At St. Germaine Children’s Charity’s annual June Luncheon at The Lot in La Jolla, outgoing President Stefanie Bedingfield recapped the organization’s efforts during COVID-19 to raise funds to support its mission of preventing child abuse in San Diego. This past year, St. Germaine raised monies from donations and sales of their cookbook, Dining In, which features recipes from La Jolla’s top chefs and restaurants. $130,000 in grants were given to the following agencies: Angels Foster Network, Armed Services YMCA, Casa de Amparo, Center for Community Solutions, Monarch School, Outside the Lens, Voices for Children, Uplift San Diego, and Women’s Resource Center.
Named in honor of the nonprofit’s founder, the Barbara Christensen Heart of San Diego award was given to The Women’s Resource Center for its efforts to stop domestic violence and abuse. Christensen’s granddaughter, Katie Christensen, is St. Germaine Children’s Charity’s incoming president, carrying on the legacy her grandmother started more than 35 years ago.