In celebration of San Diego’s 41st annual National Philanthropy Day, hundreds of community members will come together in early November to honor the accomplishments of the county’s finest philanthropists, volunteers and fundraising professionals. Every year, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) acknowledges locals who are working to better San Diego.
San Dieguito High School Academy student and Carlsbad resident Keri Jucha has been named Outstanding Youth and Student Volunteer. At age 10, Jucha had a brain abscess caused by a sinus infection, which required brain surgery at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. Fully recovered, she became an advocate and fundraiser for the hospital. Jucha, now 17-years-old, has organized many auctions and fundraising projects that have raised more than $35,000. Juchawas nominated by Temple Solel, San Dieguito High School Academy and Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Jucha also volunteers at blood drives, assemblies and dances and is a leadership student at her school, the San Dieguito High School Academy. At Temple Solel, she participated in the Jewish Family Services’ program, “Girls Give Back” as well as “Tikkun,” Temple Solel’s social-action oriented teen youth group.
A resident of Carlsbad, Jucha attends San Dieguito High School Academy and is a member of the American Hebrew Academy Honor Society.