swa5The month of June is a very special month for us at Southwest Airlines. This June we celebrate our 40th Anniversary!

Twenty years ago, our 20th Anniversary Issue of LuvLines (Southwest Airlines' Corporate Newsletter) had a beautiful poem on the cover page – "Dare to Dream" by John Turnipseed. This is a very appropriate poem for the People at Southwest Airlines – because we dare to dream! As we showcase the work of Access to Independence, I thought the poem was a special way to introduce them to you – because they too, dare to dream! I hope their work and dreams inspire you to support this wonderful organization.


gtk_vahidVahid Moradi
President of CJ Charles Jewelers shares his key to success in the jewelry industry.

Born in Tehran, Iran Vahid Moradi came to La Jolla at a young age where he attended La Jolla High School and then the University of San Diego. At the age of 19 while still in college, he started working in the jewelry industry. His passion, dedication and commitment for the industry led him to become the respected owner of CJ Charles Jewelers in La Jolla and have made Vahid and his wife Kelly known and loved in the community.

gtk_sotoleoA Voice for Strength

Alejandra Sotelo-Solis is paving the way for Latinas and focused on making a difference in the community.

"I am the oldest of five children from a third generation family here in National City. My family is originally from Mexico and I am proud to say that I am a bilingual, bi-cultural Latina who was brought up in a tight knit family where going to Sunday mass, having menudo or carne asada are a tradition," Alejandra says to Giving Back Magazine.

gtk_francis_parkerGREAT Courses, GREAT Activities... and a GREAT Value!

"Inspiring excellence" in students has shaped the mission of the the fall/winter/spring terms at Parker since 1912 and yet is also integral to Parker's Summer Program and its many related activities.

gtk_camafeoChanging lives one play at a time is the mission of CAMAFEO. Founded in 1979 in Tijuana by a group of women that wanted to give back to the community and demonstrate that not only did Tijuana have art, but that it also possessed a big heart.

Lidia-MartinezThis month, Southwest Airlines salutes all Moms!

I joined Southwest when my daughter Melyna was three years old and my son Teddy was only six months old. They, along with my husband, have volunteered to pass out peanuts during many company-sponsored events. Southwest is in their blood! So much so that Melyna, now 24, decided to join Southwest almost five years ago. She is a proud Customer Service Agent in San Diego!

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.

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