Women Of Dedication

2023 wod chairs lynne doyle and julie cowan novak with sawa president dee ammon

Twelve “Hearts of Gold” to be Honored

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary (SAWA) will celebrate “Hearts of Gold, Women who Inspire,” the theme of its 57th Anniversary Women of Dedication (WOD) luncheon, presentation and fundraiser on Friday, April 21, 2023, at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. The event honors a dozen extraordinary women – a dynamic and diverse group from throughout San Diego County – for their dedication to our community through volunteerism and service.

“We are so excited to celebrate these amazing women who have worked tirelessly to help those in need,” Dee Ammon, Auxiliary President, shared with GB Magazine. “Volunteering for so many causes, they have shown their commitment and compassion to making the community a better place.”
The honorees include Kimberly Alessio, Stephanie Brown, June Chocheles, Martha Dennis, Cindy Goodman, Janice Kurth, Linda LeGerrette, Sara Wilenski Napoli, Suzanne Newman, Michele Prescott, Maria Provencher and Vivian Crawford Tuck.

Event co-chairs are Lynne Doyle and Julie Cowan Novak. Honorary chairs are Dorothea Laub, TK and Ellen Bryson known for their business achievements and philanthropic commitments to The Salvation Army and many other organizations.
The event begins with registration and shopping at 10 boutiques offering jewelry, clothing, accessories, gift items and more, with 25% of proceeds donated to the Salvation Army. A luncheon and presentation followed with musical performances by MacKenzie Cartmill and The San Diego Master Chorale. Bryan Verhoye has created music and lyrics especially for the honorees, always a highlight of the event. Those who have been helped by The Salvation Army will also be featured.
Women of Dedication is the signature fundraiser of The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary. Founded in the 1950s, the auxiliary supports The Salvation Army’s social service programs through fundraising, donations, and hands-on volunteer efforts, helping those in crisis to heal, to develop emotionally and spiritually, and to learn new skills which promote self-sufficiency and transform lives for the better.
The Salvation Army has faced ever greater challenges, stepping up with the help of generous donors, dedicated staff, and volunteers to provide services and support for those in need. Emergency food and shelter, residential addiction recovery services, senior nutrition and support, rental assistance and affordable childcare are just some of the services available to families seeking help. The Salvation Army’s programs are primarily supported through contributions from individuals, businesses, and family foundations, with 82% of every dollar raised going directly to the local programs.
Please join The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary on April 21st as it honors twelve “Hearts of Gold” while raising funds to support our most vulnerable citizens.

Top row June Chocheles, Janice Kurth, Cindy Goodman, Michele Prescott, Maria Provencher, Linda LeGerrette, Martha Dennis and Sara Napoli. Seated Kimberley Alessio, Stephanie Brown, Vivian Tuck and Suzanne Newman.

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Esteban Villanueva