Ten years ago, we set forth to launch our publication: Giving Back Magazine. It was new territory as no one had ever published a bi-national magazine in two languages! We were wonderfully surprised to be welcomed by the community on both sides of the border. Over the years, we have shared stories of the people that are making our region better, and how together we are making a difference.
Krystal Salas has high hopes for her future. She is only a senior in high school, and will be the first in her family to go to college, but she knows, through STEM internships and workshops at Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI), that the biotech industry in San Diego needs more qualified workers, especially women and minorities. She is looking to answer that call by becoming an aerospace engineer. In fact, she has been working on it since the third grade as a student at BLCI. Specifically, this past summer she interned at HP where she experimented with technological products that sparked her curiosity even further.
Brunch is a favorite past-time for almost any San Diegan. With the beautiful weather, breathtaking views in nearly every part of the county whether it be the city or the near the coast, and culinary specialties of all varieties, it is no surprise that that is how many like to spend our weekend mornings. Nothing says San Diego like a brunch on the bay. This special opportunity is the Classic Brunch by the Bay presented by the San Diego Crew Classic on March 25, 2018. The fun affair is an annual fundraiser held in support of the San Diego Crew Classic. Now in its 45th year, the Crew Classic is one of the largest rowing regattas in the world. With a rich rowing history, San Diego is a great host to this competitive and riveting event which brings out droves of locals, competitors and tourists each year. This year, it is expected to welcome 4,000 athletes from 14 to 80 years of age representing over a hundred crew teams from across the country as well as Canada and Mexico.
2017 has been an especially important year for Father Joe’s Villages. Under the leadership of President & CEO, Deacon Jim Vargas and Board Chairs Ed Witt and Joe Ergastolo, Father Joe’s Villages staff, volunteers and donors have worked together to enact effective solutions to homelessness in San Diego.
JAB Boxing Club is South Bay’s newest and most exciting fitness facility that allows members to maintain their physical health while also empowering themselves. The gym, owned by Frank Carrillo, opened this September and is managed and operated by Christina Suggett and Andrew Wooters. JAB offers two challenging but rewarding programs, Group Cross Box Fitness for boxers of all levels and Youth Boxing for those ages 7 to 17, providing everyone with an opportunity to take advantage of the benefits of boxing such as decreased stress and improved coordination. Their memberships provide great value including access to any group class or open gym time as well as training with experienced individuals, even some professional athletes. Recently, Floyd Mayweather Sr. came to the gym to train, spar and meet the youth involved in the gym’s youth boxing programs!
At The New Children’s Museum, there is always something “new” to experience, and 2018 will be no exception. The arts-based children’s museum is celebrating its rich 35-year history in San Diego and its 10th year as The New Children’s Museum downtown.
Fashion icon and pioneer Dame Zandra Rhodes thrust the fashion world forward with her punk ethos and redefinition of the rules. She is a world treasure and she sits on the San Diego Opera Board of Directors where she has helped steer the Company through its own dramatic redefinition. A vanguard of the wave of British designers who put London at the forefront of the international fashion scene, Zandra designed for Princes Diana, Jackie Kennedy, Diana Ross, Freddie Mercury and Elizabeth Taylor. Always expanding her horizons, she began to design for opera – notably costumes for The Magic Flute, and sets and costumes for The Pearl Fishers – for San Diego Opera. And the world took notice. She later designed Aida which, like her other opera productions, have been seen around the world, dazzling audiences with her signature style. The Chatham, Kent, native is founder of the Fashion and Textile Museum in London. Zandra, who is also a gourmet cook, splits her time between London and Del Mar.
It was 24 years ago that Susan Deranian first graced St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center’s (SMSC) campus as a student. Susan was 43 years young then, and like her peers, she has thrived and evolved in a rich, nurturing environment they proudly call life at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center. Susan’s cousin Paul called it “giving Susan purpose.”