If you haven’t RSVP’d yet to our event June 25, you really should. E-mail camille.gustafson@voiceofsandiego.org.

We’re bringing together an eclectic group of people: People like you — the leaders and thinkers who make San Diego what it is, and the neighbors we have profiled in both our People at Work series and the Virtual Convening we launched to highlight those residents working to solve problems in their neighborhoods.

As you know, voiceofsandiego.org is best known for our coverage of local politics. At the same time, our coverage of the local economy and housing market is actually more popular in terms of number of readers and web traffic.

But we have done much more than that. One truth is ingrained in every member of our staff: No matter where you look, there is a good story. Every single person in this county could be the subject of an engaging tale. So every week, we sit down with people to talk about what they do. And Kelly Bennett has, every month, told the story of what one person, does to make a living. The diversity of trades she has uncovered is striking.

Come join us for what will be a type of exhibition of what San Diego’s residents do to both make money and survive, and make their own corner of the county a better place.

There are now 866 members of voiceofsandiego.org — if this includes you (if you have donated to voiceofsandiego.org) — you are invited to attend for free. We’re asking all others for a $20 donation at the door. It is a chance to not only see this exhibition, but also to tell us what you think about what we’re doing. Tell us what you would do better.

We will have light appetizers. But that’s not all.

Like public radio or other nonprofit efforts, we’ve suddenly found ourselves flooded with offers from volunteers who are excited about what we’re doing and simply want to help out.

It has been very moving to watch this happen. And I want to take a minute to thank Peggy Bradshaw, Bill Bradshaw and all of the members of the board of directors who certainly don’t get paid for the insights and direction they offer, as well as Norma Gutierrez and Ann Alpert.

One volunteer recently just showed up in the office and said she would do anything. After pondering it a bit, we asked Summer Polacek to help us set up silent auction for the event.

Summer has set up a fantastic silent auction. Thanks to her, the event will feature items such as two roundtrip airline tickets from Jet Blue, jewelry, and gift certificates from Cohn Restaurant Group, Hornblower, Lava Sport and Fitness, Massage Envy, Orfilia Winery, Point Loma Outfitters, U.S. Karate Academy, and more.

Finally, we should have some announcements about what is to come from this ever-growing operation. We’re excited to see what you think.


When: Thursday, June 25, 6-8 p.m.

Where: McMillin Event Center in Liberty Station

RSVP: camille@voiceofsandiego.org


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