San Diego Business Journal

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Best Supporting Role Goes to Donors of Seacrest Village

The Women’s Auxiliary of Seacrest Village Retirement Communities held its 38th Annual Gala, “Silver Screen,” at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine recently with Esther Fischer and Linda Platt serving as co-chairs of the Gala.

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View of the Top Shows Some Wonderful Selections for Buyers

The climate in San Diego is among the best in the world, but one that comes with a cost that shows no sign of slowing its climb. A review of median prices in 2015 for San Diego County revealed 10 ZIP codes with a median price of more than $1 million for sales of detached, single-family homes.

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KPBS, Union Bank Recognize Efforts of Some Local Heroes

As part of its ongoing commitment to cultural diversity and responsible banking, Union Bank joined KPBS to honor 18 inspirational individuals at the 18th Annual Local Heroes celebration recently.

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Grant Brings Students Wonders of Wildlife Refuge, Living Coast

The Living Coast Discovery Center, a nonprofit zoo/aquarium on San Diego Bay in Chula Vista, is one of 186 sites selected to receive a 2016 field trip grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks.

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Cox Cares Picks A Good Cause: Guitars in the Classroom

The Cox Cares Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to San Diego-based Guitars in the Classroom, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of education for all students by expanding the role of music in learning.

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Point Loma Brings Together Pieces of Perfect S.D. Lifestyle

One of the most recognizable photographs of San Diego on TV and in print is the one that spans out over the San Diego Yacht Club across the bay to the city. Some of the shots were taken in brilliant sunshine with clear blue skies and the city skyline off in the distance and others at dusk with stunning bay views and city lights.

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Eleven Nonprofits Share $215,000 in Grants to Help HIV/AIDS

The San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative, a grant program of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation, awarded more than $215,000 to 11 local nonprofits in support of ending new HIV infections and to underwrite critical services for women, men, and youth affected by HIV/AIDS.

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Many Children’s Wishes Will Come True Thanks to Couple

Make-A-Wish San Diego recently created an exclusive President’s Circle to help make every wish come true for San Diego children diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Currently, one in three medically eligible children in San Diego has not been granted a wish.

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From Bay to Breakers, Point Loma Leaves You Awash in Beauty

es to everything and Point Loma is no exception. On the west side of the hilly peninsula there are dramatic sandstone cliffs high above the ocean known as Sunset Cliffs. The east side slopes toward San Diego Bay with homes right to the water’s edge.

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Grant to Museum Will Plant the Seeds of Learning in Kids

The New Children’s Museum announced that it has received $30,000 from longtime supporter San Diego Gas & Electric for two key efforts: $15,000 for the Museum’s Garden Project in the Children’s Park and $15,000 for Salute our Troops military efforts.

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Above It All

At one of the highest elevations in the La Costa area of Carlsbad is a contemporary Mediterranean masterpiece. The property has a front row seat to nature’s daily display with floor to ceiling panoramic ocean and lagoon views from each living space. The experience is an exhilarating and uninterrupted connection with the Pacific, lagoon and painted skies.

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A Tip of the Hat to Buck Howdy for Helping Both Rady, Sleigh

A strange thing happened to Poway Mayor Steve Vaus as he waited in the green room of a local TV station to promote the 25th year of his charity Carols by Candlelight — he fell in love. Also there that day from the Helen Woodward Animal Center for his television appearance was 2-month-old Sleigh, a border collie/Labrador retriever mix.

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Perfectly Tucked Away in La Jolla Is a Lovely Family Paradise

Most people who live in or visit La Jolla don’t drive through the Muirlands to get anywhere — unless, of course, you’re a resident. One of La Jolla’s largest neighborhoods, Muirlands is also among the most sought after for this very reason.

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Habitat, Sempra Team Up to Build Veteran A New House

The San Diego Regional Fire Foundation presented $177,000 in grants to 10 San Diego County fire agencies that provide protection and emergency response.

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Grand Architecture Gives Mission Hills a View of the Past

A walk along the tree-lined sidewalks of the meandering streets in Mission Hills is like going back in time. Close your eyes for a moment and you might think you hear the sound of a streetcar rattling up the hill.

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Serving Seniors’ Generosity Won’t Be Stopping at 10 Million

Serving Seniors, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping seniors in poverty live healthy and fulfilling lives, served its 10 millionth meal with the help of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and county Supervisor Ron Roberts. Forty percent of San Diego seniors have to choose between rent and food due to ongoing state and federal budget cuts, according to the nonprofit. The nonprofit provides nearly 600,000 meals each year to its clients, as well as delivers “wrap-around” wellness services, to take care of senior health, mental health, advocacy and housing needs.

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Concert for the Kids Stages Successful $665,000 Fundraiser

The Foundation for the Children of the Californias announced that the Concert for the Kids, held at Santaluz, raised more than $665,000.

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Urban Campout Helps Girls Scouts of Today and Tomorrow

Girl Scouts San Diego’s 18th annual fundraiser, Urban Campout: Island Treasures, raised $385,000 to keep Girl Scouting available and affordable for 40,000 girl and adult members. A portion of the proceeds is earmarked for construction of a new cabin at Girl Scouts’ Balboa Campus. Karen Benito and Denise Scott co-chaired the event and Taylor Baldwin and Elizabeth Dewberry were honorary co-chairs. Qualcomm Inc. was the lead sponsor. San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, a Girl Scouts board member, and Councilman Todd Gloria participated in the program.

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Voices’ Wish List Gets Big Boost from Starry Starry Night

Starry Starry Night, Voices for Children’s signature gala, had a record-breaking year, raising $1.37 million for foster children in San Diego County.

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Discover Some Top Spots for Watching Downtown’s Evolution

It took some pluck and vision to build the Meridian — downtown San Diego’s first luxury high-rise condominium tower. Apparently, that is what developer Walter Alex Smyk had an abundance of as he pushed forward through multiple obstacles to get it done.

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Gala Recognizes Some Dogged Efforts to Keep San Diego Safe

The San Diego Police Foundation’s fourth annual Gold Shield Gala recently honored police dogs and their officers as “superheroes.”

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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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HUYA Bioscience Gives Even More to Fight Against Cancer

HUYA Bioscience International recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the company’s founding at the US Grant hotel in San Diego. The event included live entertainment and video greetings from colleagues and key opinion leaders in Japan and China. As part of HUYA’s mission to develop new treatments for cancer, the company announced that it has donated $20,000 to Breast Cancer Angels, a nonprofit providing financial and emotional assistance to breast cancer patients and their families. The organization accepted the donation and shared its experiences with the guests.

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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.

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