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1208728_10202284165444999_1106927567_n copyQ: How long have you been volunteering with the San Diego Professionals Against Cancer?

A: I have been lucky enough to be involved with SDPAC for about 8 years now

Q: How did you first get involved with the SDPAC?

A: I actually was very lucky, I found the event on craigslist. I was relatively new to the area, and I was looking for something fun to do.  The first event I participated in, I ended up helping get all the volunteers to where they should go, and again, was lucky to meet some of the coordinators.  Things just went from there!

Q: Do you have a specific role as a volunteer?

A: The first year I participated as a volunteer, but ended up helping Carri (then volunteer coordinator now President of SDPAC) with the volunteers instead of pouring beers. That was the beginning of our friendship and my involvement with SDPAC. I was Co Volunteer Coordinator until 2 years ago when I was asked to join the board.

Q: What keeps you passionate about volunteering with the SDPAC every year?

A: Honestly, the people I work with to put the event on.  The only way I can keep coming back is the fact that we have the best group.  That, and the day of is thrilling. It is so much work, and takes all year to get to this one day.  But when you are in the middle of it, and seeing how much fun people are having, it makes it great. What makes it even more worth it, is knowing that all the proceeds we make goes directly to charity. We’ve done a lot of good over the year, and I’m looking for to continue to do more.  We are around $600k raised, and I’m hope I’m around when we hit 1 MILLION.

1185022_10151868568008608_638130085_nQ: In the past you’ve been interviewed on-air as a SDPAC spokesperson, what were those experiences like?

A: Really fun! And really scary.  I ALWAYS forget something that I wanted to say..and usually not the same thing every time.  I don’t mind speaking in front of people – but with the lights and camera on you…it brings it to a new level.  The worst part is watching myself after.  But I love this event, and spreading the word about it brings more people aware of our cause.

Q: What’s your favorite watering hole in San Diego?

A: I love Barelymash for the sports and atmosphere! Quality Social and Currant have some of the best happy hours – Cusp is a new fav for the view alone. We live in a great city with many options; I can’t wait to find my new favorite spot.

Q: Do you have a signature drink?

A: Depends on the occasion.  A good Moscow Mule with vodka is a fav, or just a nice glass of wine. Cider is my go to for lunch or sports games.

10346112_10152621117723608_6440040871176296471_nQ: What are you most excited about for this year’s festival?

A: I’m most excited about being involved in the 20th year!  To be part of the original beer fest, and the best in my biased opinion, is amazing. Over 500 people coming together in one night to volunteer their time and energy to this great cause is the absolute best and I’m honored to be apart of it.  That being said, I’m excited to try all the new cider at the festival.  And see how this new venue goes.

Can’t wait to see everyone there Sept 19th!