Inspire, Engage, Lead

Beth and Brad Thorp, founders of the Mitchell Thorp Foundation, were recently honored with the 2016 Starfish Leadership Award for their tireless efforts in the mission to support families whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses, diseases, and disorders, by providing financial, emotional, and resource support where needed. The Thorps founded the Mitchell Thorp Foundation in memory of their own son Mitchell in 2009, who battled with an undiagnosed illness for five years. The award was presented to Beth and Brad during the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce’s Annual State of the City Luncheon. The couple was also presented with a Certificate of Recognition by the City of Carlsbad in early October.

The Starfish Leadership Awards annual program honors those who have shown extraordinary commitment to champion worthwhile causes, and to engage, inspire, and lead others to join in making a difference in the lives of many. Past recipients of the award include former Mayor Claude E. “Bud” Lewis, former Interfaith Community Services leader Suzanne Stewart Pohlman, 18-year Carlsbad Christmas Bureau leaders Phil and Kathy Urbina, co-founders of Solutions for Change Chris and Tammy Megison, and co-founders of Kids For Peace Jill McManigal and Danielle Gram. For more information about the Mitchell Thorp Foundation visit