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Junior Achievement Raises $268,000 During Its Annual San Diego Business Hall of Fame

November 07, 2012

On the evening of Friday, Nov. 2, Junior Achievement of San Diego and Imperial Counties celebrated the best of the business community’s “Past, Present, Future” at its annual San Diego Business Hall of Fame event at the Hotel Del Coronado.

During the event, current and past laureates honored since the event inception in 1986 joined the community leaders to raise more than $268,000 to fund Junior Achievement programs in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship for K-12 students.

The attendees raised almost $50,000 with auction items such as a vacation in Mexico, behind the scenes of a Jack in the Box commercial and Fund A Student, which sponsors students in San Diego with Junior Achievement programs.

As for laureates, the nonprofit celebrated the business and philanthropic leadership of late Walter Zable, a past San Diego Business Hall of Fame laureate and founding father of Junior Achievement San Diego, and nominated Joe Craver of Red Cross and Mary Walshok of University of California, San Diego as the 2012 laureates. Andre Hoss and Josh Knopman of Place-Mate, an innovative new company created as part of Junior Achievement Company Program, took the title of Young Entrepreneurs of the Year.

Junior Achievement selected the nominees for both their professional accomplishments and their gracious contributions to the San Diego community.
To learn more about Junior Achievement of San Diego, please visit its official website


JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SAN DIEGO AND IMPERIAL COUNTIES works locally to reach 50,000 students in K-12 classrooms for the 2012-2013 school year with its financial literacy programs.  For more information on programs in San Diego and Imperial Counties, visit