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
Stars & Stripes is a four-day fundraiser that combines fishing, golf and music. Stars & Stripes has raised nearly $30 million since 1997, and South Bay Community Services is one of seven beneficiaries for 2018.
Each year, SBCS touches the lives of more than 50,000 children and families in San Diego County. Former Councilmember, Patty Chavez has been an advocate for SBCS since 2004 and currently serves as their director of communications and external affairs.
THE PROBLEM: Behavioral health disorders affect over 90% of children who commit suicide, making it the third leading cause of death for teenagers.
THE SOLUTION: Through prevention and intervention, the San Diego Center for Children (SDCC) gives children the help they need to have better health, improved relationships and overall quality of life.
For over 20 years, the SDCC has had Joyce Glazer championing their cause. Joyce has done everything from painting storage buildings to taking children to tree lighting ceremonies to co-chairing their fundraiser on June 9, 2018.
Lynda Kerr and her husband Rich have been extraordinary Home of Guiding Hands supporters for the past 18 years. Rich first got involved with HGH by joining the annual HGH Pro-Am Golf Classic committee and co-chairing the event. Every year since, Rich has played in the tournament and the Kerrs have been long-time sponsors of the Golf Classic. Because of the Kerr's dedication to service, HGH is honoring them at their 44th Annual Fundraising Gala.
"Rich and Lynda simply believe in giving back," said Mark Krause, President & CEO of Home of Guiding Hands. "We are grateful for their altruistic sense of giving, their loyalty, and their shared belief in our mission to improve the lives of those we serve. Many things are possible because of people like Rich and Lynda."
For over 35 years, Promises2Kids has been providing support to children from the moment they come into foster care through adulthood. Thanks to the generosity of people like Jolene Perry, Promises2Kids has distributed over $25 million towards the care of more than 200,000 children who are in foster care due to abuse or neglect. Jolene is co-chairing this year’s “Dream On Concert Gala” featuring three time Grammy winner, Rob Thomas.
The Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park is a place for people of all ages to explore the power and possibilities of science. Born and raised in San Diego, board member Peter Preuss, Jr. has been visiting the Fleet since childhood. As a sponsor and honorary committee member of the Fleet’s upcoming fundraiser, “Busting the Myths of Wine”, Peter shares with us his unique perspective of the center.
Scoliosis causes an “S” or “C” shaped curve to the spine and affects 6 to 9 million people in the United States, many of whom are adolescents. Richard Gelbart is co-chairing this year’s “Give BACKS Hope” whch will raise money and awareness to help children with scoliosis. Richard’s family has been personally affected by scoliosis and is sharing their story to make the journey easier for those who are just getting started.
Studies show that if a child gets behind in school at age 8, it’s virtually impossible to ever catch up. Knowing this, Barrio Logan College Institute developed after school programs for children that start at third grade and continue all the way through college graduation. Much of BLCI’s success can be traced to their CEO, Jose Cruz who is a role model and mentor for these at-risk students.