by LINDA FRABL | photo by Zeena Gregg Photography

Devoted to Children

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Bridgett Brown may be retired from her long career as a sixth grade teacher at Twin Peaks Middle School, but that hasn’t stopped her from continuing to help local San Diego children. For the past 11 years Bridgett has been an active member of the Poway Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, a nonprofit devoted to maintaining the hospital’s top quality level of care. Bridgett elaborated, “Helping children, as if they are our own, is the driving force behind our Poway Unit.”

In addition to raising funds, the Poway Unit also compiles Comfort and Care Bags that are filled with items parents may need during an unforeseen stay at the hospital. Bridgett commented, “These bags provide parents with some comfort during their time of need. I am always inspired by the level of compassion and talent from the women in this Poway Auxiliary.”


Name: Bridgett Brown
Community: Old Green Valley in Poway
Volunteer Affiliation: Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary – Poway Unit
Profession: Retired sixth grade teacher – taught for 21 years at Twin Peaks Middle School
Family: Husband – Craig Brown; Daughter – Leah McBridge; Son – Jordan Brown
Interests: I enjoy any activity that gets me outside, and spending quality time with friends and family.


A lot of that compassion and talent is directed towards the Poway Auxiliary’s biggest annual fundraiser, Tabletops & Tea. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, April 17 at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar hotel, and proceeds will benefit the Developmental Services Department of Rady Children’s Hospital. The luncheon includes a silent auction, a shopping boutique, a live auction, and a raffle. Bridgett added, “The fundraiser’s theme is ‘Come Fly with Me,’ and it will feature beautiful tabletops designed around famous places in the United States, such as New York, Farm Town USA, and Vintage Aloha, to name a few.’”

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In addition to her Auxiliary commitments, Bridgett also enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, gardening, and playing golf. She recently joined the Assistance League of Inland North County, which also benefits children in need. Bridget commented, “I wish others can find the same joy in volunteering for something that they are passionate about. It is amazing how much of a difference we really can make.”

A lifelong resident of Poway, Bridgett grew up attending Meadowbrook Middle School and graduated from Mt. Carmel High School. Her own two children both went to Painted Rock Elementary, Twin Peaks Middle School, and Poway High School. Bridgett exclaimed, “There is something very special about Poway, both the community and the people. I love the small town feel that it has, and that I can usually go out and run into someone that I know.”

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Group: Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary – Poway Unit
Purpose: To support and assist in keeping the hospital at its excellent level of care by raising funds and advocating for it. Fellowship, fun, and philanthropy are the resulting benefits of the Unit’s endeavors.
Websites: www.tabletopsandtea.org | www.helpsdkids.org