Salvation Army honors Rancho Santa Fe resident Andrea Naversen for her service to others

Rancho Santa Fe resident Andrea Naversen was honored for her leadership and community service March 8 during the 48th annual Salvation Army Women of Dedication Luncheon. Naversen, with her husband, Dwight Wait, during the ceremony honoring her on March 8. Photo/Pat Sherman

By Pat Sherman

Rancho Santa Fe resident Andrea Naversen was among 14 “Women of Dedication” honored for their leadership and community service March 8. The ceremony took place at the 48th annual Salvation Army Women of Dedication Luncheon at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina on Harbor Island.

Naversen is a seasoned newspaper reporter, network news correspondent, newscaster, magazine editor and author. Naversen covered stories all over the world for ABC and CBS network news before settling in San Diego, where she anchored and reported for KFMB, KUSI and XETV. She also wrote two books about San Diego.

Naversen began her volunteer service as a member of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, spearheading and co-chairing the Del Mar Unit’s successful “Hats Off to Children” fundraiser, for which she was honored with the unit’s “Top Hat Award.” She also served as spokesperson in the hospital’s highly regarded TV series: “One Child, One Life.” Naversen continued her commitment to children through Kids Korps USA and Teen Volunteers in Action, serving as publicity chair for many years. And in 2012, Childhelp USA’s San Diego chapter honored Naversen with its “For the Love of a Child” award for her 10 years of service.

In 2010, Naversen chaired The Country Friends’ Art of Fashion Runway Show to benefit human care agencies, serving as emcee for the past two years as well as patron party chair. Naversen also co-chaired the Nordstom Designer Preview Show to benefit the New Children’s Museum.

The Women of Dedication were chosen for their community projects and selected by a committee of past honorees, said Nancie Geller, vice president of communication for the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary.

“The criteria is basically women in our community going above and giving their time, talent and financial resources to make our community a better place,” Geller said.

Naversen, along with the other honorees, had their praises sung to them — literally — in the form of popular tunes delivered by the San Diego Master Chorale, in which the words were changed to extol each woman’s achievements and attributes. Longtime television journalist Carol LeBeau served as the event’s emcee.

Geller said the event is the largest fundraiser for the Women’s Auxiliary. All proceeds will go to the Transitional Living Center at Door of Hope, which offers a temporary living arrangement for women with children, as well as supportive services.

Other honorees included: Sherry Ahern, Elsa Arnaiz, Catherine A. Blair, Betsy Boaz, Ingrid P. Chapman, Judith Ann Friedel, Cynthia Jackson, Reinette Levine, Patricia Demetre Moises, Marti Panarisi, Bobbie Quick, Kathryn Stephens and Maggie T. Watkins.