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Proxy Ballot for 2019 Slate of Officers and Directors

Elizabeth Savage

The election of Officers for the Board of Directors will take place at our Annual Meeting on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at the United Way Building located at 4699 Murphy Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92123 at 6 p.m. If you cannot attend, you may complete and sign the below proxy ballot (click on the “Proxy Ballot PDF” button to print your ballot), scan, and email to; or you may choose to mail the proxy to the Lupus Foundation of Southern California office located at 4699 Murphy Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92123. Your proxy ballot must be received by our office no later than 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 to be counted.

Letter from the President

Elizabeth Savage

January 28, 2019

Greetings LFSC Members, Friends, and Donors,

The Lupus Foundation of Southern California (LFSC) had a very busy 2018 and below are just the highlights.

We started 2018 by adding a new board of directors (BOD). These new board members brought with them changes, new ideas, and energy with different backgrounds and a variety of experience. The changes they brought not only enhanced the LFSC, it moved the organization in a positive direction.

We said goodbye to our previous Executive Director, Hollaine Hopkins, and welcomed Elizabeth Savage as Interim Executive Director in April 2018. Elizabeth is a familiar face to some of us past LFSC BOD members. She started her position by taking on many projects of her own and working with each board member assisting them with their special projects. 

In March 2018, Hollaine and new board member, Janet Silva, represented the LFSC in Washington, D.C. for Lupus Advocacy Day. Thank you both for meeting with some of our elected officials or their community representatives.  

Thank you, Dat Le, for setting up the LFSC Spring Physicians’ Panel. There was much information presented and shared with our membership. We appreciate everyone who assisted in making our Physicians’ Panel possible. Thank you to the LFSC board members, Dat, Janet, Christina Ballinger, and Stephanie Huffman, and volunteer, Tom Michel, for all your help in making our support groups possible throughout the year. 

Community outreach is one of our goals and we were able to attend two functions where we had tables handing out literature and answering questions about lupus. One event was with 805 South on May 26 in National City with assistance from Elizabeth, Janet, and Gerardo. The other was at the 3rd Annual San Diego Hip Hop 5K Run in Southeast San Diego on October 20 with help from Elizabeth and Gerardo.

Once again, Beer to the Rescue was a successful event throughout the year. Thank you Elizabeth, Neda Gappy-Cortez, Matthew Fitz, Daniel Womack, Janet, and Tom for representing the LFSC table, giving out information and talking with attendees. Let’s not forget selling all those Beer to the Rescue black & red t-shirts and caps. We have raised over $10,000 from event and merchandise donations, and breweries continue to send in donations from beer sales.

As we have in the past, we will be donating money to both Lupus Research Alliance (LRA) and Lupus Foundation of America (LFA). We will be donating $2,500 towards a specific LFA grant project still to be determined. For this year’s LRA donation, we decided to double match funds raised by our LFSC Walk Team, which raised $3,460 plus our matching funds donation of $6,920 for a total of $10,380 going to LRA.

It was a busy year for the LFSC and we couldn’t have done it without you. For 2019, we have many more new projects to roll out. If you would like to be part of this new change as a board member, volunteer, or a donor, please contact our Executive Director, Elizabeth Savage, at 858-278-2788 or

Before I close, I would like to thank all our board members, volunteers, executive director, and donors for a successful 2018.  

May you all have a joyful, healthy, and peaceful 2019.  I hope to see you all at many of the LFSC activities and fundraisers.

In Good Health,
Gerardo Becerra
President, Lupus Foundation of Southern California

Beer to the Rescue

Elizabeth Savage

For those of you who liked our Beer to the Rescue event last year, we are continuing it in 2016!  YIPPI!

2016 Charity campaign brings award-winning brewers together to raise funds for the Lupus Foundation of Southern California

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 5:00 p.m..

Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. 5010 Mission Center Rd San Diego 92108

After several years of life-impacting suffering, Hernández was diagnosed with Lupus in 2014. Rather than simply be a victim, he decided to invoke the strength of San Diego’s renowned brewing community to make a positive difference for people living with Lupus. “Most people have heard about Lupus or know someone who suffers from it, but few know anything beyond the name of this autoimmune disease—what it is, its effect on those who have it or the fact that it is severely under-researched,” says Hernández. “It affects a large number of people in the U.S., yet there isn’t even a test to determine whether someone has Lupus, nor are there Lupus-specific drugs to help people live with this lifelong condition. This needs to change and, thanks to the compassion, energy and generosity of the craft breweries participating in Beer to the Rescue, 2015 holds a great deal of promise for those so ably assisted by the LFSC and the positive initiatives the agency is integrally involved with.”

The following is a list of the brewing companies participating in the Beer to the Rescue campaign. Most will produce beers, while others with more limited brewing capacity will take part in various other ways such as donations, special events and making the LFSC a featured charity at their public venues.

32 North Brewing Co., Miramar

AleSmith Brewing Co., Miramar

Amplified Ale Works, Pacific Beach

Aztec Brewery, Vista

Bagby Beer Co., Oceanside

Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, Little Italy

Benchmark Brewing Co., Grantville

Bolt Brewery, La Mesa

Coronado Brewing Co., Coronado

Council Brewing Co., Kearny Mesa

Green Flash Brewing Co., Mira Mesa

Intergalactic Brewing Co., Miramar

Iron Fist Brewing Co., Vista

Lightning Brewery, Poway

Mike Hess Brewing Co., North Park

Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery, East Village

Mother Earth Brew Co., Vista

New English Brewing Co., Sorrento Valley

Nickel Beer Co., Julian

Pizza Port, Solana Beach

Port Brewing Co. / The Lost Abbey / The Hop Concept, San Marcos

Rip Current Brewing Co., San Marcos

Societe Brewing Co., Kearny Mesa

Stone Brewing Co., Escondido

Toolbox Brewing Co., Vista

URBN St. Brewing Co., El Cajon

The first beer to be released as part of the Beer to the Rescue campaign will be Hildegard, a triple India pale ale (IPA) lent to the cause by Benchmark Brewing Company. The beer will debut during a release event at the company’s tasting room (6190 Fairmount Avenue, Suite G, San Diego, CA 92120) beginning at 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 31. LFSC representatives will be on-hand to speak with patrons and the beer will be served in a commemorative glass guests may take home with them.

Other upcoming beers include a Belgian-style quadrupel from Nickel Beer Co., a dry-hopped Belgian-style table beer brewed with rhubarb from Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery, and an imperial milk stout infused with chocolate, orange and spicy chilies from Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits.

Information about future beers and their availability as well as Beer for the Cure events will be posted on the campaign’s Facebook page and via its Twitter account (@BeerToTheRescue). The LFSC and participating breweries will also post information about beers and events on their websites and social media accounts. Beers are scheduled to release one-or-two per month through December, with at least three breweries releasing beers during the month of May in honor of Lupus Awareness Month.

Interview opportunities with participating brewers, venues, campaign personnel and representatives from the Lupus Foundation of Southern California are available. Numerous venues are open to beer-tasting and live broadcast segments upon request.

Media Contacts:

Brandon HernándezSabrina LopiccoloHollaine Hopkins

Campaign FounderPublic RelationsExecutive Director

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Lupus Month

Elizabeth Savage

Senate Approves Resolution Designating May as "California Lupus Awareness Month"

SR 65 to Raise Awareness & Understanding to Effects of Systematic Lupus Erythematosus “Lupus”

(Sacramento) – Senator Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) yesterday presented Senate Resolution 65, which designates May as “California Lupus Awareness Month." Senate Resolution 65 passed with a 36-0 vote, receiving overwhelming, bipartisan support. The measure seeks to bring greater awareness, understanding and insight to the devastating effects of Lupus. 

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of various parts of the body including: the skin, joints, heart, and kidneys. At present, Lupus affects 1.5 million Americans, many of whom are women.

"Lupus has affected my office, as my District Director’s wife – Megan – was diagnosed with Lupus in high school," said Moorlach. "Without the support of the Lupus community, Megan, and many of those diagnosed, would have nowhere to turn to as they look to combat this life affecting disease. I want to thank the Lupus Foundation of Northern California, Lupus Foundation of Southern California, and Lupus Los Angeles for all of their dedicated work helping the Lupus community in California."

In attendance for the passing of Senate Resolution 65 were representatives from the Lupus Foundation of Northern California, Lupus Foundation of Southern California, and Lupus Los Angeles.

"Every day, lupus patients confront challenges from chronic, debilitating pain to kidney disease and chemotherapy. What gives these survivors the strength that we are in awe of is the message that they are not alone in the fight. With the message of support from their doctors, their family, their peers and community organizations like the Lupus Foundation of Northern California (LFNC) comes hope that they have Lupus; Lupus doesn't have them. We are thrilled and grateful that Senator Moorlach and his colleagues are adding their voices to that chorus of hope," said Erin C. Badillo, Executive Director, Lupus Foundation of Northern California.

"Working with Senator Moorlach and his staff has been a very valuable experience. I greatly appreciate his efforts to bring together the three leading lupus organizations in California. The collaboration has been both positive and productive and the groups have combined forces to promote lupus awareness and disease prevention to the community through the California State Senate," stated Hollaine Hopkins, Executive Director, Lupus Foundation of Southern California.

"Recognition by State officials of the importance of Lupus awareness and advocacy work, helps to support our Lupus community in their everyday life by validating their experience with this often invisible disease.  Addressing the needs of the chronically ill through government funded research programs and through better access to healthcare are important steps in finding a cure to this devastating disease. Lupus LA commends Senator Moorlach and his colleagues in the Senate in their efforts to bring forth awareness and improved care to the Lupus community, " said Toby L. Berkow, Executive Director, LUPUS LA.

Video of Senator Moorlach's presentation of SR 65 on the Senate Floor is available HERE. More information on the SR 65 HERE.

About Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa):

State Senator John Moorlach represents the 37th district of California, is a trained Certified Financial Planner and is the only trained CPA in the California State Senate. He gained national attention 20 years ago when he was appointed Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector and helped the County recover from its bankruptcy filing - at the time the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. History.




Elizabeth Savage

It's that time of the year again.

Registration for Southern California's lupus awareness event is now open! Our 9th Annual 5K Lupus Walk, to be held on Sunday, July 10, 2016 promises to be another fun filled summer day with on-site entertainment and friends, family and community supporters cheering on our participants, and we are striving to get more of the community involved than ever before.

Date:Sunday, July 10, 2016

Time:8:00 a.m. Registration Walk starts at 9:00 a.m.

Location:Shelter Island across from 2051 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego, CA 92106

For more information go to Events – Please add link and put this wording on the Events page

Register to run or walk yourself, organize a team, raise money, and most of all, have fun! If you prefer to register offline, however, we are also glad to process your registration via mail, phone (858) 278-2788 or fax (858) 278-2782. Please click herefor more details and register today!

As with previous years, this Walk will be held on Shelter Island.  There will be prizes for top finishers in different categories for walkers, for the largest teams and the biggest fundraising teams and individuals. Most of all, every penny in net proceeds from our 5K will go directly to providing services for lupus patients in the Southern California area.

So, what are you waiting for? Register, pledge a team or a walker today!