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
No one can deny that Tim Gunn has refined style for both men and women through his Bravo television show Project Runway and as a bestselling author. Tim began his career serving as a Chair for Parsons School of Design in New York; after which he joined Liz Claiborne Inc. as Chief Creative Officer. The now 57 year old serves as a mentor on the six time Emmy-nominated Project Runway where he offers fashion advice and a voice of reason to the contestants who compete to create the best designs in a short amount of time. His passion for fashion and mentoring has taken Tim to write A Guide to Quality, Taste, and Style and Gunn's Golden Rule.
"Let others play at other things. The king of games is still the game of kings."
It seems that polo is all the rage this summer and that wherever you go, people are talking about it! It's been described as the most elite and chic activity for 2011 and countless media sources have credited it for bringing the British royal couple to California. And while many are just discovering the magic of polo, the sport's history is long and rich; dating back to Ancient Persia, where it was the official pastime of kings, emperors and shahs. So, if all this talk of pageantry and royals has piqued your senses and left you wondering what all the excitement is about, then you're in luck; there is a thriving polo club right here in San Diego.
San Diego is proud to be home for one of the world's top health and humanitarian organizations, PCI. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, PCI has served millions of people in 25 countries, specializing in creating self-sufficiency and lasting change in poverty-stricken communities. In 2010, PCI was one of the few San Diego organizations that could boast more than 25% growth, with an operating budget over $35 million and a staff of 600 employees worldwide. It has recently won high-profile grants from the Gates Foundation, Qualcomm and Starbucks.
The Chula Vista Challenge Triathlon, the most scenic and challenging Olympic distance triathlon in San Diego, is taking place on Sunday October 16th. The event promotes the sport of triathlon, provides a positive environment for participants to challenge themselves mentally and physically, and highlights the community of Chula Vista. Many participants and spectators who were unfamiliar with Chula Vista will now have the opportunity to see all that the city has to offer. Also, a portion of the proceeds will benefit several local charities.