Del Mar resident to be honored at Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary 2014 ‘Women of Dedication’ event

By Susan DeMaggio

Del Mar resident Carol Katz is among The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary 2014 “Women of Dedication,” selected for their outstanding service work in the community. The honorees were introduced Nov. 7 at a Presentation Tea hosted by member Terry Cooper at her La Jolla home.

Katz will join other area humanitarians to be feted at the 49th annual Women of Dedication luncheon and fundraiser, Tuesday, April 9, at the San Diego Sheraton Hotel & Marina.

The Women of Dedication (WoD) were chosen by an anonymous selection committee comprised of five previous WoD, who met to review the nominations submitted by other past WoD recipients.

Among the many programs supported by The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary are The Door of Hope (for pregnant teens), The Haven (a therapeutic group home for foster care teens who are parenting), Transitional Living Center (for homeless mothers and children), Adult Rehabilitation Center Women’s Residence, and Betty’s House, a residential program for victims of human trafficking.

For more information about joining or supporting the Women’s Auxiliary, visit or call Pamela Lennen at (619) 446-0273.

About Carol Katz:

A loving theme that runs through the volunteer life of Carol Katz is children.

Katz is a strong, devoted and highly trained advocate for our most tender citizens. Katz served as a Co-Op Preschool president and a Girl Scout leader. She was president of the Rady’s Children’s Hospital’s Del Mar Auxiliary, where she chaired creative events as well as being education chair and in-hospital representative. Katz has been instrumental on the Rady’s Children’s Hospital Board, chairing Leadership and Strategic Planning, and serving on countless committees, including Carly’s Garden and the Charity Ball.

Katz is dedicated to the full development of children and youth at the junior high and high school levels by serving on the Earl Warren Jr. High PTA board and chairing two galas for San Dieguito Academy. At Torrey Pines High School, Katz served as president of Student Assistance Services and founded a forum called “It Takes a Family.” One of her proudest accomplishments is creating a DUI event called “Every 15 Minutes,” working closely with the San Diego Police, the Fire Department and Scripps Trauma Unit. “Every 15 Minutes” is a powerful program that plays out the dangers of drinking and driving with sobering reality by simulating the loss of friends on campus.

Katz completed specialized training with California State Office of Emergency Services, serving on the Sexual Assault Response Team. She is the current president of Project Safe House Auxiliary. Katz has been president of the Children’s Home Society, a member Las Proveedoras Del Norte, and planned an annual authors luncheon for Words Alive.

Aside from her love and protection of children’s health and well being, Katz has been a loyal and loving friend to the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, serving on the Women of Dedication committee for 12 years, and chairing the WOD Presentation Tea for nine years. She has served on the SAWA board as Homeless Outreach Chair.

— Submitted information courtesy of The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary.