It has been nearly 500 years since San Diego’s first European explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo set sail up the Pacific coast in search of trade opportunities.

But it’s in that same spirit two local leaders Lynn Gorguze, CEO of private equity firm Cameron Holdings, and Congressman Scott Peters, U.S. Representative for California’s 52nd District, are active with The San Diego Foundation and are hoping to make a lasting impact on the city they call home.

We were fortunate enough to spend some time with this notable San Diego family to hear about their work in the community, where their passion for charity comes from, and to talk about the many organizations they work with through their Cabrillo Charitable Fund at The San Diego Foundation.

Learning from our family and friends

Like many, Lynn and Scott were taught the importance of charity at a young age.

The two were constantly reminded through their parents’ actions that no matter their situation, helping others is a core value at the foundation of any strong community.

As they grew older and built successful careers in business and politics, each made philanthropic work part of their daily lives – both in their financial contributions and their time serving as board members of the La Jolla Community Foundation.

From tackling climate change in San Diego, to partnering with organizations that help transition local veterans back to society, or their support for art through the Murals of La Jolla project, it’s easy to see how much the family believes in giving back.

And it’s through these initiatives they see a vibrant region with a world of opportunity. Opportunity they hope to pass on to their children, Ben and Ellie, as they encourage them to get involved and cultivate their passions for charity.

 “A little bit goes a long way”

As Lynn and Scott imagine the future of their city, both recognize the growth that lies on the horizon.

“While large in size, San Diego remains a relatively young region with an abundance of potential,” said Lynn. “We have seen firsthand that just a little bit of support can go a long way.”

And it’s through the collective efforts of the community that they believe this change and growth will come.

Many bricks build a home

As he beamed about the city’s future, Scott emphasized, “One thing that we believe is unique to the San Diego culture is the collaborative and cooperative spirit in the community.”

The two leaders recognize their professional and charitable work is part of countless other efforts that prioritize the region’s needs, but they hope to see more San Diegans give back to improve the quality of life for everyone.

When asked what advice they have for others in the community, the two responded succinctly, “Don’t wait too long to get involved. Just jump in.”

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