Almost 4 years ago to the day San Diego had experienced what, at the time, seemed like the worst fires to date. Fast forward to October 2007…While the Human Factor Family was busy preparing for the first benefit of its existence, tragedy hit San Diego once again.

On paper the fires rumbled through thousands of homes leaving no kitchen utensil, black business sock, or even the smallest stuffed animal untouched. In person the rage of the flames melted the heart of every San Diegan.

The Human Factor Family watched helplessly as so many others did, wanting to do more but not sure how. After a week of dismay and the air still smelling of the fires, we decided to follow through with our commitment to the students of the Academy. Hoping that the night would give our friends and family the opportunity to get away, we opened the doors at Gateway Church in El Cajon to celebrate and educate all in attendance as to What Is Human Factor Leadership Academy.

Some came to hear what it was all about, some came to understand better how they could be involved. There were over 250 guests the night of the special event. Mark Grant of the San Diego Padres was the MC for the night, volunteering his time to help in any way he could. There were snacks, drinks, and amazing raffle packages that would end up going home with some very generous ticket buyers. Some of the prizes won the night of the event were; Charger tickets, a Jake Peavy (CY young award winner) autographed baseball, over 35 restaurant gift cards, 2 new surfboards, an XBOX 360, a flat screen television, and much more. Although the guests were excited about what they had the opportunity to leave with, they were more excited to learn what they could do to be a part of something bigger than themselves.

The benefit proved to be a wonderful night out! The Human Factor Leadership Academy raised over $21,000 the night of the event. Thank you so much to all that attended. Please continue to share your excitement with your family and friends about the Academy, as we continue to keep our promises of building an environment that will be used to educate honest and compassionate leaders. Our hearts and prayers continue to go out to the families who lost their homes in the fires. Each life is precious and we are thankful for the firefighters and community of San Diego for helping preserve what is most valuable, human life. Thank you and see you at the next event!