Living to Give

Ann Wycoff | October 25, 2017 | Feature National

Five philanthropists making a difference in San Diego
Molly Eldredge

Project Concern International (PCI)

Inspired by her teenage daughters’ life-altering experiences in India with Project Concern International and The Bishop School, Molly Eldredge found herself traveling with venerable philanthropist and PCI ambassador Anne Otterson to learn about the organization’s work in India. With a mission to enhance health, end hunger and overcome hardship worldwide, PCI helps more than 10 million people each year in 16 different countries. “I met some of the children my own children had bonded with and saw the transformational work PCI does in regard to street orphans, shelters and maternal health programs in remote villages.” An across-the-border trip with Dr. Jim Turpin, who founded PCI 61 years ago when he saved two children dying of pneumonia in a Tijuana clinic, further engaged Eldredge, who became an active PCI Ambassador. She channels her passion into PCI’s Healthy Start program for mothers and children and the anti-trafficking initiatives in the San Diego/Tijuana border region. “PCI has partnered with several government, private and public agencies to educate, raise awareness and prevent trafficking. It’s an $800 million annual industry right here in our backyard.” Recognized for her dedication to PCI, she received the first Anne Otterson Community Connector Award at the Hands Across Borders gala this month. “I was so humbled and honored. Anne was such an incredible woman, friend and mentor to me—the epitome of grace and grit and the first to roll up her sleeves. She left all of us with a beautiful legacy.” Eldredge carries on this legacy by fostering the philanthropic spirit in her own children and the next generation. “I am a huge advocate for any of our children to get outside of their comfort zones and experience the real world, to see how much need there is. There’s so much to do right here in San Diego, it doesn’t mean having to go across the globe.”


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