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I am honored and proud to join the Giving Back Magazine team as the new Philanthropy Editor. I have served on multiple nonprofit boards and chaired numerous fundraisers throughout San Diego. I feel very lucky to live in a city that has so many individuals who choose to give back. Each week, I will feature some of these hometown heroes and the causes that are making a difference in our community.

Lori M Walton
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Listen to understand, not to respond

Options is an annual event that began in 1993 and brings together over 700 women to celebrate the collective impact that Federation has on our local and global Jewish Community. This year, co-chair Britney Ewing will welcome guest speaker Orly Wahba who is a teacher, entrepreneur, and community activist passionate about inspiring and motivating people to make the world a kinder place. Orly gained international acclaim when her award-winning film, Kindness Boomerang, went viral receiving over 100 million views. 

Chairman Cody Martinez & Sycuan Casino

Play, Win, Together

Sycuan’s Gift Giving Ceremony is a celebration recognizing organizations that are making a difference in the community. Each December, members of the Sycuan Tribal Council and Sycuan Leadership Team choose one charity to donate to on behalf of Sycuan. Since 2006, the Giving Ceremony has given out close to one million dollars.

As Chairman of the Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation, Cody Martinez oversees Sycuan’s business operations as well as their commitment to being a philanthropic leader in San Diego.

Duane Roth & The Duane Roth Legacy Foundation

I Will Remember You.....

Friends remembering Duane Roth after his untimely passing July 21, 2013.

Bill Geppert - "The Duane Roth Legacy Foundation is a way to honor Duane and bring people together to benefit our community. Duane made a big difference and impact on San Diego and the Legacy Foundation continues his work."

Frank Carrillo & Fundación SIMNSA

Making Our Binational Region A Better Place

SIMNSA provides healthcare for the U.S. workforce who prefer to receive coverage in Mexico. SIMNSA took a realistic look at how healthcare needs differ when a border is crossed. SIMNSA brings a culturally sensitive viewpoint to their high quality, affordable and accessible (open on weekdays 8 am to midnight) healthcare plan for both the employer and employee. SIMNSA was the first Mexican HMO to be licensed as a health care service plan by the State of California.

In 2011, SIMNSA's CEO, Frank Carrillo created the nonprofit, Fundación SIMNSA. Frank believes that it is our social responsibility to get involved and make sure our communities are safe environments that harbor the best quality of life.

Mike Schleyhahn & Father Joe’s Villages

Ending Homelessness One Life At A Time

Connie was an alcoholic, broke and pregnant. Through the Village's Addiction Treatment Center and job training program, Connie got sober, found a job and is now "building a life worth living".

Father Joe's Villages has helped thousands of people get back on their feet. From infants to seniors, Veterans and the elderly, the issue of homelessness and poverty impacts all demographics. Father Joe's Villages is changing lives by giving hope, dignity, empowerment and most of all compassion that comes in the form of a warm meal, a safe place to sleep and a friendly face. Father Joe's board chair, Mike Schleyhahn is leading the way in solving our city's homeless crises.

Christina Jordan and Nemeth Foundation

Remain in the present, the here and now...

The Alexander & Eva Nemeth Foundation provides charitable support to organizations that embody the Nemeth's love of life and commitment to health, animals and community. Christina Jordan is part of the solution for families and animals in need, to improve the quality of life for everyone in our community.

Lisette Islas & MAAC

A Gateway To A World Of Opportunities

MAAC provides a place where local families in need can find the means to self-sufficiency. Hunger and poverty continue to be crises in our communities and unexpected events can easily push families below the poverty level. For the last four years, Lisette Islas has helped MAAC respond to these challenges by evolving its programs to meet our community's needs.

Lynn Gorguze & New Children's Museum

Think, Play, Create...

Providing impactful and fun educational experiences is at the heart of the New Children's Museum. By engaging children through art, play and exploration, the New Children's Museum is nurturing the skills needed for the 21st century: creativity, confidence, problem solving, critical thinking and curiosity about the world.

Sarah B Marsh-Rebelo & San Diego Opera

The human voice can transport us to heights of which we have only dreamed...

Beyond presenting world class opera, San Diego Opera is committed to opening as many gateways as possible for our diverse community by offering free performances at trolley stations, family-friendly performances of "Little Red Riding Hood" and residencies in Title 1 schools that encourage and foster empowerment to over 10,000 students each year.

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