The honor came on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice.
Phil’s BBQ, a popular establishment on Sports Arena Boulevard, might be lesser known for the many philanthropic ventures of Pace and Loya. The two support a number of charities through cash donations, sponsorships and other awareness campaigns.
Some of the highlights include raising $38,000 in 2009 and $40,000 in 2010 for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters mentoring program to assist children of parents deployed in the military. The pair also helped raise $10,000 at the Shamu & You Family Fun Walk for Rady Children’s Hospital, and have given personal donations to the San Diego Humane Society totaling $17,000 since 2008.
The Inspiration Awards program was conceived by R.J. Kelly, founder and president of Wealth Legacy Group, as a vehicle by which to connect and inspire others to follow in the footsteps of socially-minded business leaders.
The ceremony featured presentations by speakers Ken Blanchard, nationally recognized leadership and management guru, and Randy Ataide, executive director at the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute, Point Loma Nazarene University.
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