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January 2023

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Seen Chiara Durigo, Linda Kurtz, Deanna Mackey, and Treasure Addis-Mills Scott Peters, Uli Heine, and Chris Marsh Andrew and Claire Hapke, Joy Hapke, and Valerie Jacobs Hapke and Norm Hapke Molly and Ted Eldredge with Stephanie Brown Ali and Haida Mojdehi with Mary Lynn and Larry Weitzen Gadi H. Vasquez, Carrie Hessler- Radalet, and Dick Celeste Anna and Eric Sanders Debbie McGraw and Sarah Adams Carol Clause and Paula Rucinski Barbara Sawrey and Susan Hennenfent Schekinah Ortiz Genet Boru, Kellie Quinn, Irene Bwayo, and Luz Clayton Hands Across Borders Annual Gala PCI and Global Communities celebrated their merger and 70 years of impact at the Hands Across Borders Annual Gala. Global Communities, formerly PCI, is a nonprofit leader in sustainable development, humanitarian assistance, and financial inclusion reaching people in San Diego and around the world to implement programs that improve access to health services, nutritious food, clean water, education, economic opportunity, and disaster response. e gala, co-chaired by Haida Mojdehi and Mary Lynn and Larry Weitzen, honored Valerie Jacobs Hapke and Norm Hapke, Eric Sanders, and UBS Optimus Foundation for their support of Global Communities' mission. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JENNIFER NELSON Empowered We Rise Philanthropists, community leaders, and working and retired professionals gathered at Coastal Roots Farm to enjoy food, drinks, music, inspirational programming, and the opportunity to browse through a makers' fair with Women's Empowerment-supported local women entrepreneurs. Event proceeds benefited WE grants distributed to vetted, high-impact nonprofits around the word. Since its founding in 2003, San Diego-based Women's Empowerment International has provided more than $2.1 million in funding to current partners in the U.S., Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, and Uganda. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JENNIFER NELSON ranchandcoast.com 96 JANUARY 2023 RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE

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