divasIt is a scene acted out every night on the San Diego Opera stage; the final note of the opera floats through the air as the curtain comes down and the crowd erupts to their feet. While the stars of San Diego Opera experience these accolades nightly, there is another group of unsung heroes who are responsible for bringing world class opera to America's Finest City.

bill waltonWilliam Theodore Walton, III was born in San Diego, California and throughout his career as a professional basketball player has been recognized as one of the top players in the history of the sport. More recently, Bill has made great contributions here in his hometown, most notably becoming a member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Symphony and using his celebrity to bring attention to their musical and educational programs.

sdccSouthwest Airlines has always been devoted to each and every community that we serve. Our Employees, Customers and neighbors make the Southwest Family the LUVing place that it is. Thousands of times each year, Southwest Airlines and its Employees reach out to individuals, families and entire communities providing help where it is needed. Most donations are invisible–except to the people they affect.

bill waltonIndependence is an innate human need – one that we may take for granted. Imagine the ramifications of becoming a quadriplegic, visually impaired, mentally impaired or otherwise disabled. Where would you go for assistance? How would you transition back into society? More than 190,000 of your fellow San Diegans face these challenges.


"The Jeff & Jer Showgram" is back on the air at their new home, KYXY 96.5 FM.

"Jeff & Jer" have been waking up San Diegans since 1988 and their distinctive San Diego program was last heard in 2009. "They wanted some of us back but not the entire family", Jerry tells Giving Back Magazine. "The five of us; Jeff, Jerry, Producer Tommy Sablan, Laura Cain and Randy Hoag have been together forever, so it was all of us or none of us." Discussions to bring the show back to the air began with CBS in October and The Showgram premiered on January 24 to the delight and relief of San Diegan's who had missed their longtime on-air friends.

the-jewels-of-san-diegoThe Arc of San Diego is the largest, most comprehensive service provider for people with disabilities in San Diego County. It serves over 2,500 children and adults with disabilities such as mental retardation, autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome each year.

For the past 60 years The Arc has been offering a wide range of services including early instruction for infants and toddlers, adult day programs, residential care, independent living skills training, vocational training and employment placement programs.

Mariana-Postlethwaite"I knew what I wanted to do since I was twelve years old, I had it in me since I passionately moved the Barbie and Ken doll house furniture, seriously....I believe passion is what makes the world turn and people conquer their fears and fulfill their dreams," Mariana smiles telling GB.


It has been almost 28 years since Ralph Rubio opened his first restaurant in Mission Bay. He remembers the early days well, and fondly. From the time he spent sleeping in the back of the restaurant trying to rest before the next crush of customers, to the day the building almost burned down, he never forgets his beginnings.


Lissé Xpress planchado y secado es un concepto creado en una simple idea "No Cuts, No Colors; Just Blowouts"- no cortamos, no teñimos solamente peinamos. La mayoría de nosotras nos vemos mejor cuando una estilista talentosa nos seca o nos arregla nuestro cabello. La razón es que por el talento, el enfoque y la experiencia del estilista simplemente queda perfectamente bien el pelo. Y porque tener que gastar en un salón tradicional por quedar y sentirnos bien es de donde nació la idea de Lissé Xpress. Belleza total con un costo accesible.


It is always exciting to kick off a new year, but that is especially so this time around, as 2011 marks our 40th anniversary of giving Americans the Freedom to Fly. I join my colleagues at Southwest Airlines in the excitement of what lies ahead for our great Company. We're going to rock it this year!

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