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Del Mar philanthropist strives to make the rewards of giving also creative and innovative

Jim Benedict

Jim Benedict, a Del Mar resident and an active volunteer, created Innovative Giving ( to help individuals better enjoy their philanthropic giving.

Benedict spent his career in marketing and advertising and wanted to combine that experience by bringing creativity to giving. “Not just by writing a check, but creating greater meaning to the gifting,” he said. “Giving is very rewarding in itself, and by implementing some extra steps in creative giving, it can be even more gratifying.”

The Grand Del Mar the place to be for New York transplant

Kenan Simmons

Kenan Simmons – previously a vice president with New York City-based Leading Hotels of the World – is the executive director of sales & marketing at The Grand Del Mar, San Diego’s only Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond resort.

Animation holds a place in the heart of Craig ‘Spike’ Decker

Craig “Spike” Decker

Craig “Spike” Decker is the owner and CEO of Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation

Doctor’s prescription for a good life: Family, friends, health, hard work

Dr. Clifford W. Colwell Jr.

lifford W. Colwell Jr., M.D., is medical director of the Shiley Center for Orthopaedic Research and Education at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, and holds the Donald and Darlene Shiley Chair in Orthopaedic Research.

Edward Dennis takes scholarly approach to long career in science

Edward Dennis

He has authored 350 research publications, patented 15 inventions, and edited 13 books. Dr. Dennis was named an inaugural Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 1984

Jerry Gold honored for work in mental health

Jerry Gold

Jerry Gold, Ph.D. MBA, was named San Diego County’s 2012 Mental Health Person of the Year by the County Mental Health Recognition Team. As administrator of the behavioral health clinical care line for Scripps Health, Dr. Gold oversees behavioral health throughout the system.

Retired attorney has a jazz trio that plays around town

Joe Satz, a retired attorney and a trustee of the Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust, grew up in Brooklyn New York. After obtaining a juris doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School and a master’s in taxation from New York University Law School, he spent 12 years in private practice and was a partner in his law [...]

Carmel Valley director Francine Garton was born ‘to teach and inspire children’

Director Francine Garton, ARAD, AISTD, began dancing at an early age and at the age of 14 won a scholarship to the prestigious Legat Russian Ballet School in southern England. She then continued her training at the Northern Ballet College where she graduated as a dancer and qualified dance teacher gaining honors in her examinations. [...]

Planned Parenthood a passion for Jennifer Dreyer

When Jennifer Dreyer joined the debate team at San Diego State University in 1992 she had no idea that it would lead her to the love of her life — not once, but twice.

Del Mar resident born with entrepreneurial spirit

Alex Shahabe, chairman of PC Housing and president of Signature Furniture, is a natural-born entrepreneur as he has always creatively pursued business development. In Germany, at 14 years old, Shahabe began stringing tennis racquets for his peers, then later tennis clubs. In high school and later in college, he began teaching tennis.



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