Hard work, dedication to our community, prestigious partners and the support of readers like you have made Giving Back Magazine the most loved and sought after publication in the region. Here is a brief look back at some highlights from our first ten years!
A nationwide search for a new executive director guided Pacific Arts Movement (Pac Arts), presenter of the annual San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF), a little closer to home than they thought. In September, Pac Arts welcomed past volunteer and board member Kent Lee into the executive director role taking over for Pac Arts Founder Lee Ann Kim. Prior to Pac Arts, Kent served as the Director of Development and Marketing for the Boy Scouts of America, San Diego-Imperial Council.
Like many typical American families, Sylvia and Neil had good jobs, two daughters, three cars and regularly went on vacation. All of that changed when Neil lost his job and then hurt his knee without insurance. Sylvia also lost her job. Soon after, they lost it all – their house, their cars – everything. “We just hold hands and cry on the inside because we cannot break down in front of our kids. We tell each other it’s going to be okay,” shared Sylvia.
For years, San Diego has been seen as a city split between the prospering neighborhoods north of Interstate 8 and the southern neighborhoods that had been left behind. But Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer, First Lady Katherine Stuart Faulconer, and community leaders created One San Diego to bridge that gap.
Westfield UTC, San Diego’s iconic, open-air shopping and entertainment destination, begins its holiday season on December 3rd with Winter Nights. Winter Nights is a festive evening of live musical performances, snow cascading from the rooftops, family photo fun with live Toy Soldiers on stilts, the opportunity to meet Santa, delicious bites and sips, and much more. Guests can come early to enjoy a holiday classic matinee at ArcLight Cinemas, or open skate at UTC Ice. Winter Nights is family-friendly and free - taking place every Saturday in December up through Christmas Eve from 5 to 8 pm in Palm Plaza near the central fountain.
Alexandra Borbolla is an equestrian athlete, a great photographer, Counselor, and if it wasn't enough, she is also an amazing mother and wife. Borbolla shares with us how to stay physically, mentally healthy, and how to achieve balance without feeling guilty. As a mother, I think we can all learn from her and apply some of her wisdom and knowledge to our own lives.
We never forget the humble beginnings at Southwest Airlines when we served only three cities and sold a plane just to cover costs. Southwest understands it sometimes takes a while to get off the ground, so we support the Warrior Spirit of local entrepreneurs the best way we can – by maintaining low-fares and expanding our route map to the places Customers, and their businesses, need and want to fly. Locally, we are proud to support the South County Economic Development Council for their efforts in enhancing South County's bi-national economy, image and quality of life; and to heighten public awareness of Southern California's most desirable location to live, work and dream. Some may tell you the sky’s the limit, but we believe that for the entrepreneurs, small business owners and artisans, it’s just the beginning!