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Celebrate the Preuss Promise

Preuss Benefit 2017

Since The Preuss School UCSD opened its doors in 1999, the school has served as a beacon of opportunity, providing low-income and first-generation students with a pathway to a brighter future. Our annual benefit, The Preuss Promise, helps ensure that we can continue to provide the transformative power of a Preuss education.

Please join Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla for what promises to be an inspirational evening of fun.

Friday, April 28, 2017

6 p.m. Cocktail Reception featuring Preuss Student Exhibitions
7 p.m. Dinner, Keynote Address and Raise the Paddle

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Cocktail attire

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Astrid Solorzano

Astrid Solorzano“If you had asked me at 10 years old where I saw myself as an adult, I wouldn’t have guessed I would grow up to be a TV reporter that little girls like me could look up to,” said Astrid Solorzano. Astrid, a 2007 Preuss School alumna and current news reporter for NBC 7 San Diego, went on to say, “I know for a fact, I would not be where I am today if it were not for the people who believed in me at The Preuss School.”

Astrid came to The Preuss School UCSD in sixth grade with little expectation that she would attend a four-year college in the future. With the help of dedicated teachers and her committed mother, Astrid graduated from The Preuss School and earned her undergraduate degree in Global Studies at UC Santa Barbara. During her time at UCSB, she participated in University of California's Inter-Campus Transfer Program, attending both UCLA and the UC Washington D.C. Center.

Astrid began her career as a reporter during her undergraduate years. She worked on-air during her time as an intern for Univision's local affiliates in Santa Barbara and Washington D.C. After graduating from UCSB, she went on to earn her master's degree in journalism at the University of Southern California. Before returning to her hometown of San Diego, Astrid worked as a general assignment reporter in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Working as a Latina reporter who began her career in Spanish, Astrid quickly learned that the Latino community is underrepresented in English newscasts. As a result, she was inspired to ensure that this growing community receives accurate representation in the mainstream English news industry.


Tickets: $525 per ticket ($425 tax-deductible)

Table: $5,000 per table ($4,000 tax-deductible)


Thank you to our generous sponsors including:

Charles Bergan and Lisa Kanetake
Darcy and Robert Bingham
Malin and Roberta Burnham
Susan and Bill Hoehn
Eric and Benedicte Otterson
Bob and Sheryl Scarano
The Socol Family

Estancia La Jolla


Lockton Insurance Brokers

Union Bank

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Stephanie Venti at (858) 822-4239 or sventi@ucsd.edu.


Honorary Committee

Peter G. and Peggy Preuss, Chairs
K. Andrew Achterkirchen
Darcy and Robert Bingham
Amy Chiu
Maureen Dulbecco
Ann and Robert C. Dynes
Phyllis and Dan Epstein
Anne Evans
Wain and Debby Fishburn
Erica Pascal and Michael Hostetler
Irwin and Joan Jacobs
John and Gabi Otterson
Antonio and Maria Grillo-Lopez
Karen Lane and Walter Eckhart
Sandra Timmons and Richard Sandstrom
Pat and Chris Weil

Event Committee

Peter J. Preuss, Chair
Jawid Habib ’06
Kristina Hess
Matthew F. Weil

Make a Gift

Support the program or initiative at Preuss that is most meaningful to you. Gifts of any size make a valuable and immediate difference.

For questions, contact Kaitlan Young at kdyoung@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-1404.