Scripps Health CEO, Chris Van Gorder, right, and his wife, Rosemary, at the 88th Annual Candlelight Ball to raise funds for the Scripps Health Foundation. Photo courtesy of Scripps Health Foundation

Scripps Health CEO, Chris Van Gorder, right, and his wife, Rosemary, at the 88th Annual Candlelight Ball to raise funds for the Scripps Health Foundation. Photo courtesy of Scripps Health Foundation

The Scripps Health Foundation recently hosted the 88th Annual Candlelight Ball at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. The December sold-out event raised $150,000 for the A. Brent Eastman, M.D., Trauma Area inside the Barbey Family Emergency and Trauma Center at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. In addition to supporting the trauma center, patrons further contributed to the trauma program by supporting clinical research and graduate medical education to advance trauma medicine. Premier sponsors for the 88th Candlelight Ball were Union Bank and Rudy Vilkutaitis. Nearly 450 guests enjoyed fine cuisine and entertainment by William Close and the Earth Harp and dance music by The Mighty Untouchables.

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Ann Navarra, left, at the National Conflict Resolution Center’s inaugural women’s changemaker luncheon. Photo courtesy of National Conflict Resolution Center

Changemaker Luncheon Looks To Advance Civility, Community

One hundred of San Diego’s influential women converged for the National Conflict Resolution Center’s inaugural women’s changemaker luncheon to discuss civility and action plans toward a brighter future for the communities NCRC serves. The luncheon was held at the home of member, Ann Navarra. Navarra, the 2018 recipient of the Convivio Communitas Award for Leadership for her commitment to education, quality health care and the dedication to excellence which defines her family’s entrepreneurial legacy (Jerome’s Furniture). Convivio is a San Diego nonprofit dedicated to promoting Italian arts, culture and heritage, through education and research, while embracing an innovative approach to cultural advancement.

NCRC is partnering with schools and law enforcement to transform San Diego’s juvenile justice system and avoid the “school to prison pipeline.” NCRC’s groundbreaking restorative justice model keeps youth in school and out of jail, builds and strengthens communities, and helps heal victims of crime.

NCRC was founded in 1983 by the University of San Diego Law Center and the San Diego County Bar Association. NCRC is recognized as an international leader in mediation instruction and conflict resolution. Visit ncrconline.com.

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More than 250 volunteers at the San Diego Rescue Mission served more than 1,000 meals to the homeless for its Christmas Outreach Meal. Photo courtesy of San Diego Rescue Mission

Delivering a Meal And So Much More

More than 1,000 of San Diego’s homeless men, women and children gathered at the San Diego Rescue Mission recently for the Christmas Outreach Meal. This is one of three times in the year when the San Diego Rescue Mission opens its doors to the homeless community to celebrate the holidays. More than 250 volunteers assisted throughout the day and served these individuals a holiday feast consisting of ham, potatoes, vegetables, salad and dessert. In addition, individuals were offered hygiene kits and knit hats. These individuals and families living on the streets were given information on the Rescue Mission’s life-changing programs. San Diego’s homeless enjoyed a home-cooked meal, entertainment, and a chance to celebrate holiday festivities. Visit sdrescue.org.

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