Spirit of the Barrio

Spirit of the Barrio

Laughter is Medicine
Get ready to laugh while supporting access to high-quality health care for all!

We are thrilled to announce that Mark Christopher Lawrence (MCL), best known for his regular role as Big Mike on the NBC TV series “Chuck,” will be performing live at our next Spirit of the Barrio event. Mark your calendar for this hilarious luncheon on Friday, July 19, 2024.

MCL is a national headliner that has worked with the likes of Sinbad, Jerry Seinfeld, Rodney Dangerfield and Jeff Foxworthy. He’s a recipient of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle’s Craig Noel Award for Actor of the Year and is co-executive producer on the comedy series “Pure Laughter” on KPBS.

Date:
Friday, July 19, 2024

Time:
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. • Registration & networking with live music
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. • Program, tamales luncheon & raffle

Location:
Logan Heights Family Health Center
1809 National Avenue, San Diego CA 92113

Headliner:
Two-time Emmy® Award nominee, Mark Christopher Lawrence

Parking:
Complimentary parking is available at the Chávez campus car park.
1901 National Avenue, San Diego CA 92113

What’s included in the ticket price:
Networking opportunity, live music, parking and an exciting program while enjoying a tamales luncheon with sides and a drink.

Tickets

Single tickets: $25 • Table of eight: $180

Limited tickets available. You won’t want to miss this exclusive event; be the first to secure your spot!

MARK CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE

Producer/ Actor/ Comedian/ Emcee/ Inspirational Speaker/ Auctioneer
Mark Christopher Lawrance

MCL has been nominated for two Emmys for his work on the short film “The Flourish” and his co-produced short, “$TACK$.” He is a recipient of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle’s Craig Noel Award for Actor of the Year. He’s a national headliner that has worked with the likes of Sinbad, Jerry Seinfeld, Rodney Dangerfield and Jeff Foxworthy. He’s also headlined clubs, colleges and churches all over the U.S. and Canada. This year, MCL has garnered many accolades for his lead role in a film for the holiday season “Bringing Back Christmas” streaming now on Amazon, as well as the lead role in the PureFlix.com miniseries “Fragment:Oblivion.” MCL is best known for his series regular role as Big Mike on the NBC TV series “CHUCK.” He can be seen in Tyler Perry’s TV drama “All The Queen’s Men,” now streaming its fourth season on BET+. He can also be seen as a guest star on the sitcom “Sprung” on Freevee TV. MCL is co-executive producer on the comedy series “Pure Laughter” on KPBS. He is in pre-production on several projects as a writer and/or producer. Don’t miss MCL’s DryBar Comedy special “Mark Christopher Lawrence: Clean Outta Compton.”

Amazing raffle prizes to be won to support our cause!

Many thanks to Seaside Woodwork Studio for donating this unique handmade side table. Made from walnut and maple wood with brass strips and resin.

 

Many thanks to our sponsor, EDCO, for providing recycle and compost bins at our Spirit of the Barrio luncheons to collectively help make these events truly sustainable!

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Learn more:

For more information, or to become a SOTB sponsor, call (619) 798-3611 or email our staff.

Become a Sponsor

For almost 40 years, the Spirit of the Barrio has been a success because of the generosity of our sponsors!

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Check out our sponsorship opportunities information packet.

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 over 35 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 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!

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