8 People Making a Difference in San Diego

Angela Ashman, Alana Bracken, Helena Kontos, Kirk Mattu, Meg McGuire and Kalah Siegel | November 8, 2016 | Feature Features

A look at the do-gooders and organizations that prove generosity is always in style.
Solana Beach's Dr. Melanie Palm offers cosmetic services free of charge to women with disfiguring injuries.

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"I love what I do, but I love giving back even more,” says Dr. Melanie Palm, the dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon behind Art of Skin MD in Solana Beach. Since 2011, Palm has been an integral part of Angel Faces (angelfaces.com), the national nonprofit based in Encinitas that provides assistance for girls and young women with disfiguring injuries. In addition to joining the board last year, she regularly speaks at workshops and retreats, supports the annual gala (this year’s Evening With Angels is Dec. 2) and will host a fundraiser at her home in the spring. Ultimately, Palm’s goal is to create a network of doctors around the world who, like herself, will provide treatment for these young women free of charge.

The Athletes
These three trailblazers are carving out a new legacy while making a difference.

Mark Grant
The San Diego Padres’ color commentator (and former starting pitcher) is the spokesperson for St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center while also supporting Rady Children’s Hospital, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Down Syndrome Association of San Diego. As the man himself would say, that’s some kind of nice!

Marshall Faulk
SDSU alumni and NFL superstar (the only player to ever amass 12,000 yards rushing and 6,000 yards receiving), now pro football analyst, started his namesake foundation in 1994, dedicated to creating brighter futures for underprivileged youth. Today, the organizaton is one of the biggest athlete-built nonprofits in town.

Tony Gwynn Jr.
This former Padre is carrying on his father’s (baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn) legacy by heading up the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation, which provides financial and educational resources to underserved San Diegans. The S.D. native also recently started Gwynn Baseball­—a program dedicated to developing the physical strength and skills of young athletes. Home run!


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