Elizabeth Kaufman Leroux is a former tennis student that I had the privilege to coach while she was competing on the professional tennis tour. She is a great example of how the discipline and drive that tennis teaches you can be applied to every aspect of your life. Now a doctor, wife and amazing mother, here is her inspiring story.


Transforming Young Lives Through Science.

Southwest Airlines is committed to making our communities stronger. We believe that our people are our most powerful fuel and we continue to find ways to make a difference in the lives of those living in the cities we serve. That is why Southwest Airlines is pleased to partner with Ocean Discovery Institute, who also believes in the power of people – young people to be exact.


Giving the gift of education to Barrio Logan College Institute.

The first annual Learning & Lipstick event for education equity was a tremendous success. Held at the Katherine Cosmetics flagship store in Flower Hill Promenade, event attendees enjoyed makeovers, music and mini-lessons in math and grammar. Sponsored by two San Diego based companies, Winward Academy and Katherine Cosmetics, the fundraising event benefited Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) and its renowned education programs.

Center For Better Beginnings

Nine Months Matter Coalition.

That is the message that a newly formed Coalition is sending to San Diego. The message is that no amount of alcohol during pregnancy is safe for a developing baby. The Nine Months Matter Coalition held its first formal meeting on in early January 2018.

Champions For Health

Physicians Improving Health Changing Lives.

Approximately 170,000 of our neighbors in San Diego County are uninsured. Champions for Health’s (formerly known as the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation) flagship program Project Access San Diego (PASD) is the safety net for those without healthcare services. Because of their close connection with the physician community, Champions for Health is able to navigate and coordinate care that gets low-income, uninsured men and women back to health, back to work and caring for their families, and back to being contributing member of our community.


Helping Neighbors in Need.

Deacon Jim Vargas grew up in the South Bronx neighborhood of New York City and it was his beginnings that paved the way for his eventual position as President and CEO of Father Joe’s Villages. According to Deacon Jim, growing up in the Bronx allowed him to “recognize that there is potential in everyone no matter your circumstances. While there may not be a lot of means in your childhood, the reality is, that in this great country of ours, we have the opportunity to position ourselves so we can make a difference in the lives of others.”

Hotel Del

The Hotel del Coronado.

The Hotel del Coronado is an icon within the San Diego community; from beloved holiday traditions and weekend brunches to the perfect getaway. This year marks an important milestone for this historic and storied hotel as it celebrates its 130th anniversary.

Humble Design

Humble Design.

There is good news on the horizon for homeless families and veterans in San Diego. Humble Design is coming to town. Humble Design has been furnishing homes for the recently homeless with donated furnishings and home goods since 2009. Founded in Detroit by San Diego native Treger Strasberg and her husband Rob, the organization has helped over 5,000 individuals succeed after leaving a homeless or abuse shelter. According to HUD’s national statistics almost 50% of individuals leaving a shelter will return in within 1 year. With Humble Design’s help, that number reduces to a staggering 1%. Why such amazing results?

Just In Time

Just in Time for Foster Youth.

The Scripps family, together with Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, Just in Time for Foster Youth, and Humble Design, have created a unique collaboration to address the growing issue of homelessness in San Diego County. Over 500 items of household furniture and accessories donated by the Scripps family were sold at an estate warehouse sale in January in Escondido to benefit foster youth and homeless families.

Miracle Babies

Miracle Babies.

Every year more than 500,000 babies are born prematurely. As overwhelmed families struggle with the terrifying uncertainties, they often find themselves faced with unexpected financial difficulties. Miracle Babies has united families with their sick newborns through financial assistance and supportive services and helped to reduce pregnancy complications through prevention, education and research. They also provide support to families with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Since January 2017, 550 families have received direct financial assistance, and 1,800 care packages have been delivered to 15 hospitals.

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