MEDIA ADVISORY: Luncheon to Honor Philanthropy Contributions of Top San Diego Community Leaders

MEDIA ADVISORY: Luncheon to Honor Philanthropy Contributions of Top San Diego Community Leaders
October, 2014 Client News
What: Nine outstanding community leaders will be recognized on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 at a luncheon to celebrate their service and the 42nd annual National Philanthropy Day (NPD). More than 1,200 San Diegans are expected to attend the luncheon.
NPD is a special day set aside each year to show appreciation for all that has been accomplished in our community. It’s an opportunity to recognize the great contributions – as well as those people and organizations making a difference – that make San Diego a great place to live, work and play.
New to this year’s event is a special video about the power of philanthropy narrated by legendary actor Richard Dreyfuss.
Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, 1 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Between 10:45 a.m. to 12 noon
  • Spanish speaking spokesperson available between 10:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Why should the average San Diegan care about National Philanthropy Day?
  • The nonprofit sector is a vital component of the San Diego community.
  • With government funding continuing to decline, the importance of the work of the nonprofits is an increasingly critical factor to a vibrant economy.
  • Also, the face of philanthropy is changing. Philanthropy is about sharing the gifts of time, talent and treasure. Collectively, these hundreds of thousands of diverse gifts shared generously, each and every day, are what makes our community a better place.
  • National Philanthropy Day San Diego celebrates these gifts from across the county, from people we hear about in the news, as well as from unexpected places – but all demonstrate a commitment to making our region a better place to live, work and play.
  • Each and every one of us, regardless of our “position,” has gifts that others can benefit from. Every little bit that we share, collectively, adds up to a whole lot!
  • In fact, according to Charity Navigator’s 2014 Metro Market Study, America’s Finest City was ranked in the top 10 charitable communities among the 30 of the largest metropolitan markets in the U.S., which indicates that philanthropy is practiced by people from all walks of life.
HOW: More than 110 nominations were submitted for review, and nine were selected.
Honorees include (in the order of presentation):
  • Outstanding Youth Volunteers: Daisy Aguilar and Rosa Olascoaga
  • Outstanding Celebrity Philanthropist: Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien
  • Outstanding Development Professional: Kristin Bertell, MA CFRE
  • Outstanding Organizational Volunteer: Dr. Elizabeth Jones
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Organization: Barney & Barney Foundation
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation: Cymer, LLC
  • Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer: Lori M. Walton
  • Outstanding Philanthropists: Ernest and Evelyn Rady
Interviews & Visuals:
  • More than 1,200 community leaders and fundraising professionals joining together to celebrate philanthropy in San Diego.
  • Nine honorees from all walks of life whose common thread is giving back and making San Diego a better place.
  • To learn more about all of the honorees, please see the full event news release: