September Newsletter

Dear JA Supporters, 

As we move into fall, we hope you have your calendar marked for our biggest and most important fundraiser of the year.  Please join us for an elegant evening as we induct the next class of Lifetime Laureates at Junior Achievement’s 29th Annual San Diego Business Hall of Fame Gala on Thursday, November 2.  This inspiring evening, held at the stunning Fairmont Grand Del Mar, celebrates remarkable business and philanthropic leaders for their legacy of service in the community and lasting impact on San Diego’s youth.  Please join me in celebrating this year’s Hall of Fame Laureates:

Attorney Janice P. Brown, Founding Partner of Brown Law Group and Founder, Beyond Law

Wendy Gillespie, President & CEO, Frontier Trading Inc. / Starhawk Productions, Capdevilla Gillespie Foundation

Jack McGrory, CEO, La Jolla MJ Management, LLC

Lori & Bill Walton

Through this evening of celebration and giving, you will ensure children in San Diego will experience Junior Achievement’s life changing financial literacy programs.  A special thanks to our presenting sponsor, The Jack in the Box Foundation, for bringing the signature event to life.  

Be a part of this unforgettable evening as we work together to inspire and prepare the next generation of San Diego’s leaders.  For tickets or information, please contact Tara Michener at (619) 906-4902.

See you at the Gala,

Marla Black, President and CEO, Junior Achievement of San Diego County


5th Annual JA Golf Classic: “A Huge Success”

In case you missed it, the headline in San Diego Magazine this month is “Junior Achievement’s 5th Annual Golf Classic: A Huge Success" and we couldn’t agree more!!

With the support of our golfers and sponsors, the event raised more than $170,000 to support JA’s mission to impact nearly 81,500 students this year by teaching them how to get a job, start a business and manage their money.                                       

Presented by San Diego Fluid System Technologies, 103 golfers enjoyed 18 holes at the scenic Grand Golf Club on Friday, September 8th.   

“It continues to get better every year,” said President and CEO, Mike Schleyhahn of San Diego Fluid System Technologies, who started the tournament five years ago.   “This event has become one of the most significant fundraisers for JA and I am proud the tournament will give 3,500 students access to JA’s life-changing financial literacy programs this school year.” 

Cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and awards program was held on the breathtaking Aria Lawn at The Fairmont Grand Del Mar.  JA's 2015 Lifetime Laureate, Rolf Benirschke served as the guest speaker.  The NFL Hall of Famer interviewed the JA Student Ambassadors, who shared they are ready for the "real-world" thanks to JA's programs.   

Companies who supported the fundraising event with top sponsorships include: San Diego Fluid System Technologies, The B.E.S.T CEO Group, Dowling & Yahnke, EVOTEK, and Perfect Bar.


Marla Black Honored as a Nonprofit Leader

Each year San Diego Magazine and the East County Chamber of Commerce, shine a spotlight on women executives, entrepreneurs, and leaders, who have made a significant contribution in our community.  These innovative women are pioneers in their fields, serve as role models for our youth, and inspire others to follow in their footsteps. 

For these reasons, we are extremely proud to announce, our very own, Marla Black received top honors at both prestigious events.  Joining 182 dynamic women, Marla was one of the nominees at San Diego Magazine's 2017 Celebrating Women event on Tuesday, September 26.   The event honored women in five categories: Industry Leader, Nonprofit Visionary, Rising Star, Military Service, and Woman of the Year.   Marla won the “Nonprofit Visionary award for impacting a record breaking 80,344 of which more than 55 percent were from low to moderate income families, reflecting JA’s priority on removing barriers to student achievement.

Marla also received the “2017 WILL Award” at the East County Chamber “Women In Leadership” Luncheon on Friday, September 22.  The event celebrated 83 nominees, who have made a difference in San Diego County.  With this new award, Marla joins previous honorees to include Gaslamp Quarter entrepreneur Ingrid Croce; District Attorney, Bonnie Dumanis; prominent San Diego businesswoman, Patti Roscoe; former CEO of Girl Scouts San Diego, Jo Dee Jacob; and San Diego’s former First Lady, Rana Sampson.

Congratulations to Marla and all the remarkable women nominated!  We salute you!


Coronado Junior Woman’s Club hosts “A Taste of Coronado” to Benefit JA

The Coronado Junior Woman’s Club is hosting their 8th annual, A Taste of Coronado, fundraiser on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 from 5 to 9 p.m.  This is your chance to visit 30 participating restaurants and businesses around the town, while supporting JA’s mission to prepare and inspire students to succeed in the real world.   Tickets are on sale now. It is advised that you purchase tickets in advance as the event often sells out. Tickets are available online at ATasteofCoronado.com.


In the News:

2017 Hall of Fame Laureates and Marla Black score the front cover of Giving Back Magazine

5th Annual JA Golf Classic featured in San Diego Magazine

Coronado Junior Woman’s Club Host “A Taste Of Coronado” Fundraiser to Support JA highlighted in Coronado Times

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