by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photo by Samantha Gleaton Photography

Passionate Volunteers

volunteer_coredllastory2Brisha Cordella and Sharone Story both reside in Carlsbad and love its sense of community. “My neighbors have become some of my best friends,” said Brisha. “I enjoy the weather and it’s what I consider home!” exclaimed Sharone. But that’s not all these two women have in common. They also share a passion for giving back to the Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad (BGCC) – a nonprofit that provides young people ages six to 18 with unique opportunities and activities through education, arts, leadership, and sports – and where they both serve on the board of directors.

“I worked for San Diego Gas & Electric and they asked me if I would be interested in sitting on the board,” recalled Brisha of her introduction to BGCC. “I’ve always had a passion for working with children so I jumped at the opportunity, and after one visit to the Club I was hooked. I couldn’t get over what an amazing and safe place it is for our kids.”

Sharone, who grew up attending her local Girls Club, had somewhat of a different story. “The staff, programs, and enriching experiences made a profound impact on my life,” she remembered. “When I started my own business, it was important to me to make more time to give back, volunteer, and serve in our community. I requested to learn more about joining the board and so it began.”

Name: Sharone Story
Profession: Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer for Creative Food Innovations, LLC
Community: Bressi Ranch
Hobbies: Cooking, travel, movies, wine, family
Favorite Local Spots: South Carlsbad State Beach, Naked Café, Paon Restaurant & Wine Bar, Blue Ocean Robata and Sushi Bar

Name: Brisha Cordella
Profession: PMO Manager
Community: Seabright
Hobbies: Exercise of any kind
Favorite Local Spots: Ruby’s Diner, Agua Hedionda Discovery Center, La Costa Wine Co.

volunteer_coredllastory3As board members, the two women help raise funds to support BGCC programs. “The money we help raise also goes towards scholarships for those who otherwise couldn’t attend the Club,” Brisha added. “Each board member makes a commitment to give or get financial contributions, volunteer at our Clubs, participate in fundraising events, and attend our monthly board meetings,” explained Sharone, who, after a year serving on the board of directors, was elected to the executive committee. “My main role is to spearhead the BGCC Kids Campaign, the primary resource supporting financial assistance offered to members and their families,” she elaborated.

This past year, Brisha and Sharone organized the Taste of Bressi Festival, BGCC’s annual fundraiser which benefits its Kids Campaign. “After a few meetings, and many shared ideas, we landed on an afternoon beer, wine, and food festival,” said the women of the fundraiser. “We reduced the ticket price to attract a broader demographic of people, secured dozens of vendors to donate their goods, and added live music.” The event ended up being a great success, doubling their financial goal.

Although Brisha and Sharone are overjoyed with the success of their fundraising, they remain hopeful for BGCC’s future. “I wish for the Clubs to have the ability to open a third location,” stated Brisha. “We have families on waiting lists for our programs, and I’d love to be able to serve all that want to join,” added Sharone.