Circle of Life 100 to Honor Marilyn Stark

Award Recognizes Support of Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas

In honor of her dedication and service to Circle of Life 100 and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Marilyn Stark will be awarded the 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award at a special luncheon on Thursday, June 24, 2010.

As founder and first chair of Circle of Life 100, Marilyn has played a major role in developing the service organization into a leading advocate for health education and philanthropy in support of Scripps Encinitas.

Soon after moving to Carlsbad in 1998, Marilyn envisioned a group of women leaders who would collectively dedicate their time and talent to support the nonprofit hospital. In anticipation of the organization’s first meeting, she sent out invitations which read, “Scripps Encinitas needs a few good women.” More than 30 women attended and the group has been growing ever since.

Today, members of Circle of Life 100 support Scripps Encinitas and its commitment to meet the health care needs of the community, hosting regular health education seminars and an annual Circle of Life 100 fundraising event.

“I am so proud that Circle of Life 100 has flourished,” says Marilyn. “I consider Scripps family, and hope we can continue to raise awareness and funds to support the nonprofit hospital.”

This year, Circle of Life 100 continues its tradition of philanthropy with the Sixth Annual Circle of Life 100 Celebration: Wine, Women & Shoes, on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010. The event will benefit women’s diagnostic imaging at Scripps Encinitas, which is vital to detecting breast cancer at its earliest stages.

“As a women’s organization, this cause is close to our hearts. All of us are connected with someone who has had cancer,” says Marilyn. “North County has seen so much growth in recent years, having an imaging center has become necessary. It is critical that the latest technology is easily accessible for our friends, family and community.”

Circle of Life 100 is a service organization that advocates for health education and philanthropy in support of Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. For more information, call 760-633-6523 or visit

Contact: Kari Banigo
Phone: 858-678-6894