MEDIA ADVISORY - AUGUST 1, 2016
Soldiers Who Salsa (SWS) today announced that the organization’s Executive Director, Jennifer Ables, has been named a finalist for San Diego Magazine’s 2016 Woman of the Year Awards. All finalists will be featured in San Diego Magazine’s September issue, which comes out August 19. The Woman of the Year will be announced at the Celebrating Women event on September 28, 2016 at MCASD La Jolla.
“I am very honored by this nomination,” said Ables. “I am very passionate about the work that I do for our nation’s service members on a daily basis, and I hope that any recognition like this only elevates our cause and our ability to transform the lives of our students.” In addition to Executive Director, Ables is one of the founders of the organization, and has seen it grow from one lunchtime class in 2010 to 15 weekly classes nationwide.
ABOUT THE AWARD:
San Diego Magazine’s Woman of the Year Award is given to one woman each year who has worked tirelessly to affect positive change and enhance the community. She is an unabashed leader, champion of helping others, and widely respected by her peers for her measurable success in business and outstanding character.
Nominations are evaluated based on the following categories:
- Passion and mission
- Challenges and perseverance
- Personal integrity, charitable contributions and volunteer work
- Humanitarian/social enterprise
Since its founding in 2010, Soldiers Who Salsa has made it its mission to enhance and enrich the lives of wounded, ill and injured active duty and veteran service members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families through a unique program incorporating therapeutic and social dancing with a variety of music and professional instruction. Classes are open to all military personnel and their families, and are provided at no cost to patients thanks to the generosity of donors. What started as a single class, has grown to 15 weekly classes nationwide, serving active duty military personnel and veterans from age 18 to 81.