San Diego Advocates™
Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek believes in community service—a tradition maintained with dedication since our firm was founded. Our attorneys and staff take pride in volunteering and serving on boards and committees of a wide range of organizations, from social services to the arts, to health care and civic organizations. We also provide financial support to a substantial number of such organizations.
Representative Community Support
La Jolla YMCA
Pictured, from left to right: Susan Botticelli, La Jolla YMCA Board of Advisors Chair;
Parisa Weiss, SCMV shareholder and La Jolla YMCA Board member;
Sue Ball, District Executive Director for the YMCA.
“The La Jolla Y is a vibrant part of our community, and I am excited at the opportunity to contribute to the organization as a board member,” says Parisa Weiss, SCMV shareholder and a member of the firm’s estate planning team. Parisa was recently named to the Board of Advisors of the La Jolla YMCA.
“We are happy to welcome Parisa to the La Jolla YMCA Board,” said Sue Ball, District Executive Director for the Y. “As a Y member and mother of two girls who participate in our youth programs, her insight will be very valuable to us.”
Ball added, “Parisa’s experience working with individuals to lay out their philanthropy plans will be integral as we look to expand our planned giving roster. Her influence and network of friends and colleagues will help spread our mission to more people, thus impacting more lives.”
Since 1964, the La Jolla YMCA has built a stronger local community by empowering local children, families and neighbors to be healthier in mind, body and spirit.
From its two locations, the Dan McKinney Family YMCA and Shepherd YMCA Firehouse, the La Jolla YMCA serves more than 18,000 people throughout La Jolla, University City, north Clairemont, Sorrento Valley, Carmel Valley and north Pacific Beach through a variety of programs, services and outreach that foster youth development, promote healthy living and advance social responsibility. Earlier this year, the Dan McKinney Family site completed the final phase of a $21 million expansion and renovation project.
San Diego Blood Bank
Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek is proud to be an active supporter of the San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB), a critical element of San Diego’s healthcare system.
SDBB is dedicated to providing a reliable supply of blood to our community, collecting approximately 100,000 units of blood products annually. An independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit, SDBB serves hospitals in San Diego, Orange, Imperial and Los Angeles counties with blood transfusion products and reference laboratory services. SDBB currently operates six local donor centers and 10 bloodmobiles, hosting approximately 2,000 mobile blood drives each year. SDBB’s Cell Therapy Program provides lifesaving stem cell transplants to patients worldwide.
SCMV associate Rebecca Van Loon has been a member of the SDBB Financial Resource Development Committee since 2012. “It’s a real honor to be involved with such a vital organization,” Rebecca says. “Knowing the value of all they do for our community, I am committed to working with SDBB to make the most effective use of their financial resources and to raising awareness of the importance of community support.”
San Diego Blood Bank CEO David Wellis, PhD.
Shareholder Andrea Myers has taken our commitment to community service to heart in serving as the Fund Development Director for the Junior League of San Diego, an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Andrea designed and re-launched the organization’s Food & Wine Festival into a new multi-faceted signature fundraiser. Under Andrea’s leadership, The Junior League of San Diego Food and Wine Festival: A Kentucky Derby Affair! drew even more chefs, breweries and wineries from all over the area. Leveraging media partnerships to increase pre-event exposure and giving a greater role to corporate sponsors and partners via year-long contracts, Andrea’s team exceeded expectations by increasing overall revenue by 142 percent over the past three years. Tickets now sell out prior to the event and attendance has doubled. The Food & Wine Festival held annually in May, has been such a success that the efforts of the Junior League of San Diego were nationally recognized at the 93rd Annual Conference of The Association of Junior Leagues International.
L to R: Mark Rogge, Courtney Rogge, Karen Cook, Lisa Andrews, Andrea Myers, Zach Myers
Some of the other many non-profit organizations our firm supports include American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Anti-Defamation League, BIA Cares for Kids, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, Boys & Girls Clubs, California Homebuilding Foundation, Casa Cornelia Law Center, Downtown San Diego Partnership, Home Start, Junior League, Kids’ Turn, KPBS, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, New Children’s Museum, La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Opera, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, San Diego Symphony, San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program Women’s Resources Fair, University of California San Diego Foundation, University of San Diego and Wounded Warriors.
One of our most enjoyable programs is our sponsorship of San Diego Symphony violinist Pei-Chin Tsai through the Symphony’s Partner with a Player program. Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek has been an enthusiastic Partner with a Player since 2004, and has sponsored Ms. Tsai since 2012.
We are also proud that this is the seventh year our firm has supported Kids’ Turn. Kids’ Turn does a marvelous job of helping the children of divorcing parents to develop coping skills to deal with the emotionally traumatic events they’re experiencing.
Our attorneys are encouraged to provide pro bono services, and have done so for many organizations, including the San Diego Symphony and Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. In the 1980s, Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek assisted the San Diego Symphony in its acquiring Symphony Hall when the property for Symphony Towers was being purchased. More recently in 2010, we assisted in the re-acquisition of Symphony Hall by the San Diego Symphony. Our firm also assisted the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego in its acquisition and development of its downtown venue.
Committed to the high education and ethics standards entrusted to lawyers, Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek also actively supports professional bar organizations at the state and local levels.