Committed to making a meaningful and enduring impact
San Diego is a diverse, cosmopolitan, multi-cultural city known for its biotech industry, pristine beaches and an admirable philanthropic society. However, among the many opportunities for work, and charity, what is it that our community leaders have in common? Words like dedication, leadership, fortitude and service often come to mind. These qualities are driving highly respected community leaders Frank Urtasun, regional vice president of external relations for SDG&E and Mark Guglielmo, vice president of ballpark operations for the San Diego Padres.
"Race to Raise": On Your Marks...Get Set...Go!
The University Club, San Diego's private business and social club, revs up its community philanthropic efforts through the annual 'Race to Raise' program.
The University Club Atop Symphony Towers kicked off its second annual 'Race to Raise' fundraising program last month to support the great work of local San Diego nonprofits. This 'Race to Raise' program was inspired by the University Club's Giving Group, a 'Club within the Club' formed with a mission to facilitate University Club Member/community involvement in local non-profit organizations through awareness, contributions and volunteering. This spring the University Club continues to support local nonprofits in their efforts to raise funds for their respective organizations by extending the tools and value-added opportunities that the 100-year-old Club has to provide. The 'Race to Raise' funds is now in motion!
The Timken Museum of Art, located in Balboa Park and known as one of the finest small museums in the world, is open Tuesday through Sundays with complimentary admission. The museum is the permanent home of the Putnam Foundation's world-class collection of European and American art and Russian icons. Masterworks in the collection span 700 years of history and range from 14th century altarpieces through 18th century portraits and landscapes to 19th century still lifes. The works of Italian, Dutch, Flemish, French and American painters are represented, including those of Veronese, Guercino, Petrus Christus, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Jacques-Louis David and John Singleton Copley. The collection also includes the only Rembrandt painting on public display in the area.
Celebrating 100 years and beyond of Music Excellence
On December 6, 1910 The San Diego Symphony performed its first concert and in the over 101 years since its inception, it has become one of the leading orchestras in the United States. Recently designated a Tier 1 Orchestra by the League of American Orchestras, the Symphony is committed to providing musical experiences of superior quality for the greater San Diego community and beyond. Through a rich mixture of innovative and educational programming designed to appeal to all ages and cultures, the Symphony makes music an integral part of the cultural and intellectual fabric of Southern California.
Founded in 1969, Center for Community Solutions has been assisting tens of thousands of women, men and children affected by sexual assault, domestic violence and elder abuse each year. CCS operates the only Rape Crisis Center in San Diego along with a 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline and provides two 24-hour emergency shelter and transitional housing programs. Education is a key objective for CCS. They host various prevention programs and work in close partnership with local community groups and schools to reinforce healthy relationships, violence prevention and family advocacy. Annual events increase public awareness and help raising funds to support the diverse prevention and intervention services.
Fashion That Heals
Does fashion heal? Those who have indulged in retail therapy know it certainly can cheer the spirits. On July 19, fashion is poised to make a difference when Tri-City Hospital Foundation hosts "Fashion That Heals" with Saks Fifth Avenue of South Coast Plaza at the Mercury Insurance Women's Tennis Open at La Costa Resort and Spa. The event will raise spirits for attendees and funds for Tri-City Medical Center's women's health programs. Since its creation, the Foundation has been a link between the community and the hospital having raised over $43 million.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), the nation’s leading Hispanic leadership development and educational services organization, held its bi-annual Strategic Planning Weekend in San Diego. “CHCI is extremely proud to be in such a great city to host our Strategic Planning Weekend,” said Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO. “I want to thank Exxon Mobil, Southwest Airlines, Hewlett Packard, and all of CHCI’s partners for their investment in Latino leaders and helping to make this weekend possible. I also want to recognize Lidia Martinez of Southwest Airlines for her efforts to make the weekend such a huge success.”
Community honors come frequently to Dean and Susie Spanos with long-standing tradition of community service and support established by the Spanos family through the San Diego Chargers. Their heartfelt commitment to San Diego has played a key role helping various non-profit organizations. The Spanos family is recognized as one of pro football's most philanthropic families and one of Southern California's most active and caring contributors. "We are fortunate to be in a position to help people and organizations that need and deserve our support. Our family is proud to be a part of the San Diego community," Dean and Susie told Giving Back Magazine during our recent interview at their beautiful home in La Jolla.
When his Mom brought Scott, age 13, to the San Diego Center for Children, a staff person asked, “How will you know if your child’s stay in our residential treatment program is a success?” Between tears of overwhelming sadness she answered, “When Scott has his belly laugh back.”
In México up until recently, dermatology was traditionally dominated by men, but in recent years a new generation of motivated and intelligent women have begun to study in this field of medicine. This new generation is exemplified by Board Certified Dr. Priscilla Ibarra who combines intelligence with dedication. From a young age, Priscilla knew she wanted to be a dermatologist just like her father, Dr. Jorge Alberto Ibarra.