San Diego Business Journal

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad Get Some Helping Hands

The La Costa 35 Athletic Club, a local nonprofit, hosted its 5th Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad. Since its first tourney, the program has more than doubled in attendance and raised more than $100,000. Tournament Director Rob Holzman said there were 20 poker tables, 180 players and net proceeds of more than $45,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad — a record.

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Foundation Celebrates Four Decades of Doing Many Good Deeds

The San Diego Foundation celebrated 40 years of philanthropic leadership in the San Diego region at “A Walk in the Park” — a 40th anniversary event held recently at Balboa Park in honor of the park’s centennial. The foundation hosted more than 700 donors, partners and community leaders at the event, which included tours of Balboa Park cultural attractions and culminated with a celebration for invited guests at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

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Foundation’s Grants Make a Positive Environmental Impact

Escondido Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, announced it awarded $167,860 to eight nonprofits that promote the natural resources and open spaces of Escondido.

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Gala Furnishes More Funds for the Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House Charities San Diego announced it raised $525,000 at the annual ROMP gala, which helps support families dealing with medical hardship.

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Firm’s Employees Contribute to the Community in a Big Way

More than 250 professionals from Ernst & Young LLP supported their local communities by donating 950 volunteer hours at eight project sites across San Diego.

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Bank Joins Operation Gratitude to Show Thanks to Veterans

Wells Fargo partnered with the Armed Services YMCA San Diego (ASY San Diego) recently to host a “kitting” and letter- writing event for military families. The event was part of a larger effort by Wells Fargo and the nonprofit Operation Gratitude to show appreciation for our nation’s armed forces.

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Companies Take the Time to Support Wounded Warriors

Local sister companies CUSO Financial Services and Sorrento Pacific Financial hosted a “Lead Forward!” 5K Fun walk/run around San Diego’s bay front during the summer. The 5K kicked off the companies’ 17th annual conference, and 100 percent of the registration fees benefitted the Wounded Warrior Project, which has a goal “to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.” The event was open to attendees and their families. More than $6,100 was raised in support of the charitable organization.

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United Way Recognizes Top-Notch Volunteers King, Vance

United Way of San Diego County announced Maureen King and Jonathan Vance as award winners for their consistently outstanding community leadership and volunteerism. They recently were honored during the nonprofit’s 95th birthday party at Cohn Restaurant Group’s new Coasterra. The award is named for James Mulvaney, who maintained involvement in numerous nonprofit boards and organizations for 50 years.

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These La Jolla Gems Sparkle on Their Perches Near the Pacific

There are scores of charming neighborhoods in San Diego County, but the Barber Tract in La Jolla is one of the most beguiling. Reminiscent of Carmel in Northern California, the streets of the community are lined with vine-covered cottages, grand estates and a treasure trove of architecturally significant, historic homes.

Volunteers Pitch In to Help Get Care Packages to Our Military

People gathered recently at the USO San Diego to put together 300 “We Care” packages for U.S. service members. Military families were joined by Toyota and the Padres Volunteer Team to build packages for service members.

Surfing Dogs Drop-In for Fundraising Event and Make a Splash

The Helen Woodward Animal Center held the 10th annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon at Dog Beach in Del Mar recently. The event was presented by Blue Buffalo Co. Ltd.

Vista Can Be Your Window On a World Of SoCal Beauty

Once known as the Avocado Capital of the World, the city of Vista is just seven miles from the beach and stretches out among gentle rolling hills and enjoys cooling ocean breezes.

Athletes Helping Athletes Is Going Strong in Its Efforts to Help

Athletes Helping Athletes, a San Diego nonprofit, works with families across the country to donate custom-built handcycles, giving disabled children the chance to enjoy being a kid.

Foundation Grant to Girls Give Back Encourages Youth to Learn and Lead

The Hadassah Foundation, which invests in social change for girls and women in Israel and the U.S., has awarded a $35,200 grant to Girls Give Back, a Jewish Family Service of San Diego program, to help cover operating expenses for the next year.

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Less than an hour away from the day-to-day grind of city living is Los Robles Ranch in Santa Ysabel.

Crisis House’s Goal Is to House All the Homeless Veterans

On the last Friday in January, the annual 2015 count on homeless veterans in San Diego County was 1,381. El Cajon-based nonprofit Crisis House in partnership with the Volunteers of America and funding from the Department of Veteran Affairs is working to permanently house homeless veterans.

Old Carlsbad Delivers a Bouquet of Beauty and Charms

It’s hard to beat living on the beach in Carlsbad.

O.B. Gets Some TLC From a Co.’s Employees and a Nonprofit

Employees of Johnson Controls Inc. in San Diego gave up a Saturday recently to beautify and clean up one of San Diego’s beaches.

Center Hits the Road to Help Animal Welfare Organizations

For more than 13 years, through The Business of Saving Lives, the Helen Woodward Animal Center has demonstrated its dedication to saving the lives of homeless pets, not only within its San Diego-based facility, but in shelters and rescues across the globe.

La Jolla Farms Is a Perfect Canvas for Masterpiece Designs

There are a number of distinct areas in La Jolla, each with its own charm and appeal. Among the most storied, and encompassing some of the county’s most exclusive real estate, is La Jolla Farms.

Thanks to Many, the San Salvador Is Back in Local Waters

The Maritime Museum of San Diego has launched the San Salvador, a full-sized, fully functional replica of the original Spanish galleon that arrived at the port that we now call San Diego in 1542.

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Home of the month: Equestrian Sanctuary

Old-world charm, grace and understated grandeur define the style of this equestrian estate.

Geisel’s $3M Gift Helps UCSD Library With Its Revitalization

San Diego philanthropist, literacy advocate, and longtime supporter of the University of California, San Diego, Audrey Geisel, has donated $3 million toward the renovation of the university’s iconic flagship building, the Geisel Library.

The Rolling Hills of Ramona Offer Relaxing Rural Charms

Ramona, known as the “Valley of the Sun,” is just some 40 miles from San Diego, but it is as far from a typical San Diego suburb as you can get.

Crazy Hair, Good Hearts on Display to Support Second Chance

Intelicare Direct, a leading customer service solutions company with offices in Las Vegas and San Diego, held a crazy hair day benefitting San Diego-based nonprofit Second Chance. For every ICD employee who came to the office with crazy hair, one haircut was donated to Second Chance for someone trying to get back into the workforce.

Fundraising Fete Brings Big Amount to Voices for Children

Voices for Children held its annual Wine Women and Shoes fundraiser, which raised a record-breaking $225,000. The proceeds will provide many more foster children in San Diego County with the caring support of a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA volunteer. The event was held at the Mission Hills home of Marina Marrelli, a former board member and longtime supporter of VFC. Guests enjoyed wine tasting, shopping, fashion vignettes, and a live auction. The top seller in the auction was a pair of floor tickets to the Rolling Stones and an overnight stay at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

These Heroes Made a Super Effort to Support Miracle Babies

The seventh annual Miracle Babies 5K took place recently at Embarcadero Marina Park South.

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This contemporary architectural Alpine beauty is inside the gates of the equestrian residential community of Rancho Palo Verde.

It’s Not Just the Tides That Shape the Pacific Beach Experience

Pacific Beach is one of many communities in the county that benefited from the railroad link between San Diego and the East Coast in 1885. Soon to follow were hordes of visitors and would-be buyers of real estate in the area. And buy they did, so much so that a San Diego Union newspaper report during this time cautioned buyers to beware of the inflated prices of the bayside lots “going for $25 and $100.”

Essay Contest Aims to Help Public Transit Pick Up More Riders

Helping the environment, saving money and extra study time were a few compelling arguments high school seniors made about the benefits of taking public transit to win laptops as part of the Metropolitan Transit System and Coca-Cola Cos. Laptop Scholarship Essay Contest.

Food Bank Gets a Fine Crew of Volunteers to Help Out

A group of 30 BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair employees, family members and friends volunteered at the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank recently.

Supporting Special Olympics Was the Cool Thing to Do at Aquatica

The weather was picture perfect at Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark recently as hundreds of enthusiastic “plungers” charged into the chilly waters of the park’s Big Surf wave pool to raise money for Special Olympics San Diego.

The Sands of Time Have Been Very Kind to Mission Beach

Try to imagine San Diego without Mission Bay.

Caring, Compassion Part of the Love Kitchen’s Special Ingredients

The Little Caesars Love Kitchen, staffed by an Escondido franchise of Little Caesars Enterprises Inc., stopped by Interfaith Community Services recently with more than 30 pizzas to distribute to the homeless and clients of Interfaith’s housing programs.

Golf Fundraiser Nets $422K for Sharp Grossmont Hospital

Grossmont Hospital Foundation raised more than $422,000 for Sharp Grossmont Hospital at the 31st Annual Grossmont Hospital Invitational Golf Tournament at Sycuan Resort and Casino.

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Above the Boardwalk Down in M.B.

This custom, oceanfront home on the boardwalk in Mission Beach was designed by renowned architect Ken Ronchetti. The curvilinear design is a fresh take on the idea of a beach residence.

Kensington’s Old California Charms Shine in the Sunlight

Kensington. The name conjures images of a quaint village in West London that is home to Kensington Palace and world-famous gardens. The neighborhood of Kensington in San Diego is just as charming, in a California sort of way, as its namesake in England.

Six Women Honored for Their Role In Educating, Inspiring

Karen Haynes, president of California State University San Marcos, was one of six California State University women presidents recognized for their outstanding leadership at the Leadership California Awards Ceremony.

Denny Sanford Dedicates San Diego Zoo Kids Channel Theatre

With children and animal ambassadors looking on, philanthropist Denny Sanford unveiled the new San Diego Zoo Kids Channel Theatre. The theatre, located at the Zoo’s Elephant Odyssey habitat, allows guests to enjoy the broadcast programming currently available at 10 children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses across the U.S.

In Oceanside, Hear the Waves Break Without Breaking the Bank

If you haven’t been to Oceanside lately it’s time to take a trip to check it out.

Summer Reading Book Drive Helps Children Open New Worlds

To get more books into the hands of children, United Way of San Diego County has launched its fourth annual Summer Reading Book Drive through May, providing bilingual summer reading for economically disadvantaged San Diego children up to age 8.

JFS’ Contributions to Improving Community Health Are Honored

Jewish Family Service of San Diego was recognized by the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency at the 14th annual Live Well San Diego Public Health Champion Awards.

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The Boulder and the Beautiful

Perched on a hilltop on the far eastern edge of San Diego County is a one-of-a-kind estate. The home was built by noted San Diego-based Hubbell & Hubbell Architects, experts in environmentally sustainable design practices and technologies.

Supporters of SEAL-NSW Family Foundation Raise $1 Million

Philanthropist Madeleine Pickens, Co-Chair Dominique Plewes and The Del Mar Country Club have announced that more than $1 million was raised recently at an event to support the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation.

If These Walls Could Talk, They Would Say, ‘Welcome Home’

Multigenerational housing has gotten a shiny new upgrade and caught the eye of some of San Diego’s most prominent homebuilders.

Donations Fund Weekend Camp For Grieving Children

Each year, more than 100 children and teens have the opportunity to attend Camp Erin San Diego, thanks to the generous donations from local philanthropic groups.

The Past Has a Strong Presence in Coronado Renovations

The decision to embark on a home renovation is by any measure a difficult undertaking.

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Inner Peace and Outer Beauty

Crashing waves and panoramic views define this house in La Jolla. Originally built in 1980, the beachfront home was completely remodeled in 2001 with exquisite attention to quality and detail. Oriented to capture the expansive views, the curvilinear architectural elements emulate the waves of the ocean below.

United Way Volunteers Share the Magic of Dr. Seuss With Kids

To inspire a love of learning and the written word, volunteers from United Way of San Diego County participated in the National Education Association’s 18th Annual Read Across America Day and celebrated Dr. Seuss’ 111th birthday by sharing beloved tales from the local literary legend with students at elementary schools across the county.

Game Changers Helps Run Up the Score for Local Food Bank

Union Bank partnered with the San Diego Chargers to raise funds for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank over the course of the Chargers’ 2014 season.


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