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2008: Heroes, Pioneers & Trailblazers
Ben Dillingham III
Delores Jacobs
Cleve Jones
Christine Kehoe
Klein & Reise
Stanley Lewis
Robert Lynn
Doug Moore
Teresa Oyos
Steve Padilla
Regina Reinhardt
Matt Stephens
Kevin Tilden
Ted Weathers
Bridget Wilson
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Benjamin Dillingham, III
Activist, veteran

photoBen Dillingham is a board member for AIDS Project San Diego, AIDS Walk San Diego, L.I.F.E. Foundation, San Diego Community Research Group and Something Special Food Pantry. He is also a member of The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s Development Committee, is part of the United Way’s Diversity Committee and a member of the County of San Diego AIDS Services Advisory Panel.

Dillingham is a board chair of AIDS Foundation San Diego, board treasurer of San Diego Scholarship Foundation and sits on the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation Finance Committee. He is an appointee of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to the San Diego County Veterans Advisory Council and is part of the Wall of Honor committee.

Throughout the years, Dillingham has received countless awards for his dedication to community service and has been honored by the Human Rights Campaign Fund, Bravo! Newsmagazine, the Asian Pacific Islander Community AIDS Project, and received the AIDS Walk San Diego Hero Award, among other honors.

A longtime member of the Imperial Court de San Diego, he has received the Queen Eddie Award, the Presidential Award and has received Jose Honors by the International Court Council.

Currently retired, Dillingham served previously as chief financial officer/controller for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board and as Chief of Staff to San Diego Mayor Maureen O’Connor. He is a graduate of St. Mark’s School, Southborough Massachusetts, Harvard College and the Harvard University Business School. He is a decorated combat veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having received a Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam, and was named the 2007 LGBT Veteran of the Year.