Giles oversees a Reading Legacies program of disadvantaged teens reading with neighborhood preschoolers. Your help is needed to promote rehabilitated families and empower teens as positive role models. Please volunteer to help these programs or donate to this cause. Contact Betty or Pat at or 858.775.7668 or

Law Firm: VC Law Group, LLP – The VC Law Group is located in San Diego County and handles multiple practice areas including litigation, corporate law, residential and commercial leasing, bankruptcy, and estate planning. We offer free consultations and would be happy to speak with you regarding your legal needs. Please contact Illini Grad Vik Chaudhry at (858) 519-7333 or via email at

Financial Advisor: Dimitris Magemeneas, AAMS® – When it comes to your financial future, it is important to work with someone who takes time to understand you and your situation. We take a step-by-step approach to identify your goals and develop specific strategies to help you achieve them. Contact me today and see how personal service can make a difference. Edward Jones, 157 N. Twin Oaks Valley Road, Suite 130, San Marcos, CA 92069. (760) 752-9733.

Bella LoomaBella Looma Handwovens by Katie Rivas – Katie has created this special scarf which will be a centerpiece for the Silent Auction at the Annual Dinner. These handwoven scarves are inspired by the University of Illinois. Katie’s “Illini” line includes a winter design (seen in photo) and a lightweight California inspired design, perfect for warmer-weather months. Each of these are designed using a medley of rayon, silk, lightweight wools, novelty yarns and custom hand dyed yarns, to create truly unique, hard-to-find pieces. To see close-ups of each scarf, go to (click on “Collections” and then “Illini scarves”) Contact Katie at (661) 992-1395.

The Illini Club of San Diego County formerly charged $10 per year dues to its members to cover administrative costs. Local dues were discontinued in 2009 when the Alumni Association discontinued its annual dues. Since then, our treasury balance has consistently declined due to an absence of revenue. Rather than reinstitute Club dues, the Board decided to obtain revenue by soliciting advertising from local Illini businesses.

The businesses listed here have donated at least $100/ per year to the Club to cover administrative costs. Listed businesses are owned by fellow Illini, or they employ Illini. While the Club cannot endorse the quality of the products and services provided, we do suggest that you consider these businesses when the need arises. Perform due diligence as you would for any advertised product or service.