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She’s running 5k looking like a zombie

posted Oct 9, 2015, 4:26 PM by George Ching

You might know PSAR REALTOR® member Lilly Molina for her commitment to support various local charities, including South Bay Community Services, recipient of proceeds from PSAR’s “Zombie 5K Run,” a run-walk fundraiser on Saturday morning, Oct. 17, at Rohr Park, 4548 Sweetwater Road, Bonita. Lilly is serving as co-chair on the PSAR committee planning the fundraising event. “Yes, you will see me as a zombie,” Lilly said.


​But did you know that Lilly also is a hairstylist? She still serves a few long-time customers every month at a Chula Vista salon. “I’ve had my cosmetology license since I was age 17, that’s how I made money before real estate,” said Lilly. “After only a few hours in the salon I hear more about what’s happening in our city than in any other way. People talk a lot when they’re relaxed.”


Lilly grew up in Chula Vista, the youngest of three daughters. She attended Rice Elementary School, Chula Vista Junior High and Chula Vista High School. She graduated from Sweetwater High School. “Our family was poor, but we made do,” said Lilly. “My mother is deaf in one ear. When we were teenagers and would keep asking questions over and over again, our mother would eventually take off her hearing aid, put it on the kitchen table and just smile at us. We knew at that point the matter was settled.”


Lilly said growing up that most of her clothes and toys came from a thrift store in Chula Vista. “I was 6 or 7, our father got us girls pajamas for Christmas, that was our only gift that year,” said Lilly. “So, we wore our pajamas all day and played records on the stereo and sang songs for our parents.”


Lilly was age 18 when she met her husband-to-be Louis at a dance club. Louis served in the U.S. Navy before spending a career with the Department of Corrections. He recently retired. They have been married for 28 years and are members of the Chula Vista Elks Lodge #2011. Louis is an Elks Lodge trustee and Lilly is a member of the entertainment committee. 


Lilly began her real estate sales career in 2001. “I’ve been a loyal PSAR member since my beginning of real estate,” said Lilly. “I’ve always been interested in real estate. I took my real estate principles class at Southwestern College eight years before getting my license, and I passed my license test the first time. I went into real estate to support our children so they could attend private school.” Their daughter Melissa attended Marian High School, now called Mater Dei Catholic High School. Their son Louis V attended St. Augustine High School. Melissa currently works at Warner Brothers in Burbank, and Louis is attending the University of La Verne, a private university.


“I’ve spent my entire real estate career with the same broker, Jose Unibe,” said Lilly. “I was the top producer in our company last year thanks to the support from the management team. I want to give a shout-out to Jose, Cory Shepard, Karen Vargas, Bill Morris and Jessica Lynn Fleming. It’s a privilege to work at Coldwell Banker West with Peter Mendiola.”


Lilly also has high praise for PSAR.  “We have members who care about their communities,” she said. “They are concerned and get involved to make a difference. PSAR is not just an association, but it’s a family.”


Lilly said the Zombie 5K Run is an excellent example of how PSAR members are willing to support a worthy cause. The run-walk will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Rohr Park, 4548 Sweetwater Road, Bonita. Participants are invited to wear costumes. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. and the run-walk will begin at 8 a.m. Entrance fee is $44 for adults, $34 for youth ages 6 to 17. Entry fee will include a t-shirt with logos. For more event information contact PSAR.


Lilly also said she supports South Bay Community Services (SBCS) because the organization’s services to the community. SBCS supports local residents with housing assistance, counseling, life skills, and job readiness training. SBSC also offers a transitional housing program assisting former foster youths who are finishing high school or completing job training.


“Foster youth are often removed from their homes for various reasons, such as abuse, neglect or abandonment,” said Lilly. “While some may be adopted, reunited with family or find the right permanent foster family, many foster youth face instability as they move from placement to placement. It is not uncommon to hear that a child has been moved 15 times to different homes, not to mention new schools and new surroundings. The transition to adulthood is even more difficult. Support ends at age 18 years and even sooner for emancipated youth. Foster youth who transition to adulthood often are alone with no guidance, financial support, shelter or sense of place. They are among the highest at risk to end up homeless, unemployed or in prison. South Bay Community Services is a community based organization that provides holistic comprehensive support for children, youth and families in crisis to help them heal and create self sufficient lives.”