Salvation Army’s ‘Women of Dedication’: Three La Jollans among those honored for community service


The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary announced its 52nd annual Women of Dedication honorees at a reception Nov. 3 at the La Jolla Country Club, chaired by Joye Blount, Jeri Rovsek and Delores McNeely. Three of the 12 award recipients for 2017 are La Jollans — Sally Fuller, Tracy Lyon and Caroline Nierenberg.

The women will be honored for their long-time philanthropic efforts at a spring luncheon, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. The luncheon doubles as a benefit for Centre City Community Corps and Auxiliary supported Salvation Army programs in San Diego County.

The other 2017 Women of Dedication are Dee Ammon, Rosemary White Pope, Evangeline Sharpe, Susan Hoehn, Joani Wafer, Norma Jones, Yolanda Selene Walther–Meade, Nayda Locke and Olga Worm.

Started in 1965 as a fundraiser for The Salvation Army, the goal behind the Women of Dedication program was to honor powerful and influential women in the community. Being selected is an honor that is bestowed by former Women of Dedication through a selection process with numerous steps.

La Jolla’s 2017 Honorees

Sally Fuller: Sally was born and raised in Davenport and attended Connecticut College for Women and University of Iowa. As a young married mother of four sons, she moved to California and continued her education at UC Berkeley and San Jose State University.

She later married Alvan T. Fuller of Boston, moved to La Jolla and began her real estate career in 1969. In 47 years Sally has been with several firms, including Prudential for 21 years and Gallery Properties of La Jolla since 2009.

Her philanthropy began in Iowa and once in San Diego, she joined the Junior League and went on to serve as president of the La Jolla Chapter of the San Diego Opera, president of the La Jolla San Diego Symphony Woman’s Association and Cultural Chairman of San Diego/Tijuana Sister City.

Sally is vice-president of Club Altura and has served countless community arts, charity and civic organizations including La Jolla Rotary; La Jolla Presbyterian Church; La Jolla Town Council; Athenaeum Music & Arts Library; La Jolla Music Society, San Diego Youth Symphony’s Angels’; San Diego Symphony; Charter 100; La Jolla Community Planning Association; St. Germaine’s Children’s Charity and La Jolla Republican Women Federation.

Sally loves sports, is a member of the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, and competes in national tennis tournaments.

Tracy Lyon: Tracy’s family moved to Jolla in the 1930s, however, she was born in Topeka, Kansas where her father was stationed in the U.S. Airforce. Two days after she was born, the family moved back to La Jolla and she has lived here since. She is a SDSU alumnus and director of business development for Coffman Engineering.

Tracy joined Las Patronas in 2003 and finished her tour of duty as president in 2010. She is currently an Advisory in Las Patronas, serving her second term as an Advisory Representative.

In 2016, she chaired the Sharp Grossmont Foundation Homes for Hospice Regatta and will also chair the 2017 event. The Foundation operates solely to provide end-of-life care and compassionate support to patients facing life-threatening illnesses, as well as to help support their families and friends.

Tracy is the San Diego Chapter Chair for the Design Build Institute of America, and is on its board. She is also on the San Diego/Imperial County Make-A-Wish Foundation board. She has been married to architect Mark Lyon for 33 years and has two children, a daughter Lane and son Sean, who is an assistant producer for Fox Sports and the San Diego Padres.

Caroline Nierenberg: Caroline grew up in Sacramento, hailing from a large family with two sisters and five brothers. She was inspired to do community service by her mother, who always found time to volunteer in the PTA and the church, even while taking care of her huge household.

Prior to moving to San Diego in 2000, Caroline worked in her children’s classrooms and on community fundraisers. Once in San Diego, she joined the Foundation of La Jolla High School and served as Allocations Chair. She joined Las Patronas and served as chair of the 2008 Jewel Ball. She went on to chair galas for Sanford Burnham Prebys Institute and KPBS.

Currently, she is treasurer for Patrons of the Prado. When she isn’t balancing the books, she is quilting or out on the trail with her horse, Caspar.

Caroline lives in La Jolla with her husband, Nico, and her two Scottie dogs, Bonnie and Strudel. Her daughter, Anna, lives in Columbus, Ohio where she is completing a fellowship at Ohio State University. Her son, William, lives in La Jolla and works as a consultant in the energy resources field.

— Biographies supplied by The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary

IF YOU GO: The 52nd annual Women of Dedication Luncheon fundraiser is set for 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. All are invited to attend. Tickets are $125 at and