Soul Food for Friday November 15th 2013: Some amazing things about amazing people in our amazing city to Kick Off the “Giving Season”

Happy Soul Food Friday!


What a week. Feels like a dance with a three headed cobra…

  • Mission Fed is awarded the 2013 Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation Award  from the Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • Our CEO Debra Schwartz wins one of the 2013 Women Who Mean Business Awards on its 20th Anniversary sponsored by the San Diego Business Journal along with an amazing group of women leaders in San Diego
  • We launch our 6th Year of our I’m Thankful for My Teacher campaign for local teachers
  • We successfully host & run a traditional martial arts camp on Mindfulness at UCSD for black belts in our organization from as far away as Oxford England, Toronto Canada, Upstate New York, and Delaware, and as close as La Jolla 

Enjoy details on some of the aforementioned, followed by interesting tidbits about the amazing city that we love- San Diego, as well as, some photos of other beautiful creatures to kick off your weekend!

2013 Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation Award:

Mission Fed was just awarded the 2013 Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation Award! We received this honor from the Association of Fundraising Professions (AFP), San Diego Chapter, who presented eight awards to individuals and organizations. Over 1,000 community, civic and business leaders joined the awards celebration and shared in the great feeling that comes from caring about our community. Mission Fed is the first credit union to win–and we find ourselves in very good company. Some of the impressive past winners include QUALCOMM, San Diego Gas & Electric, Vons, San Diego Chargers, Jack in the Box, Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Cox Communications. What makes this award even more special is that the nomination was written by a group of our community partners:  Junior Achievement of San Diego County; San Diego Zoo and Safari Parks; ArtWalk San Diego; Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego; and Radio San Diego/XX Sports Radio/Walrus FM Radio, that worked with us on a wide variety of events and programs over the years.


The Mission Fed community was represented by (L-R) Neville Billimoria,
Dr. Lupe Holguin-Buell, Debra Schwartz, Ron Araujo and Sherry Special.


The AFP presented awards in eight categories for individuals and organizations.
They include (L-R) front: Steve Eldred, the California Endowment, Outstanding
Philanthropic Organization; Pamela Wygod, Outstanding Philanthropist; Whitney
Southwick, Outstanding Celebrity Volunteer; and Debra Schwartz for Mission Fed,
Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation. Back: Keri Jucha, Outstanding Youth/Student
Volunteer; Joyce Glazer, Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer; Geoffrey Graham,
Outstanding Development Professional; and Susan E. Atkins, Outstanding
Organizational Volunteer.

Please spread the word about our I’m Thankful for My Teacher Campaign!

It is an easy way to pay it forward…

Click here 

San Diego is an Amazing City in More Ways than One!

Did you know these factoids about our city?

Open this!

Beautiful creatures!

See them here

Thanks this week go to all of you who give your time, treasure and talent to make your community better, the amazing Mission Fed team, my fellow karate-ka for modeling life-long learning, Popeh Z and Larry H

Pay it forward, backward and sideways!



Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”- Cicero

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