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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