With 3.2 million members and 50 million alumnae, Girl Scouts has shaped the lives of 80% of America's female senior executives and business owners, two-thirds of women in Congress and virtually every female astronaut.
The story of the Friends of Scott Foundation starts with a teenager named Scott. After Scott died of leukemia in 2001, his friends longed to keep his legacy of friendship alive. Sitting around his mother's living room, Scott's friends reminisced about how much Scott looked forward to their visits to the hospital, and decided they would help other children battling cancer in Scott's honor. Within months, The Friends of Scott Foundation (FSF) was born.
Since 1912, Francis Parker School has educated many San Diegans and will continue to do so well into the next century through support from its community. Among the members of the "Parker family" are Parker grandparents, a group especially committed to creating and sustaining an educational legacy. Through generous gifts of time, treasure and talent, they support the School's mission of providing a superior college preparatory education in a diverse, family-oriented environment that meets the academic, social, creative, emotional and physical needs of the individual student.
Dedicated to the improvement of the community are the committee members of Fundacion Luz among them, the representatives Gabriela Ortiz, Ita Hirales de Vaca, Margarita Camarena and Yolian Torres whose goal it is to raise funds for the project Cuidad de Luz. Cuidad de Luz is a home for orphan adolescents who at a young age were kicked out of their homes without knowing the tools to survive.
Franchesca Gonzales Otáñez is ambitious, talented and passionate and has used her attributes to launch her successful San Diego Dance Academy. Born 31 years ago in San Diego, her mother instilled in her from a young age to study ballet, tap, and jazz motivating her later obtain a BA in Dance Education at San Diego State University.
Linda Brandes, patron of the Encinitas-based Lux Art Institute and vice president of the Board of Directors, will be honored with the LUXIE award at the 7th Annual Lux After Dark Fundraising Gala in October at Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe. Recognized for her generosity to the arts, education and to the Institute, Linda will be joining the ranks of other longtime San Diego arts advocates such as Joanne Warren, Paul Robinson and County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, all past recipients of the LUXIE.
“Chicana, Latina, Mexicana, Americana. We place labels on "what we are" but I see those labels as a "way in which to live our lives". I embody the belief that my actions, education and relationships are for the greater good of my community while embracing the similarities and differences we have with others. My familial roots in Mexico & the US are strong and allow me the opportunity to be part of the democratic process and encourage others like me (woman of color, first generation college student, first time home owner) to succeed. As a bilingual National City Councilmember, I know that when I fight to remove polluters, provide affordable housing and create healthy neighborhoods; it is not only for present generations but for many generations to come. That's what it means to be Chicana, Latina, Mexicana, and Americana.” Alejandra Sotelo Soli