The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation honored ViaSat and philanthropists Gary and Mary West at its 50th annual dinner Thursday.
Gary and Mary West received the 2015 Herb Klein Civic Leadership Award for their work to improve the lives of low-income seniors and lower healthcare costs. In 2006, they established the Gary and Mary West Foundation, now the second largest private foundation in San Diego.
Through their philanthropy, the Wests have had a positive impact on disadvantaged seniors through organizations like Serving Seniors and their flagship Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center, which has been hailed as an international model for successful aging. The new facility brings more than 20 non-profit organizations under one roof to provide critical social services to nearly 600 seniors a day in downtown San Diego.