photo courtesy of United Way San Diego County

Honoring Volunteerism

Rancho Santa Fe resident Ken Weixel was honored with the Volunteer of the Year Naish Award by United Way of San Diego County at a special reception in November, along with Deborah Szekely with the Community Leadership Award. The Volunteer of the Year award recognizes an individual who has made a significant and sustained contribution to United Way as a volunteer and commemorates the extraordinary commitment of Jack Naish, a former board member and creative leader. Ken joined the United Way board in 2014, and as the current campaign cabinet chair he helps build stronger relationships with companies across the region. He instituted a new “peer-to-peer” outreach technique, often reaching out to other managing partners and CEOs of large companies to engage them in giving to United Way directly. He also chaired United Way’s CEO search committee this spring. United Way President and CEO Laurie Coskey presided over the honoring ceremony and said, “We are thrilled to recognize the contributions of these two extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives and careers giving back to the community in such meaningful ways.”

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