Reception held for women honored in photo exhibit


“Notes to Our Sons and Daughters: My Sister’s Voice” is a one-of-a-kind photographic exhibition that was held June 6 in downtown San Diego. The exhibition featured 40 remarkable women from all ages and walks of life. One of the honorees, Rancho Santa Fe resident Ruth Westreich, a philanthropist and artist, made necklaces for all of the honorees. As one of the event’s honorary chairs, she presented the women with the necklaces during a private reception held June 5 at her Fairbanks Ranch home.

Proceeds from the June 6 exhibition event benefit the Center for Community Solutions (CCS), a San Diego nonprofit that operates the only rape crisis center in the city of San Diego along with a countywide 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline. Founded in 1969, CCS serves more than 11,000 adults and children each year through emergency domestic violence shelters, hospital and court accompaniment, as well as legal and counseling services for those affected by rape, domestic violence and elder abuse.

A book featuring the black and white photos, as well as bios of the women, is available online. Proceeds will also benefit CCS.

For more information about CCS, visit


For more information about The Westreich Foundation, visit

Photos/McKenzie Images