Change Starts Here.

Azareel Canizales is 15 years old and the oldest of four siblings, two of which also attend Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI), and he sets a great example for them. Although Azareel will be the first in his family to go to college, and his family does not have much, he always finds ways to give back to his community. In fact, he is the most involved student they have in the high school program at BLCI. Azareel volunteers often at his church and BLCI where he not only attends his weekly workshops, fieldtrips and tutoring requirements, he is also a Committee Member for the Executive Director’s Leadership Council where he helps design and implement projects to benefit his community, particularly in raising awareness about the importance of higher education as a ticket out of poverty.

Extraordinary Ballroom

Kyle and Stormi Wagley.

In March, Maggie contacted me to take dance lessons and challenged herself by taking lessons in rumba, waltz, east coast swing, cha cha, salsa, and tango simultaneously.

In May, despite being legally blind in one eye, Maggie finished the Tour de Natchez Trace, a four-day, 444 mile bike ride to raise money for REBOOT Combat Recovery which offers a healing process for veterans suffering with PTSD.

Father Joes

Kyle and Stormi Wagley.

Everyone wants to make his or her community a better place to live. However, when facing big challenges such as homelessness, it may seem like nothing can be done. To help individuals get involved in the mission to end homelessness, Father Joe’s Villages is encouraging people to do one simple thing to help all of San Diego shine: Be a “Good Neighbor.”

Home Start

Home Start Heroes.

Do you have a heart for children? Have you ever wanted to be a hero? You can! Become a partner with Home Start today to help strengthen families and protect children.

For over 45 years, Home Start Heroes has fought to protect precious children from abuse. To effectively prevent and treat child abuse, Home Start provides life-changing services such as parenting education, housing, employment case management and mental health services, with a focus on self-sufficiency and resiliency. In fact, over 28,000 low to moderate-income families and children benefit each year from Home Start’s programs!

Make A Wish

San Diego’s Premiere Boutique Wine Event.

Since 1983, Make-A-Wish San Diego has been granting thousands of wishes for children with critical illnesses in San Diego and Imperial Counties. This summer, the organization teamed up with the San Diego Padres to grant its 4,000th wish in our community. Six-year-old Cai had the surprise of a lifetime in front of a packed ballpark when his wish to have a family camping trailer was revealed live on the field. The wish was unveiled by 80 of Cai’s friends, family and medical team who supported him throughout his journey with leukemia.


Connecting Communities.

Manchester Financial Group is proud to celebrate Molly Eldredge as she receives the first Anne Otterson Community Connector Award at Project Concern International’s (PCI) Hands Across Borders gala on November 4, 2017. Molly was chosen to receive the award for her outstanding service to PCI, her dedication to promote philanthropy, and her tireless work to inspire others to serve the community. The Community Connector Award honors the legacy of La Jolla luminary and PCI advocate Anne Otterson, who passed away last year. Anne was a shining example of how inspiring others to do good can change the lives of vulnerable children and families everywhere.


The New Children’s Museum.

The New Children’s Museum downtown is an arts-based children’s museum, focused on early learning through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art. A non-profit institution, the Museum is funded by admissions, memberships and community support. One of the key sources of funding each year is the gala, proceeds of which support the Museum’s creative and innovative programming, as well as help fund access efforts to allow more children to experience the Museum at little to no cost to them.


Hybrid of two cultures.

Like nearly 20 percent of OLP students, Natalia Castellanos Gonzalez ’17 crossed the US-Mexico border every day to attend the Academy of Our Lady of Peace (OLP). A self-proclaimed “hybrid of two cultures,” Natalia, who lives in Tijuana, made sacrifices each and every day to wake up before dawn and travel the 1.5 hour trip to OLP’s campus in the Normal Heights neighborhood of San Diego. Her parents knew in their hearts that with an OLP education, Natalia and her sisters, Daniela ’20 and Maria ’18, would have limitless opportunities upon graduation. “My parents always say that the best thing you can pass down to your children is an education,” Natalia shares with Giving Back Magazine. “They felt strongly that OLP would open doors for my future.”

Pacific Ridge

Rosarito Beach, Mexico.

Pacific Ridge School students know that sports have the ability to transcend language barriers and borders. In July, they spent three days in Rosarito Beach, Mexico, hosting basketball clinics and scrimmages with local children and youth league players. Six players from the Pacific Ridge boys’ varsity basketball team went to Rosarito to teach lessons at youth camps in the area. About 70 Kindergarten aged children lit up when coached by the older students, learning basic skills like dribbling and shooting.

Park Bankers Hill

A New Benchmark.

Sales are heating up at Zephyr’s The Park, Bankers Hill. With the recent sale of its largest penthouse, the building has set a new standard for the real estate market in the community and further validated the demand for ultra-luxurious condos by setting a record for highest priced home sold in Bankers Hill.

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