We would like to introduce you to our Changemaker of the Month – Point Loma’s Katie Rooney, co-owner of Sushi Lounge (with locations in Poway, Encinitas and soon Point Loma, CA). She has been married for 12 years to her husband, Kevin and has 2 sons, Braden (age 8) and Cian (age 5). In addition to working with CLF for the past 5 years, Katie co-founded a non-profit called Here with HOPE that assists families of children battling cancer and volunteers at her son’s elementary school. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, going to the beach, football and LIFE!
Here’s a closer look at Katie Rooney:
CLF: How did you get involved with CLF?
KR: Unofficially I became involved the morning after Chelsea went missing. I received an email from another restaurant owner about Chelsea and I posted her picture on our Facebook page. We continued to channel info to our guests throughout the search. Since then I have participated in every run since the beginning, even 8 months pregnant. I officially became involved when I was approached by Jen Strachan to help keep the Poway community engaged. She had heard that Chelsea was a fan of our restaurant and wanted to see if I had any ideas. We collaborated on a give-back event at the restaurant and I assisted with growing the team involvement, both through our Sushi Lounge team and in the community.
What do you like best about Chelsea/CLF?
I believe in the mission of protecting our children through education and legislation. The CLF community is engaged, informed, loving, and unrelenting. It is inspiring to be a part of and I am honored to stand with the King’s.
What do you do/done for CLF?
I assist with support and communication for all team captains for Finish Chelsea’s Run. Teams are a large part of this event and there are a lot of first time runners/walkers. We encourage schools and organizations to form teams and I help them manage their teams. Personally I always have a team through Sushi Lounge that averages over 50 people. It is such a great way to connect with others and really drives home the culture of CLF by creating positive change in your community through your daily actions.
What is your vision of CLF 5 years from now?
I would love for legislation to be farther along in all 50 states. I would also like to see virtual or physical events in other states as well. This is not just San Diego’s fight; this is a worldwide fight to protect our children.
Thank you, Katie, for all that you do to help us fight the fight and keep Chelsea’s light burning bright!