The Ultimate Sign of Success is Giving Back

All of us at Giving Back Magazine are grateful for you – because without you, there is no us. As 2019 comes to a close, we would like to give a shout out to some of the philanthropists, nonprofits and businesses that make us proud and honored to represent the best of San Diego.

We work with so many organizations that all help make San Diego and Tijuana a better place! With only 52 weeks in a year, I couldn’t get to them all in my Feel Good Fridays. This year, I had the opportunity to spotlight the following as part of my Feel Good Fridays- but I am grateful that in 2020, I have the opportunity to spotlight 52 more!

10 Things For Which We Are Grateful


#1 We are grateful for the arts:
Kathryn Kanjo & Museum Contemporary Art San Diego
Cami Rosso & New Childrens Museum
Arlene Esgate & Patrons of the Prado
Ramin Pourteymour & San Diego Air & Space Museum
Ethan Van Thillo & San Diego Latino Film Festival
Dave Snyder & Symphony at Salk


#2 We are grateful for programs that support children:
Matt Frazier and Boys & Girls Clubs
Gerald Ramirez & Children’s Nature Retreat
Jen Nation & Olivewood Garden and Learning Center
Luke Walton & San Diego Crew Classic


#3 We are grateful for nonprofits who empower people with developmental disabilities:
Mark Klaus & Home of Guiding Hands
Dee Ammon & St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center


#4 We are grateful for the power of education:
Ann Navarra & The Academy of Our Lady of Peace
Robin Layton & Educational Enrichment System
Monarch School student, Michelle
Kim Alessio & University of San Diego


#5 We are grateful for our freedom and safety:
Kristi Pieper & San Diego Police Foundation
Nicole & Brent Gleeson and SEAL Family Foundation
Reena Horowitz & USO San Diego


#6 We are grateful for our furry friends:
Cini Robb & FACE Foundation
Freedom Dogs
Portia Metras and Jim Hooker & Helen Woodward Animal Center
Rolf Benirschke & San Diego Zoo Global


#7 We are grateful for nonprofit health care services:
Tracy Sekhon & Autism Resource and Treatment Center
Adama Dyoniziak & Champions for Health
David Winkler & Diabetes Research Connection
Cindy Marten & Go Red For Women
Tiffany Scarborough and Terry Beck & Make-A-Wish
Sean Daneshmand & Miracle Babies
Mary Drake & Ronald McDonald House
Ana Melgoza & San Ysidro Health
Erin Miserlis & SurfAid


#8 We are grateful for private social service providers:
Mary Jean Anderson
Mario X Sierra & the Chicano Federation
Vince Hall & Feeding San Diego
Cameron Clarke & Home Start
Marie Raftery & Jewish Family Services
Seth Krosner & Jewish Federation
Stephanie Kilkenny & Lucky Duck Foundation
Papa Doug Manchester
Lidia Martinez & MAAC
Tim Callan & PEERS
Sandra Maas & Salvation Army
James Floros & San Diego Food Bank
Diane Mueller & South Bay Community Services
Joshua Muse & Sycuan Casino
Nancy Sasaki & United Way


#9 We are grateful for people who use their voice to help those who aren’t able to speak for themselves:
Diane Archambault & Just in Time for Foster Youth
Raegan Prior & Promises2Kids
Patricia Brutten & Voices for Children
Mary Alice Brady & Walden Family Services


#10 We are grateful to live in a community that provides opportunity, hope and purpose by giving back to others. Thank you for making so many dreams come true in 2019 and being the change we wish to see in the world.

All the best for a wonderful 2020!

Lori Walton and the entire team at GB Magazine!