By Susan DeMaggio
Two Rancho Santa Fe residents were among The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary 2014 “Women of Dedication,” selected for their outstanding service work in the community. The honorees were introduced Nov. 7 at a Presentation Tea hosted by member Terry Cooper at her La Jolla home.
Rosalie Gerevas and Rosalie Camacho of Rancho Santa Fe will join other area humanitarians to be feted at the 49th annual Women of Dedication luncheon and fundraiser, Tuesday, April 9 at the San Diego Sheraton Hotel & Marina.
The Women of Dedication (WoD) were chosen by an anonymous selection committee comprised of five previous WoD, who met to review the nominations submitted by other past WoD recipients.
Among the many programs supported by The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary are The Door of Hope (for pregnant teens), The Haven (a therapeutic group home for foster care teens who are parenting), Transitional Living Center (for homeless mothers and children), Adult Rehabilitation Center Women’s Residence, and Betty’s House, a residential program for victims of human trafficking.
For more information about joining or supporting the Women’s Auxiliary, visit sandiego.salvationarmy.org or call Pamela Lennen at (619) 446-0273.
Rosalie Gerevas is currently serving as Board Chair for Senior Community Centers, which provides meals and supportive services to seniors living in poverty. This year, Senior Community Centers will serve 500,000 meals at their congregate and home delivered sites while providing health services, affordable housing and life-long learning opportunities for seniors living at or below the Federal poverty level.
Gerevas has also worked with the San Diego Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure serving first as the Education Chair and then as president of the Affiliate for four years. She has also chaired the Komen San Diego Race for the Cure 4 times, one of the largest road races in San Diego County with more than 15,000 participants. While working with Komen, Gerevas received the Komen Cameo award and was voted the Komen San Diego Volunteer of the Year.
Other organizations in San Diego that Gerevas has been involved in include the San Diego Women’s Foundation where she worked with the Grants Committee and the Fairbanks Republican Women Federated serving as Membership Chair and then Programs Chair. She received their “Woman of the Year” award in 2006.
Her work history as a health educator includes teaching and training instructors for Jacki Sorensen’s Aerobic Dancing and coordinating three Danceathons in the Los Angeles area benefiting Special Olympics and several “Dance for Heart” events benefiting the American Heart Association.
Born and raised in New York City as part of a large extended Italian American family, Gerevas has a love of the Italian language, culture and cuisine and she and her husband of 46 years enjoy traveling to Italy and exploring the different regions. Gerevas’s favorite way to spend her free time is with her husband, two grown children, their spouses and her granddaughter Sophia.
As a third generation San Diegan, Rosalie Camacho has spent much of her life supporting her beloved community. In all of her endeavors, she aims to inspire hope in the hearts of those most in need with a hands-on approach.
She especially loves serving with the ladies of Las Provedores del Norte, The Creative Yarn Group and the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary. Active on many boards, Camacho is vice president for Summerbridge San Diego, a 20-year-old nonprofit serving disadvantaged youth with a summer academic camp. She’s served the boards of the National Kidney Foundation of San Diego, El Museo del Pueblo, the La Jolla Debutante Society and Project Safe House. Her pride and joy however, is the Salvation Army’s S.T.E.P.S. program, benefiting homeless men and ex-convicts. She wholeheartedly believes S.T.E.P.S. gives deserving men the second chance and practical skills to empower them to re-enter society with confidence and pride.
She’s enjoyed steering numerous golf tournaments and auctions for The John Brockington Foundation, Wounded Marine Project, Knights of Columbus, National Kidney Foundation and the Chargers Bolt Pride Fan Club. Camacho passionately contributes to the revitalization of Barrio Logan, hoping to share her local pride in the rich history of San Diego’s hidden jewel. She supports the maintenance of the magnificent murals of Chicano Park and strives to preserve the Jose Moya Del Piño art collection by finding a proper place for it to be seen by all. Camacho has the standalone spirit to speak up on behalf of others, to fight for those most in need, and to encourage others to contribute to make San Diego the very best it can be.
When Camacho is not championing for a noble cause, she plays the steel drums with Kienga Music in Carlsbad and teaches water aerobics with a mind-body-spirit approach. She has two fabulous daughters, Rachel and Chelsea, and has been happily married to Ramon Camacho, co-owner of J.R. Construction, for 29 years.