Hosted by the San Diego American Indian Health Center, the 30th Annual Balboa Park Pow Wow was a cultural spectacular that celebrated the heritage and traditions of American Indians. Participants from many American Indian Tribes, bands and communities took part in the two-day event held in Balboa Park. Attendees enjoyed entertainment including traditional Bird Singers, Native American dancers, vendors and traditional foods.
Giving and grooving was the word at the Disco Ball 2018 Gala. The fundraising event benefitted the Children’s Nature Retreat Foundation which is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and their families. The focus at their animal sanctuary in Alpine is rooted in nurturing a deep connection with the natural world; while in Burkina Faso, West Africa, they provide support to families and access to education from pre-school age through high school.
Guests embarked on a tropical adventure to support people with disabilities at The Jewels of San Diego 2018 Gala. Themed Havana Nights at the Tropicana, all proceeds from this black-tie affair benefit children and adults receiving essential life services at The Arc of San Diego. Chaired by Phyllis and John Parrish, the event honored San Diegans for their philanthropic contributions to our community.
Rafael Fernández de Castro, director of Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at UCSD, alongside Manager of Community Affairs & Grassroots for Southwest Airlines, Lidia S. Martinez, hosted a grand opening for the exhibition of works by Latino artists on loan from the Gilberto Cardenas Collection of Latino Art, the largest private collection of Latino art in the world.
The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation hosted members of the Lhaq’temish or Lummi Nation, the original people of Washington State and British Columbia’s coast, as they seek to bring back Tokitae, the killer whale taken from their ancestral waters in the Salish Sea. A 16-foot totem pole carved with the killer whale and seals accompanied them as they crossed the country to Florida to bring attention to their cause.
The Salk Institute recently hosted a signing ceremony for a $1.5 million research grant from NANOS, a company based in the Republic of Korea. The funds will establish a dedicated laboratory for Alzheimer’s research at Salk. Almost 50 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer’s, an aging-related neurodegenerative disorder that results in severe memory loss and cognitive decline. Members of the company as well as Salk’s top leadership were part of this momentous occasion.
Giving Back Magazine is proud to be a Sponsor and Partner for the 6th year in a row of Día de Alegría Luncheon to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of San Diego. Under the leadership of Co-Chairs Monica Fimbres, and Elisa Jaime, Día de Alegría was a sold-out success. Latinas and Friends from our bi-national region enjoyed a special luncheon at the Westgate Hotel all while helping raise funds to further the House's mission to ensure families in need have a "home away from home" during their child's medical crisis.
Elegance and fun weren’t the only perfect pair at the Fleet Science Center’s Busting the Myths of Wine event. Guests also enjoyed a spectacular wine and dinner pairing. The event was held in support of the organization’s efforts to make science more accessible. Guests had the opportunity to tour the museum and enjoy the many interactive exhibits making for an exciting and entertaining event.
Recognizing the leaders who help make San Diego and all of Southern California a better place to live is an essential aspect of the philanthropic community. The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 16th Annual Visionary Awards honored many such committed individuals including Patti Roscoe, Peter Seidler, Lidia S. Martinez, and more.
An experienced and successful journalist, philanthropist, and former First Lady of California, Maria Shriver was the perfect fit as guest speaker at the Architects of Change event at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace (OLP). Interviewed by two OLP Students, Mrs. Shriver shared her professional wisdom, inspiring those in attendance to go after their dreams with witty, insightful and relatable stories that inspired all in attendance. She then graciously signed copies of her book for all that waited in line to meet her!