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Higgs’ Joanna Jones Climbs for a Cause

If you work at Higgs and have seen Payroll and Benefits Coordinator Joanna Jones in the stairwell during the lunch hour and wondered why she couldn’t breathe, she’s been training for an event that’s very near and dear to her heart.

On June 18, Jones will participate in the 5th Annual San Diego TOWERthon, a stair climbing event to benefit the teens of Toussaint Academy, at 550 Corporate Center in Downtown San Diego. The building stands 20 stories high and participants are challenged to climb as many flights as they can within a two hour period.


Since 1992, Toussaint Academy has helped homeless teens who have faced unimaginable challenges. Toussaint teaches teens life skills necessary for them to become independent, contributing members of society.

“I was homeless as a teen, so this fundraiser and charity touches me personally. I volunteer with several organizations for this cause,” shared Jones.


In 2015, with your help, Jones raised more than $900 for this cause. She climbed 20 flights of stairs – 15 times – in less than two hours. That’s 300 floors! Jones came in second in her age group for women.

“I hope to at least make that many floors again this year,” said Jones.

my picIn addition, on June 14, Deacon Jim from Father Joe’s Village will interview Jones on KUSI around 9:30 a.m. to discuss her experience and what the charity means to these kids.

To learn more or help Jones reach her goal, visit her fundraising page.