Centennial Love Your Community

Written by: Claudia Chow, Digital Marketing Manager, UWSD

To continue our Centennial Celebration, board member and Tocqueville donors David and Marti Andrews hosted an intimate event at the Santaluz Clubhouse on Thursday, February 20th. The beautiful outdoor event space, coupled with perfect weather and a stunning sunset, made for an incredible backdrop. Guests included United Way board members, Tocqueville donors, and members of the executive leadership team at National University. Board Chair Rich Pattenaude warmly welcomed guests, along with host David Andrews, and our President and CEO, Nancy Sasaki.

Each month this year, we will highlight a different decade since United Way of San Diego County was founded in 1920. This month, we focused on the 1930s. In the 1930s, United Way of San Diego County went by the name Community Chest and used the tagline, “This is the chest – that raises the money – that helps our neighbors – that builds for the future – a better community for all of us.” Community is not only a place, but it’s the sense of fellowship among others, as a result of sharing common interest and goals. United Way aims to not only support the children, young adults, and families in our community, but to share the goals and passions of our organization. Community Chest posters from the 1930s were framed and displayed at the event. In the 1930s, the Community Chest raised over $2,000,000 to support the local community – which would be over $38,000,000 in today’s dollars!

Additionally, the 1930s were marked by a few other exciting developments, including the end of Prohibition (1933) and the launch of chocolate treats like Snickers (1930), Mars Bars (1932), Kit Kats (1935), and Rolos (1937). To celebrate, our guests enjoyed a wine and chocolate pairing hosted by Eclipse Chocolates.

We hope you will continue to travel through the decades of our history as we celebrate United Way of San Diego County’s contributions to society over the last 100 years, and that you will be compelled to help us be even more impactful in the future. Please keep an eye out for announcements for our monthly Centennial events leading up to our Gala on 10/10/2020.

To learn about the Centennial Celebration, visit uwsd.org/centennial.