January 2019 Letter from CVCF Board Chair Lisa Moctezuma

Chula Vista Charitable Foundation members
(Left to right) Chula Vista Charitable Foundation board chair Lisa Moctezuma, guest Alex Navarrete and grants chair Carmen Richardson post at a CVCF event.

Happy New Year to all our cherished Chula Vista Charitable Foundation (CVCF) members. CVCF had a marvelous 2018, and we look forward to expanding our impact again this year.

Thank you to those members who voted in our grant focus survey last summer. The results of your input provided the area of emphasis for this year’s grantmaking: Health and Human Services. For our 9th grant cycle, we accepted proposals for programs that address issues, such as:

CVCF Board Chair Lisa Moctezuma
CVCF Board Chair Lisa Moctezuma
  • Economic development
  • Homelessness
  • Veterans’ assistance
  • Financial literacy
  • Civic engagement
  • Conflict resolution

Our Grants Committee is currently conducting site visits, and we are looking forward to the amazing and arduous task of finding the programs that will provide the greatest impact for our community. Stay tuned and look forward to voting on those finalists in April when you receive your ballot.

Thank you to those who joined us at Karina’s in Otay for our New Year Member Mixer! It was a wonderful time and great opportunity to introduce others to the foundation. I especially enjoyed hearing from past grantee, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory. We were fortunate to have two brothers, both students and recipients of the organization play violin for our guests.

It’s always so gratifying to see first-hand the impact our investment makes and to see the ripples even beyond.

Our next event is a smaller fireside chat February 20 for CVCF prospects, as we are always looking to grow memberships. If you would like invite anyone interested in membership, please contact Estela Mitrani at The San Diego Foundation for more information.

Cheers to an epic and meaningful 2019!

Corporate Member Spotlight: Stephen Ablahad

CVCF member Stephen Ablahad recently spoke at our New Year Mixer and sponsored the South County Economic Development Council (SCEDC) Holiday Breakfast on our behalf.

In addition to being an active CVCF member since 2011, Stephen runs two businesses in Chula Vista and has supported worthwhile causes as part of his modus operandi. He believes giving back to the local community is an investment in the community itself and something that all businesspeople and community members should do.

Stephen has been a member of the Chula Vista community for over 10 years and plans on doing business in and giving back to Chula Vista in a variety of ways for decades to come.

CVCF Stephen Ablahad
Stephen Ablahad (left) attended a recent CVCF event with other Chula Vista philanthropists, including CVCF members Maria Kachadoorian and Debra Discar-Espe and former member Sharon McDade Floyd.

Grantee Spotlight: San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory

Since it was founded in 1945, the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) has inspired and empowered our region’s students to strive for excellence through rigorous musical training experiences.

To serve our county’s increasingly diverse population, SDYS adopted a long-term vision of “Making Music Education Affordable and Accessible for All” and launched the Community Opus Project in Chula Vista to bring music into the lives of our students.

CVCF was proud to present SDYS with a grant of $25,000 for the 2017-2018 grant cycle for its free, afterschool orchestra and band program for Chula Vista students.

San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory
CVCF presented the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory with a
$25,000 grant for its free, afterschool orchestra and band program.

The SDYS Opus Project has provided more than 380 students in grades 3-10 with free after-school music instruction during the school year and has loaned instruments to those who needed them. Chula Vista’s Opus students have participated in a variety of local events, which have included major community concerts, the City’s HarborFest, and Veterans and Starlight Parades. Many Opus students are also enrolled in SDYS’ Conservatory program in Balboa Park, and two have reached the most advanced orchestra.

Chula Vista musicians have auditioned and been selected to travel to other cities to participate in highly regarded musical programs with other students from across the nation.

We are proud to support SDYS’ amazing work and the lasting impact it is making on youth in our community.

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