Business Hall of Fame & Golf Classic Events Support JA Programs

More than 400 guests attended JA’s 27th Business Hall of Fame at Fairmont Grand Del Mar on Tuesday, Sept.15 sponsored by Jack in the Box Foundation.  JA’s student ambassadors and teens helped host the black-tie event featuring dinner, auction and awards. Highlights of the evening include inducting four prominent members of the business community into Junior Achievement’s Business Hall of Fame.  This year’s laureates:

  • Rolf Benirschke, Co-founder, Legacy Health Strategies and NFL Hall of Famer
  • Tom Hom, Civic Leader, Statesman and Businessman
  • Joanne Pastula, President & CEO, Junior Achievement of San Diego County
  • T. Denny Sanford, Businessman and Philanthropist

The event also recognized U.S. Navy for JA’s Lifetime Volunteer Award, specifically the Center for Information Dominance and the Center for Service Combat Systems, who provided more than 95 volunteers at nine different schools throughout San Diego County. Guests also enjoyed bidding on fun items during the live auction including an escape to Mexico’s Riviera at Punta Mita Four Seasons Resort, and a chance to spend seven nights aboard the luxurious SeaDream Yacht touring the Mediterranean region.

The successful Annual Business Hall of Fame event is followed by the JA Golf Classic, also held at the Grand Golf Club on Wednesday, Sept. 16.  Sponsored by San Diego Fluid Systems Technologies, the golfers are enjoying much cooler temps, while raising thousands of dollars to support Junior Achievement of San Diego.

“We are so thankful to our supporters, event sponsors, student ambassadors, past/current laureates and volunteers for making both events so successful,” said Marla Black, President and CEO, JA of San Diego County.  “The financial support will allow our San Diego students to get jobs and present them with ‘real-life’ opportunities to connect with our local business community.”

Proceeds from both events support program curriculum that fosters work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills, utilizing experiential learning to inspire kids to dream big and reach their potential.

Since 1950, Junior Achievement of San Diego County has provided life-changing programs to more than 730,000 youth—in the classroom and after school—to foster an understanding of how the “real world” works. To ensure youth are prepared for their future, JA teaches them how to get a job, start a business and how to manage money.    During the 2014/2015-calendar school year, JA of San Diego served more than 55,000 students, K-12, including 15,000 5th graders at the popular McGrath Family JA BizTown. With the launch of Mission Fed JA Finance Park on October 1st, JA’s goal is to serve nearly 70,000 youth from 36 school districts during the 2015/2016-calendar school year. For the latest news and information, please visit:



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