A Quarterly Community Relations Report
Since our beginnings in 1961, Mission Fed has been dedicated to strengthening and improving the communities in which
we live, work and play. Through partnerships with schools and over 200 nonprofit organizations directly committed to a
healthier, stronger, vibrant and resilient San Diego County, we’re on a mission to ensure that San Diego’s success is our
bottom line. We hope you take pride in reading about our collaborative achievements and learn more about how we
came together to drive positive transformation throughout the San Diego community.
Connecting Creative Communities
Mission Fed believes art has the power to connect communities, cultivate
new artistic talent and create a better quality of life for all through cultural
enrichment. Held for the 34th time, Mission Federal ArtWalk has
celebrated both visual and performing arts in San Diego and on April 28
& 29, the largest fine arts festival in Southern California returned to
San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood. Over 100,000 attendees came to
view and purchase artwork, enjoy music and dance and participate in
interactive art experiences spread out over 17 blocks, themed “Connecting
Creative Communities.” An exciting addition included artists creating
chalk drawings along the newly debuted Piazza della Famiglia, an
expansive pedestrian plaza now open for all to enjoy. Stay tuned for
the September launch of Mission Federal ArtWalk Carlsbad!
The three winning WIT teams are awarded their prizes by Enrique Meza, Mission Fed’s Community Relations Officer.
Teens Hack Our Region’s Challenges
A group of teens set aside one of their weekend days at WIT’s (Whatever
It Takes) Smart City Saturday Hackathon and devoted their time
to finding solutions to our region’s greatest challenges. The teens hacked
different challenges that included: homelessness, transportation, engaging the
youth in public service, and stopping citizens from using their phones while
driving or walking across the street. They then pitched their newly created
social enterprises to a panel of CEOs, city officials, leaders and entrepreneurs
and Mission Fed served as the Prize Sponsor to help students fund their
startups. WIT is revolutionizing the high school learning experience by
providing “real world” social entrepreneurship practice and leadership
development for teens in San Diego, St. Louis, Austin and New York.
Their motto: Doing Whatever It Takes to make the world a better place!
Autism Takes Flight
The process of going to the airport and taking a flight can be overwhelming for any family, but there are
unique challenges when traveling with a child with special needs. On April 7, Mission Fed teamed up with
Autism Speaks San Diego and Southwest Airlines to provide an autism friendly airport and flight
simulation experience for San Diego families. At the first “San Diego Cares for Autism” event, more
than 120 local parents and children were able to experience the entire process of air travel at the San Diego
Airport, including going through mock check-in, security and boarding. The Nashville-based all volunteer
Southwest crew went through all the steps—from seatbelt check to snack service—and offered families a
rare opportunity to orient first-time fliers, provide them with the chance to meet the Captain and see the
flight deck. Autism Speaks San Diego provides local support through community outreach programs,
advocacy and funding for research and related community programs.
Image courtesy of Savannah Kestral Photography/Southwest Airlines.
To see where Mission Fed will be in the community, visit our Events Calendar at MissionFed.com/events.
Your success is our bottom line.
A Quarterly Community Relations Report
San Diego’s Cool
Mission Fed’s Pamela Carson, AVP, Scripps Ranch
Branch Manager (L) and Girl Scouts San Diego’s
Carol Dedrich, Chief Executive Officer (2nd from
R), are joined by two Emerging Leader Girl Scouts.
A MILLION REASONS TO CELEBRATE
For the past two decades, Junior Achievement of San Diego
County (JA) and Mission Fed have shared a unique partnership
and a commitment to empower our young people to own their
economic success. On Tuesday, April 24, community and
business leaders, JA students, alum and board members
joined Mission Fed to celebrate JA’s “1 Millionth Student”
served since their office opened in 1950. “With Mission Fed’s
prominent shop in the McGrath Family JA BizTown and
our support in bringing Mission Fed JA Finance Park to life,
we are helping to develop resourceful and successful community
members of tomorrow,” said Debra Schwartz, Mission Fed
President and CEO and JA Executive Board Member.
Mission Fed forms part of a community whose support,
commitment and dedication made this milestone possible
and congratulates JA on the life-changing impact they’ve
made on our region’s youth.
Emerging Leader Girl Scout partners with Mission
Fed’s Pamela Carson, AVP, Scripps Ranch Branch
Manager, during one of the mentoring sessions.
San Diegans spent a fantastic day of
championing the cause of girl leadership
at Girl Scouts San Diego’s
annual Cool Women luncheon.
The region’s top business and civic
leaders in our region came together
to recognize this year’s trailblazing
2018 Cool Women awardees,
respected executives from diverse sectors
who are making positive changes in
the San Diego community. The event
also included mentoring sessions where
Emerging Leader Girl Scouts met with
some of San Diego’s most successful
female executives and community leaders
and learned how these exceptional
women balance work, family, friends
As the San Diego Padres season kicks-off, Mission Fed
is proud to recognize a variety of nonprofit partners
that strive to make our region “America’s Finest City.”
Our check award ceremonies not only provide
nonprofits with financial support but also allow for
their staff and supporters to enjoy a Padres game on
us. Recently, we had the pleasure of recognizing two
wonderful organizations: The San Diego Bicycle Club and the
San Diego Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. Funds provided
to the San Diego Bicycle Club supports their bicycle helmet donation
program. Our donation to the San Diego Chapter of the Surfrider
Foundation supports their dedication to raise awareness of water
quality issues and helps our beaches stay clean and accessible.
Advocates For Women’s Health
On behalf of our members, our staff and our volunteer
Board of Directors, Mission Fed presented a check
donation to San Diego Chapter of the American
Heart Association as part of San Diego’s Go Red
For Women campaign. Over $23,000 in funds will
help advocate for more research and swifter action for
women’s heart health. Mission Fed believes that
together we can prevent heart disease and strokes and
encourages women and their families to take action
and live a healthier life.
Cinco de Mayo With Pride
On May 5, Mission Fed joined more than 20,000 people at Barrio Logan’s Chicano Park to celebrate the
Cinco de Mayo con Orgullo Festival & Car Show. The celebration was part of a 40 city-wide effort across
California to have alcohol and tobacco-free Cinco de Mayo events in an effort to create safe and family-friendly
environments. The historic park and the surrounding streets were filled with food, live music and cultural
performances, a classic car show and arts and crafts by local artists. Proceeds also go to support the Sherman Heights
Community Center, a nonprofit that promotes educational, health, personal development and cultural programs.
SPOTLIGHT ON COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Dancing For A Cause
The 3rd Annual “Dancing With Our Stars” fundraising event took place
on Saturday, April 7 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, where
the Center’s 1,500-seat concert hall emulated the format of the popular reality
show, Dancing with the Stars. Not only did Mission Fed serve as a sponsor but
was also proudly represented in the competition by our own Angie Lasagna,
VP Community Relations and External Affairs. Angie joined nine other
prominent community and
business leaders, where couples
tangoed, salsaed and waltzed
their way across the dance floor
and raised funds for the Center’s
Education & Community
Outreach Programs serving
over 85,000 annually.
Honorary speaker Kathy Najimy (center) is joined by Mission Fed’s
Lisa Thompson, VP Compliance (L) and Terri Miracle, VP Creative
and Communications (R).
Making Miracles Happen
Miracles happen every day at Children’s Miracle Network
Hospitals. Since 2006, Credit Unions for Kids Wine Auction
has raised $6.1 million to help children treated at these hospitals
and give them every chance to get better. On March 9, Mission
Fed was proud to support the 13th Annual Credit Unions for
Kids Wine Auction 2018. For the third consecutive year, the
gala event raised more than $1 million for the 11 Children’s
Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) in California and
Arizona. Debra Schwartz, Mission Fed President and CEO,
served on the event’s executive committee and represented
our region’s benefitting hospital, Rady Children’s Hospital
San Diego. Our support of the event continues to help make
miracles happen for local sick and injured children, including
even the tiniest of patients, and echoes the credit union mission
of “People Helping People.”
Pictured (L to R):
Debra Schwartz, Mission Fed’s President and CEO; Sherry Special, Mission Fed’s SVP
Branch Network and Consumer Lending; Rixie Lowden, VP Business Development, Autoland.
In The Company Of Women
A woman’s biggest inspiration often comes from the company of
other women in her life—her mother, sisters, friends and co-workers.
On May 4, YWCA of San Diego County presented its 20th annual
“In the Company of Women” benefit luncheon featuring the
distinguished Tribute to Women & Industry Awards (TWIN) and
a keynote address by actor and advocate Kathy Najimy. The event
brought together diverse and successful women from across the region
to be inspired and to inspire one another. Proceeds from the event
help to fund YWCA’s many programs and services that benefit the
lives of women and children in the San Diego region, including
Becky’s House Domestic Violence Programs. Mission Fed is honored
to support women leaders from the community who make a difference
and help to fulfill the YWCA’s mission of empowering women.
& Craft Gala
Pictured (L to R): Mission Fed’s Sherry Special,
SVP Branch Network & Consumer Lending;
Jim Floros, Jacobs & Cushman San Diego
Food Bank’s CEO; Angie Lasagna,
VP Community Relations.
More than 30 celebrated local
chefs from across San Diego County
donated their time and culinary talent
for the Jacobs & Cushman
San Diego Food Bank’s
Annual Chefs, Cork & Craft
on April 28. Mission Fed proudly
supports the region’s largest
hunger-relief organization and their
programs, including the Food 4 Kids
Backpack Program which provides
weekend backpacks filled with food
to elementary school children living
in poverty. Last year alone, the Food
Bank distributed 26 million pounds
of food, and served, on average,
370,000 people per month in
San Diego County.
A Catalyst for Caring
Pictured (L to R): Mission Fed’s Gabe Madrid,
Poway Branch Manager, and Linda Barner,
VP Human Resources.
On April 6, the Center for
Community Solutions (CCS)
held its 19th Annual “Tea
and Tonic” event as a platform
from which to raise awareness of
domestic violence and inform our
community that help is available.
Serving as a fundraiser for CCS,
the event celebrated their sponsors,
committed volunteers and business
and community leaders from across
San Diego County who continue
to support the Agency’s mission: to
end relationship violence by being a
catalyst for caring communities and
Mission Fed team representing our Branch Network,
School Business Services, Business Development
and Senior Leadership.
Recognizing MAXimum Dedication
Mission Fed’s support of our schools and teachers has helped
to promote improvement in teaching and learning, a mission
that’s been with us since our start using a borrowed desk at the
San Diego County Office of Education. During the school
year, in partnership with 105.7 MAX FM, Mission Fed’s
MAX Out My Class recognizes the dedication and passion
that teachers devote to their students’ future. Every week, the
radio station’s crew and Mission Fed visit a school to award a
classroom a $200 gift card, a Mission Fed goodie bag and an
on-air interview focused on the teacher and his/her students.
Thanks to a donation by Computers 2 SD Kids, some schools
were also lucky recipients of netbooks! Congratulations to all
the winning teachers for their dedication to providing the
educational foundation for our future San Diego community
leaders. To nominate a local teacher, submit your entry via
email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Diego County honored educators,
parents, community members, board
members and support staff who make
a difference in the lives of students at
the annual Honoring Our Own
Awards on April 27. Considered
the premier event of the year for both
the San Diego County School Boards
Association and for the Association
of California School Administrators
(ACSA) Region 18, the Honoring Our
Own Awards recognized recipients for
their achievements and their dedication
to public education. Over 500
educational leaders and friends of the
educational community participated,
where Mission Fed was proud to have
received two special awards: the San
Diego County School Boards
Association’s DeDe Alpert
Award, nominated by Lemon Grove
Unified; and the ACSA Region
18 Partners in Educational
Excellence Award, nominated
by Poway Unified School District.
Both honors recognize Mission Fed’s
commitment to educational excellence
and exemplary school-community
partnership programs in service to
administrators, teachers and students.
Chelsea’s Run Unites The Community
Mission Fed was proud to once again sponsor the 8th Annual Finish Chelsea’s
Run in partnership with the Girl Scouts of San Diego and in honor of Chelsea
King, a race that unites the community to raise awareness about protecting
children and creating positive change. The March 3 event took place in Balboa
Park where Chelsea loved to visit and where she practiced with the San Diego
Youth Symphony. The Run featured a competitive 5K race and fun run/walk,
family festival, children’s activities, team competition, entertainment and
refreshments. This annual run/walk is now the primary fundraiser for the
Chelsea’s Light Foundation Sunflower Scholarship Fund, providing scholarships
for San Diego County college-bound teens who have embraced characteristics
that embodied Chelsea’s academic prowess and service-over-self ethic.
Your success is our bottom line.
Finish Chelsea’s Run participants included Mission
Fed’s Julianna Sacay, Card Services Consultant, and
Herlinda Sandoval-Wasser, Card Services Manager.