Mission Hills residents Patti Roscoe and Jim Tiffany are special guests at Aug. 25 ‘Endless Summer of LUV’ Gala
By Cynthia Robertson | SDUN Reporter
At this year’s St. Paul’s Senior Homes & Services Gala, “Endless Summer of LUV,” two well-respected volunteers – Patti Roscoe and Jim Tiffany – will be honored. The Mission Hills residents have made major impacts in St. Paul’s and the greater San Diego community through countless volunteer hours and leadership roles on several projects and boards.
“Aging is an exhilarating and daunting time in life,” Roscoe said. “St. Paul’s provides a road map through its many phases to ensure we can age gracefully.”
Roscoe has long been a strong supporter of St. Paul’s, as well as the Girl Scouts of San Diego, and she is the founder of PRA Destination Management, a travel company part of the London-based AlliedPRA.
Also in the travel business, Tiffany’s volunteer includes serving as a board member at the Monarch School as well as the San Diego State University (SDSU) Art Council. Their story as a couple is rooted in love and, ultimately, their community.
Knowing each other for several decades, the two reconnected in 2003. Since then, they have made a home in San Diego, said they enjoy travelling and are avid sports fans, especially of the SDSU Aztecs.
Roscoe currently sits on the board of trustees of the Zoological Society of San Diego, as well as the SDSU Campanile Foundation. She is also a past president of San Diego Rotary Club, and is a member of the board of directors of the Balboa Park 2015 Centennial.
Roscoe also co-founded SDSU’s L. Robert Payne’s School of Hotel and Tourism Management, of which she now chairs. By creating the Institute of Meetings and Events for SDSU, Roscoe was the first woman in the university’s history to endow a professorship.
Tiffany’s service life has been just as fruitful. As a young man, he served in the United States Army. Believing that leaders should manifest courage, perseverance, communication skills and the ability to inspire teamwork, Tiffany continued to put those characteristics to use. He spent 30 years in the travel business, planning conferences, events and meetings around the world for Fortune-100 companies. He also served as board member, conference leader and guest lecturer for the Society of Incentive Travel Executives.
Some of their involvement with St. Paul’s, the couple said, has to do with Roscoe’s friendship with Cheryl Wilson, the organization’s president and CEO. Roscoe and Wilson had been San Diego Rotary Club members for many years, and during Roscoe’s year as president, she designated her time to helping seniors. Roscoe has previously served as a LUV Gala volunteer, and was chair in 2009.
Tiffany was her support system during those busy years, she said. Together, they have made financial commitments to St Paul’s to assist with their many critical programs, especially their Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).
“We feel good about having contributed time, talent and treasure to our industry and community during the process,” Tiffany said, adding that success now means to enjoy life with his family. “We also have created a bucket list and are strategically moving forward to insure we check each and every item off, enjoying the adventure along the way,” he said.
Both Roscoe and Tiffany said they are strong and independent individuals, respecting those qualities in each other. They keep life interesting by being involved in their volunteering activities and by planning “secret dates” for each other, they said.
The couple expresses gratitude that St. Paul’s and their team of professionals will help and guide them, as well as all others who will need it, in the future.
The Aug. 25 LUV gala is at the Paradise Point Resort & Spa, 1404 Vacation Rd. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a silent auction, and Roscoe and Tiffany will be honored at the dinner program starting at 7:30 pm. All proceeds from the gala will benefit St. Paul’s PACE. For more information visit stpaulseniors.org or call 619-239-6900.