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
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.