Teaming up to give back.

Coming from humble beginnings, MasterChef Winner Season 6, Chef Claudia Sandoval, was raised by a single mom and grandmother who taught her to cook at a young age. For Claudia, food is the foundation of love and passion. When auditioning for MasterChef, this young, single, Latina mother, was not confident she would be chosen for the FOX network show. After winning the popular network television show, Chef Claudia started a successful private dining business and has also authored a cookbook Claudia's Cocina ‐ A Taste of Mexico.

Charity Ball

Supporting the Trauma Center at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.

Alexandra and Nicholas arrived home one day to a parent’s worst nightmare – a fire truck pulling into their driveway and the family’s nanny cradling the oldest of their triplets. Four-year-old daughter, Tasie, had been struck by a 250-pound wooden statue, and was unconscious.

Jew Fed

Jewish Federations of North America.

Like many of us, Kira Finkenberg watched in horror while hurricane Harvey obliterated Houston. As the wreckage and devastation continued to reveal itself, Kira knew she had to act. Without hesitation, she hopped on a plane and joined 20 of her other National Young Leadership Cabinet friends to assist some of the most impacted and desperate communities. “There was a tremendous amount of work,” Kira shared with Giving Back Magazine. “A lot of water, mold and bad smells, but the trip was worth it; our group was small, but mighty”. This is National Young Leadership Cabinet (NYLC). This is the future.

Extreme Sailing

By: Alexis Maness.

From October 19th through the 22nd, San Diegans will have the opportunity to see sailing as they have never seen it before. The Extreme Sailing Series will be in town for this event that has made its way around the world.
During the competition, the organization will raise money for two San Diego charities; the SEAL Family Foundation which provides support for Naval Special Warfare families as well as Rady Children’s Hospital, contributing vital funding for research and resources. Additionally, Friday the 20th will be a Military Appreciation Day with free admission for two into the VIP tent.

Flavia Flores

Chemotherapy and Beauty.

When the going gets tough, the tough, in this case Flavia Flores, get going. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, Flavia found herself in a dark place that was far from the life she had always known. However, she was able to pick herself back up and make good use of her experience working as a model in Brazil.

Hudson Drake

A True American Innovator.

The life of Hudson Billings Drake has gone above and beyond- above the atmosphere and beyond the speed of sound, to the edge of our planet and to other worlds. Throughout his career he has worked on various projects that have contributed to the incredible innovations we have seen in avionics, the computer systems used in aircrafts, artificial satellites and spacecraft that have landed on the moon.

Jewish Community Foundation

50 Years of Helping Donors Achieve Their Philanthropic Goals.

For the last 50 years, the Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) of San Diego has been a major philanthropic resource helping to match the philanthropic passions of donors with a wide range of grantee recipients in their community and around the world.


A Platform for Hispanic Voices.

Mery Lopez-Gallo has shown an unwavering dedication to the local Hispanic community by highlighting important issues, promoting their well-being and providing a platform for their voices to be heard. As the Community Affairs Empowerment Director at radio stations KLNV Que Buena 106.5, and KLQV 102.9 Mas Variedad, she is proud to utilize her status as an influencer and dual-citizen to accomplish this goal. Her program “De Viva Voz” perfectly exemplifies her passion as she discusses current issues that affect the population on both sides of the border with notable Hispanic leaders. Mery also frequently represents the stations at community invents including the upcoming Guelaguetza at UC San Marcos on October 15th and Día de Los Muertos at La Vista Memorial Park on October 21st.

St Mads

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC).

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) was created in 1966 by the Religious of the Society of the Sacred Heart. It was originally designed for preschool children with developmental disabilities and began with one classroom and eight children. In 1975, the Lanterman Act mandated that the public school system assume responsibility for training children with special needs. Shortly thereafter, SMSC transitioned its services to meet the needs of adults with developmental disabilities. While children with disabilities have access to care and services through the school system, adults are often a forgotten group.


Wells Fargo has a Rich Heritage of Supporting Latino Communities.

By Juan Lopez.

Wells Fargo has a rich heritage of serving Latino communities, and is proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. In fact, when Wells Fargo opened in gold rush California in 1852, the company recognized the need to offer banking and express services in multiple languages. This commitment was practiced throughout the rest of the century, and continues today. Even then, they produced marketing materials and advertisements in Spanish. Ethics aside, it has always been the right business decision.

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