United Way of San Diego County's



Our heartfelt thanks to the more than 700 guests, from every corner of the county, who attended our very first Changing the Odds Community Breakfast. Everyone in the room was moved by our eloquent, inspiring keynote speaker, Liz Murray, who elevated the importance of education and the critical role community plays in taking care of all of its children.

Together, with your help, we raised more than $20,000 in the room that morning that will support programs for children and families right here in San Diego.

We hope you’ll stay connected to us and the work we do, supporting kids outside the classroom so they can succeed inside the classroom.

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Honorary Chair 

Katherine Stuart Faulconer

First lady of San Diego


Tocqueville Society Honorary Committee

Barbara & Randy Beck   
Roberta & Malin Burnham   
Janice & Dave Carothers   
Amy & Reid Carr   
Laurie Coskey, President/CEO   
Charlene Dackerman   
Regina Evans & Reese Jarrett   
Bonnie & Steve Gosselin   
Heidi & Alexis Gutierrez   
Greg & Wendy Hunter 

Keith & Kelly Johnson    
Carol Ann & George W. Lattimer   
Scotty Lombardi    
Betsy & Scott McClendon   
Jacqueline & Daniel Parks   
Glenn & Lynne Rossman   
Rebecca & Jimmy Smith   
Ken & Lynn Weixel   
Gordon & Margie Wiens

Host Committee

Francine D. Anderson  
Richard Barrera  
Laurie Berman  
Steve Bernstein  
Megan Blair  
Angel Mason Broadus  
Lindsay Burningham  
Lorraine Collins  
Ignacio De La Torre  
Judith Lynne Enns Ph.D.  
Gil & Gale Johnson  
Linda Katz  
Beth Kransberger  
Tom Lemmon  
Allison Lupercio  
Carolin Meinhardt  
Richard Pattenaude & Kathleen Day

Jacob Richards  
Julie Richardson  
Kian Saneii  
Malinda Sawyer  
Reana P. Shah  
Lidor Ritblatt Shuster  
Lourdes Silva  
Leslie Sutherland  
Maxine Thomas  
Megan Thomas  
Sarah Ann Thompson  
Elif Tinney  
Jon Vance & Meredith Pung  
Jean Walcher  
Sharon Walker  
Rachel Williams


Media Contact:           Sandy Young, J. Walcher Communications
                         , 619-295-7140

United Way of San Diego County First Community Breakfast Raises More than $200,000
Nonprofit Awards $10,000 in Scholarships to High School Seniors

SAN DIEGO (May 24, 2017) – “No one gets where they are going alone.” This was one of the key takeaways that Liz Murray, author of “Breaking Night,” shared during the keynote speech at United Way of San Diego County’s first annual “Changing the Odds Community Breakfast” on May 10 at the San Diego Convention Center.

The first-ever fundraiser for the 97-year-old nonprofit raised $200,000 with the 700 attending community partners, local businesses and allies to help children be successful both inside and outside the classroom. United Way of San Diego County’s Women’s Leadership Council also gave seven scholarships to high school seniors, totaling $10,000.

“We are so grateful to everyone who came out to our breakfast this month,” said President and CEO Laurie Coskey, Ed.D. “United Way is determined to make San Diego a place where children’s dreams do come true.”

The event’s honorary chair was San Diego First Lady Katherine Stuart Faulconer, and KUSI’s Brad Perry emceed the breakfast, leading the charge for onsite fundraising, which totaled $25,000. Notable attendees included Sheriff Bill Gore, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and several members of the San Diego City Council.

The breakfast culminated in Murray’s keynote speech, sharing her journey from homeless teen to Harvard graduate. Murray left hundreds of attendees teary-eyed as she recounted growing up with cocaine-addicted parents in the Bronx, and how she ended up on the streets by age 15. Determined to take charge of her life, Murray finished high school in two years and was awarded a full scholarship to Harvard University. Murray stressed the importance of community intervention, helping youth like her so they can succeed and thrive.

More than 50 San Diego companies supported the breakfast, including Champion Sponsor Solar Turbines and Visionary Sponsor SDG&E.

About United Way of San Diego County

By working with hundreds of nonprofits, schools, businesses and community leaders, United Way of San Diego County is changing the odds for children through its work in education and family stability. The nonprofit plays a unique role, bringing the right people and resources together to spark breakthrough community action that elevates every child and family toward a brighter future. United Way solves complex problems by maximizing existing community partners/resources and establishing common goals to create permanent change in the community. LIVE UNITED is a call to action for everyone to get involved by donating and volunteering. Learn more at, the blog, Facebook and Twitter.