Three Rancho Bernardo residents are busy raising money to benefit the community – and receive the ultimate reward of becoming the next Honorary Mayor in September.

Each candidate is selling tickets to win prizes provided by the Rancho Bernardo Inn, including the grand prize of a two-night stay and buffet for two at the resort.

The candidates are Michael Rouleau of Michael Joseph Salon & Spa, Kamala Johnson of Visiting Angels of North County, and Larry Herring of Herring Chiropractic.

The Rancho Bernardo Honorary Mayor program was started in the mid-1980s by the then Rancho Bernardo Chamber of Commerce. The brain-child of Bob Wells, then executive Director of the chamber at the time, the program became a yearly event with two to four candidates competing each year selling tickets for a grand prize and second and third prizes. A portion of the proceeds went to various local causes. The winner was always announced at the RB Alive! Expo in June. This year, though, the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce (formerly the Rancho Bernardo Chamber of Commerce) turned the program over to the Rancho Bernardo Business Association.

The winning candidate – who will replace Robin Kaufman, the current Honorary Mayor – will be announced at the RBBA Savour RB Community Food Faire on Sept. 13 at the Rancho Bernardo Courtyard by Marriott.

In addition to the grand prize, ticket buyers also have the opportunity to win a second place prize of Sunday Brunch for two at El Bizcocho Restaurant and a third place prize of Friday night buffet for two at the Viranda Restaurant. Both restaurants are located at the Rancho Bernardo Inn.

RBBA indicated that the recipients of a portion of the fundraising will be the Miss Rancho Bernardo Scholarship Program and the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation.

Tickets are $5 each or 6 for $25. Resident may purchase tickets for any or all of the candidates by contacting them directly or calling RBBA’s April Mitchell at 858-451-3406. More information is available at www.RBBusinessAssociation.com.