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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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Fleet Science Center

Science is essential to our region’s economic, social, and cultural prosperity

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.

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To get to where you want to go, ask somebody who is on their way back

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.

Jose Cruz BLCI

Education Today vs. Prisons Tomorrow

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.

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For the last ten years, I have had the privilege of getting to know Danitza and Esteban Villanueva through the nonprofits that we both support. Joining Danitza and Esteban’s team at Giving Back Magazine is truly my greatest honor.

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