were among those honored for their leadership and community service March 8, during the 48th annual Salvation Army Women of Dedication Luncheon at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina on Harbor Island.
is founder of the La Jolla Art and Wine Festival benefiting La Jolla elementary and middle schools, and was also instrumental in founding the Pediatric Diabetes Research Center at UC San Diego. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Channel 10 News Leadership Award and City of Hope’s Mother of the Year award.
is director of development for A Reason to Survive (ARTS), a nonprofit that provides therapeutic arts programming and education to youth dealing with major life challenges. An artist herself, she is known for her colorful mosaic murals at Bird Rock Elementary School (where she taught for several years).
A former top model, Stephens has chaired many fundraising events, including the Las Patronas Jewel Ball, and those benefiting the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, La Jolla High School and the National Charity League.
Ahern and Stephens, along with 12 other honorees, had their praises sung to them — literally — in the form of popular tunes delivered by the San Diego Master Chorale. The lyrics were changed to extol each woman’s achievements and attributes.
Women also receiving awards with La Jolla ties included: Catherine A. Blair (for her work with The Bishop’s School, where she has served as director of college counseling and dean of academic resources), and Reinette Levine (for her work with La Jolla Playhouse and UCSD Cardiovascular Center).
The lunch was a fundraiser for the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary of San Diego County.