‘Best Year Ever’ aims to inspire and give back
Acclaimed inspirational speakers, some from San Diego, are set to share their ideas for making 2009 the “Best Year Ever” at the Sports Arena on Jan. 17. The all-star lineup includes Ken Blanchard, author of “The One-Minute Manager,” John Gray, relationship expert and author of “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus,” and personal finance guru Suze Orman.
“Attendees will learn how to achieve their most ambitious New Year’s resolutions, get and stay healthy, increase their income, find and nurture great personal relationships, and create success and happiness in their lives,” an event press release states.
All proceeds from the event go to San Diego’s own Jenna Druck Foundation, a nonprofit with two major programs: Families Helping Families, which offers a peer-based support network for families, schools, and workplaces that have suffered loss; and Young Women’s Leadership, which provides mentoring and leadership skills development to young women, the foundation’s Web site states.
Started in 1996 by Ken Druck, the foundation honors and continues the legacy of his daughter Jenna after she was killed in a bus accident while studying abroad in India.
Ken Druck, a bereavement specialist who holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, lives in Del Mar, while some of the event’s speakers and sponsors are from La Jolla: Debbie Ford and Arielle Ford, authors and sisters, will be speaking, and two of the events major sponsors, the Doug and Betty Manchester family as well as Randy Perkins of the Private Advisory Group.
The Jenna Druck Foundation charges no fees for anything it does, Druck said. “We’re considered to be resources to the community, to help people cope with tragedies and natural disasters.”
They’ve done so for a dozen years, and now the community is donating back. Druck said all of the speakers are donating their fees, the Sports Arena is donating the venue, many of the arena’s union workers are donating their time and Viejas Casino is donating the sound and lighting for the event.
“We feel very blessed and grateful that we couldn’t do this without the generosity of our community,” Druck said.
Tickets for “Make 2009 Your Best Year Ever” start at $39. Event information is available at