December 13, 2002

Generous Hands Aid Project Concern’s Annual Fundraising Efforts

Project Concern International (PCI) raised more than $235,000 at their recent 12th Annual “Hands Across the Border” Dinner and Auction which took place at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Proceeds from the fundraiser are applied towards improving community health conditions, such as basic medical care and supplies, immunizations for children, and to provide nutritious meals and clean water supplies along the San Diego/Mexico border.

Dr. Jim Turpin and wife Wrenn, Founder of Project Concern International

Nearly 600 supporters from San Diego and beyond enjoyed an action-packed evening of auction bidding on rare and exotic items such as alpaca wool shawls from Bolivia, wall hangings and pillow covers from India, intricate carved boxes from Indonesia, fantasy getaway vacations, yacht excursions, plane rides, private gourmet dinners prepared by world famous chefs and several other local San Diego treasures. Maggie Watkins of Luce Forward and John Collins of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton, chaired the event. Anne Otterson of La Jolla served as the Ambassador Circle Chair.

A highlight of the evening was the introduction of the Immunization Campaign, where participants bid to immunize children through donations. The introduction was made by the founder of PCI, Dr. Jim Turpin. Turpin, a doctor originally from Coronado, founded Project Concern International in 1961 in San Diego after an emotional trip to a medical clinic in Tijuana. Since the inception of PCI, dozens of clinics have been opened worldwide, providing critical medical care to those in need.

About Project Concern

Project Concern is a non-profit international health organization that saves the lives of children by preventing disease and by providing access to clean water and nutritious food. Project Concern’s programs in the United States and eleven other countries around the world provide health care to more than three million people each year. Visit for more information

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