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Junior Achievement Raises $454,000 at Annual Business Hall of Fame & Golf Classic Signatures Events

October 13, 2014

Junior Achievement of San Diego County, a nonprofit that teaches work readiness and financial literacy skills to inspire students in kindergarten to 12th grade through volunteer-based programs, raised $454,000 during its’ two signature fundraising events in September.

More than 400 guests attended JA’s 26th Business Hall of Fame at The Grand Del Mar 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 three prominent members of the business community into Junior Achievement’s Business Hall of Fame.  This year’s laureates:

The event also recognized Robert Alden with the JA Lifetime Volunteer Award. Guests contributed more than $135,000 at the live auction featuring fun items including an escape to Mexico’s Riviera at Punta Mita Four Seasons Resort, and an opportunity to get your “wings” by attending a Boeing 737 Alaska Airlines flight simulator.

The successful Annual Business Hall of Fame event was followed by the JA Golf Classic, also held at The Grand Del Mar.  Sponsored by San Diego Fluid Systems Technologies, the golfers enjoyed much cooler temps, while raising more than $334,000 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 Joanne Pastula, 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. This year, over 56,000 students in San Diego will participate in Junior Achievement programs.