SAN DIEGO, CA – (March 12, 2024) Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) kicked off their annual quarterly Spirit of the Barrio luncheon with an inside look at the Padres upcoming season. The program included an in-depth overview of Petco Park upgrades, an exclusive look at new Padres swag and took questions from the audience of nearly 300 guests.

ABC 10’s own Ben Higgins served as master of ceremonies and kicked off the event with a never-before-seen pump-up video for the 2024 Padres season. Vice President Sergio Del Prado then delivered a presentation that gave attendees a first look at the Padres up and coming stars, an introduction to new Padres manager, Mike Shildt, and indicated that the organization is invested in bringing a World Series trophy to San Diego in the coming years.

Former Padres silver slugger, MLB All-Star and team MVP, Mark Loretta, was also on hand, recounting his days playing with the Padres and now serving as a special advisor for the team since 2022. Loretta was joined by the Eduardo Ortega, the 37-year Spanish language media veteran and voice of the Padres. Ortega recalled his days growing up watching the Padres in his home city of Tijuana, hoping to one day be a broadcaster.

Ben Higgins then moderated a Q&A session, including crowd questions about new player additions to the Padres lineup, where the team sees itself strategically in the next few years, and gratitude from fans for the Padres past, present, and future work to not only make the baseball game experience the best in the MLB, but their commitment to the community in San Diego.

“We’re so grateful that that Padres donated not only their time but also an incredible program, as well as some one-of-a-kind auction prizes, of which the funds will go back into FHCSD’s mission and vision – bringing high-quality health care to traditionally underserved communities in San Diego, regardless of ability to pay,” commented FHCSD CEO, Fran Butler-Cohen. “You could truly feel the energy of the crowd as they had a unique opportunity to engage with Padres leadership and All-Star Mark Loretta. We look forward to working with them to carry on the late Peter Seidler’s vision of serving the most vulnerable San Diegans.”

Attendees also enjoyed Spirit of the Barrio’s famous tamale lunch, with the event being named “The Best Way to Spend Your Lunch Hour” by San Diego Magazine. FHCSD is looking forward to continuing to provide thought provoking conversations through these incredible events in 2024.

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About Spirit of the Barrio
Since 1986, Family Health Centers of San Diego’s Spirit of the Barrio luncheons have spread awareness about our mission to provide high-quality health care to underserved communities across San Diego, while also presenting a variety of themes to our guests as they dine on our legendary tamales. The event promises to inform, educate and entertain its hundreds of audience members and does so through a diverse list of guest speakers and subjects. We’ve hosted prominent community leaders and local stars as speakers and entertainers since the luncheon began over 30 years ago.

About Family Health Centers of San Diego
For over 50 years, Family Health Centers of San Diego’s (FHCSD) mission has been to provide caring, affordable, high-quality health care and supportive services to everyone, with a special commitment to uninsured, low-income and medically underserved persons. FHCSD is one of the nation’s ten largest FQHCs, operating over 70 sites across San Diego County and providing care to more than 227,000 patients each year, of whom 91% are low-income and 29% are uninsured.