Reena Horowitz chairs spring gala April 6 in La Jolla in support of foster youth on their own

In honor of her dedication to the Just in Time for Foster Youth organization, the La Jolla Light posed its 10 Questions to philanthropist Reena Horowitz.

Reena Horowitz. Photo by Michael C. Campbell 2013

Former foster youth, community volunteers, civic leaders and Nashville recording artist, Jimmy Wayne (himself a former foster youth) will come together for Just in Time for Foster Youth’s 10th anniversary gala, “Help from the Heart,” 6-9 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines.

Reena and Sam Horowitz and Wendy Walker and Randall Woods are chairing the black-tie event.

The gala will raise funds to support programs that assist 18-year-olds leaving the foster care system with little or no family support with housing, college resources and community networks. Last year, that meant more than 600 young men and women were helped and now know someone believes in them and their futures.

The gala will include a car raffle with the grand prize: a 36-month/10,000 miles per year lease on a 2013 FIAT 500. Just 2,000 tickets will be sold at $99 per ticket. For gala reservations, go to

What brought you to La Jolla?

I came here as a child. We lived in Milwaukee and one cold winter my father was attracted by the return address on an uncle’s letter: “San Diego, CA — Paradise on Earth!”

What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?

I would like to be able to improve the parking and the traffic situation into and out of La Jolla and also, I would enjoy a multiplex in the Village.

Who or what inspires you?

I’m inspired by great minds, good hearts and beautiful sunsets (best viewed with good music).

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

In addition to my husband: Shakespeare, DaVinci, Machiavelli, Hillary Clinton, E.E. Cummings.

What are you currently reading?

I am reading a very touching novel, “The Language of Flowers,” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh and a thought-provoking non-fiction book, “The End of Illness,” by David Agus, M.D.

What is it that you most dislike?

I find it hard to accept hatred and cruelty.

What is your most-prized possession?

I enjoy many of the beautiful things I have, but I prize most my family and dear friends.

What do you do for fun?

Read, watch movies, go out with friends and travel.

What is your motto or philosophy of life?

Life is short, make the most of it; and give back to help others.

What would be your dream vacation?

Being with people I love in London, Paris, Madrid or any place in Italy!

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