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Since 1982, Southwest Airlines has provided affordable air travel and amazing customer service to the San Diego community. But we are more than an airline. Since our humble beginnings more than 40 years ago as a regional carrier serving three Texas cities, we have been committed to giving back to the communities where our Employees and Customers live and work. We are proud to support the people and organizations in San Diego like Classy, and others that are dedicated to improving educational outcomes of our students and fighting poverty. We invite you to learn how Classy has enabled millions of people across individual campaigns to help fund thousands of non-profit organizations.
While Sycuan Casino makes it their mission to contribute to the community all year, there is no time like the holidays to give back and they place a special emphasis on making an impact during the holiday season. Despite their commitment to steady year-round giving, the team at Sycuan Casino understands that there is a greater need during this time of year. While this can be said for many local organizations, one of the most defining qualities of Sycuan’s philanthropic efforts is the diversity of organizations and communities that they choose to work with.
This season we have much to be thankful for. We pledge to continue to make a positive impact and difference to help shape the city we love and community we call home. Geniya and I pray that families and friends of all faiths will find this a time of shared happiness and cherished memories.
In November, as we come to the end of the year with holidays quickly approaching, we look back on the year and appreciate all that we have been blessed with and for all that lies ahead. We celebrate gratitude this month and share with you thoughts from leaders in our San Diego community who practice the art every day.
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.