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Spirit of the Barrio
San Diego Padres: What’s Ahead for the ’21 Season?

It’s baseball season, and we’re pleased to announce a special Spirit of the Barrio event with San Diego Padres’ team leadership and announcing team on Friday, May 21! Join Family Health Centers of San Diego, along with Tom Seidler and Carlos Hernandez, to hear about the Padres season plans, post-season hopes and how the team is connecting with the community.

Friday, May 21, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
via Zoom

Register and submit your questions at the link below! Event information will be emailed.

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About Our Speakers

Tom Seidler
Senior Vice President, Community & Military Affairs

Tom Seidler enters his 31st season in professional baseball, and his ninth with the Padres. Seidler oversaw the launch of the Padres Volunteer Team, a regional volunteer force created to give back to the greater San Diego area. In six years, the Volunteer Team has engaged over 6,000 members of the community and provided over 29,000 volunteer hours and $740,000 of value to local nonprofits.

Seidler oversaw food insecurity efforts for the Padres during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Over the last seven years, Padres’ efforts raised more than $13,000,000 for cancer research and treatment centers in San Diego. As President of the Padres Foundation, Seidler managed a series of 50th anniversary community projects in 2019, the biggest single-year charitable initiative for the franchise.

Prior to joining the Padres, Seidler was an owner/operator in minor league baseball for 20 years, working in Florida, Montana, California and Venezuela. Seidler earned a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a MBA from Vanderbilt University. He currently serves on the board of directors of Padres Pedal the Cause and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.

Carlos Hernandez
Padres Color Analyst on FOX Deportes

In 2021, Carlos Hernandez enters his 10th season as the main Padres Color Analyst on FOX Deportes, following a Major League playing career that spanned 11 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1990-96), San Diego Padres (1997-2000) and St. Louis Cardinals (2000).

Signed by the Dodgers as a free agent in 1984, Hernandez became the second Venezuelan catcher in MLB history. In his first full season as a regular catch for the Padres, Hernandez batted .262 with nine home runs and 52 RBI in 129 games played. He finished his career batting .253 (315-1244) with 24 home runs, 141 RBI, 102 runs, 51 doubles, one triple and one stolen base in 488 games played. In 22 postseason games, he hit .299 (20-67) with one home run and two RBI.

In 2004, Hernandez led the Toros de Tijuana to the playoffs as manager of the Mexican Summer League team. Hernandez returned to the Padres in 2005, serving as the club’s catching coordinator until 2007. He managed the prestigious Leones del Caracas Venezuelan Winter League club from 2006-08 and was the catching coordinator for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2010-13.

SOTB Archives

Missed one of our Spirit of the Barrio webinars? Now you can watch past recordings and view the webinar slides by visiting our archives.

History of SOTB:

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 30 years ago. From Former Mayor Jerry Sanders to Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, the list of previous Spirit of the Barrio guest speakers is both notable and expansive.
The list includes leaders from our local professional sport teams, such as the former San Diego Chargers Head Coaches and players, a former San Diego Padres CEO, the Padres radio announcer and the San Diego State University Aztec Athletics Department. We’ve even hosted the Associate Director of the U.S. Olympic Training Center!
Entertainers, authors and community leaders have also graced our stage. From motivational speakers to playwrights to comedians to actors, we’ve had all kinds of entertainment for our audience, which is made up of friends, peers, sponsors and community leaders.
One of our most-attended Spirit of the Barrio luncheons was in September of 2015, and featured a panel discussion on homelessness and affordable housing in San Diego. Panelists included The Honorable Toni Atkins, Speaker of the California State Assembly, as well as Rick Gentry of the San Diego Housing Commission, Bob McElroy of Alpha Project and Deacon Jim Vargas of Father Joe’s Villages. The conversation around this issue was emceed by 10News’ Kimberly Hunt. It was a successful event!
The Spirit of the Barrio luncheon is a celebrated part of Family Health Centers of San Diego’s history and is still held at the site of our flagship clinic, Logan Heights Family Health Center (1809 National Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113) in the Barrio Logan neighborhood. The luncheons are open to the public and also always feature regionally unique raffle and silent auction prizes.
We hope to see you at an upcoming Spirit of the Barrio!

Become a Sponsor:

For 30 years, the Spirit of the Barrio has remained a success because of the generosity of our sponsors!

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Check out our Sponsorship Opportunities information packet.

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Fiesta Grande Sponsors


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Benefactor & Patron Sponsors


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Learn more:

For more information, or to become a SOTB Sponsor, contact our Development Team at (619) 515-2306 or development@fhcsd.org.

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