Options For All announced that in partnership with Joey Travolta’s film company, Inclusion Films, the team is preparing to direct Travolta’s first feature film in 12 years, “Carol of the Bells.” The film is intended to disrupt mistaken myths about adults with unique developmental abilities and characteristics.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced that The New Children’s Museum and the Barona Cultural Center were among 30 finalists nationwide for its 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
The Visual and Performing Arts Foundation, or VAPA, hosted its Inaugural Spotlight fundraising event recently at the University Club Atop Symphony Towers. One hundred arts supporters attended the event to raise funds to enhance the quality and access to arts education for San Diego Unified School District students.
Pharmaceutical leader Cam Garner and his wife Wanda, a cancer workshop facilitator and philanthropic fundraiser, are longtime supporters of medical research and treatment efforts at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health. Recently, the couple gave $2 million to establish the Garner Family Chancellor’s Endowed Chair in Blood and Marrow Transplant to support excellence in research, teaching and clinical care at UC San Diego Health in the field of blood cancers in general, and blood and marrow transplant (BMT) in particular.
A distinctive feature of Coronado’s skyline for more than 40 years, the Coronado Shores high-rise condominium towers, adjacent to the iconic Hotel del Coronado, occupy some of California’s most prized beachfront settings.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s raised $60,000 for Miracle Babies at the five-year anniversary of the Miracle Circle Auxiliary recently at La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla.
Local nonprofit Fresh Start Surgical Gifts hosted its 27th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic recently at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. The event raised $215,000, surpassing its fundraising goal of $200,000, and was hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro, best known for his role in “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”
The San Diego Association of Corporate Counsel hosted its 18th annual gala, the Black & White Ball, at the Marriott Marquis hotel. Five-hundred in-house counsel and business leaders attended the spectacular “Old Hollywood” themed event.
The USS Midway Foundation announced that it awarded $10,000 to the San Diego Center for Children. The donation helps further implement the center’s Empowered Families program to better respond to the needs of families with a child suffering from a mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder.
After an extensive nationwide search, San Diego Grantmakers announced the appointment of its new President and CEO Debbie McKeon.
San Diego Workforce Partnership won a $1.2 million philanthropic funding contest by national nonprofit Strada Education Network. The funding increases access and diversity in tech through income share agreements, or ISAs, a student loan alternative by which a student agrees to pay a small proportion of their income for a set period of time.
The Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community program, in partnership with Project for Public Spaces, announced that it awarded a national grant to the Balboa Park Conservancy.
National Endowment for the Arts acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019.
In boom times and bust, the somewhat rocky metamorphosis of downtown San Diego from a commercial district to a dynamic and diverse place to live and work is remarkable.
Just in Time for Foster Youth in partnership with the Clinton Foundation and The San Diego Foundation, hosted Chelsea Clinton recently, during one of JIT’s mentoring program sessions, “Coach Approach,” where Clinton spoke with JIT and transitioning foster youth.
Jewish Family Service of San Diego received more than 1,490 pounds of fresh chicken from Jimbo’s…Naturally! and Smart Chicken to share with food insecure families, older adults and military personnel in San Diego County.
The San Diego Rescue Mission received a $45,150 gift from Sempra Energy.
Veterinary Specialty Hospital’s seventh annual Holiday Pet Food Drive donated 8,310 pounds of pet food to the San Diego Food Bank, which translated into more than 11,000 meals to hungry companion animals across San Diego County. More than 170 pounds plus cash to purchase more was collected.
The McAlister Institute announced that it received an $11,195 grant from Las Patronas to fund a wellness courtyard at the organization’s Kiva Learning Center for Women and Children.
The Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation has awarded $15,000 to the San Diego Center for Children which will be used to support the center’s Empowered Families program to better respond to the needs of families with a child suffering from mental, emotional, or behavioral challenges.
Reality Changers, a San Diego-based nonprofit that provides youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with the academic support, financial assistance, and leadership training to become college graduates, announced that after 10 years of setting up and taking down shared space for its programs, it moved its entire operation to the fourth floor of its current building. It went from a 3,000-square-foot-office to nearly 15,000 square feet fully dedicated to its programs and operations.
Nothing is visible from the street but an iron gate that opens to a long, curving drive that leads to the far side of the property. A welcoming, stone-clad, clean-lined porte-cochère frames the entrance.
San Diego-based Guild Mortgage announced that it raised more than $300,000 for three local charities. The company recently donated $100,000 each to the Monarch School, Urban Corps of San Diego County and Home Start. The donation was on behalf of the Guild Giving Foundation, which hosted its second annual charity golf tournament and dinner social last fall at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. The event raised nearly $500,000 in its first two years.
San Diego-based April Bisharat, founder of Love 15 Tennis and a former professional tennis player, hosted a fundraising “tennis fest and clinic” to benefit her tennis student 15-year-old Daniella Benitez’s, Build A Miracle team house. The event raised $2,000 toward Benitez’s goal.
The charming Tudor-style home on Hillside Drive in La Jolla is far removed from the hustle-bustle of the trendy upscale community in the business district below.
In honor of National Mentoring Month, Promises2Kids hosted a Mentor Appreciation Event, which brought foster youth and their mentors together at Rockin’ Baja Lobster in Mira Mesa recently.
More than 500 kids and parents filled Del Sur Elementary’s main hall for the fourth annual Mathnasium Math Night, participating in math and STEM-focused games and activities.
Barons Market served up local brews from Refuge Brewery at the store’s Backroom Beer Pairing of 2019 recently.
The ALS Association Greater San Diego Chapter has received a $125,000 donation from Paul Negulescu, senior VP at Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc., which operates a facility in San Diego. Negulescu was one of five scientists recently honored with a Warren Alpert Foundation prize.
St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, or SMSC, partnered with The Marine Room to host the annual Tea by the Sea celebration recently. The event hosted 210 guests and raised more than $19,000 to fund SMSC’s art program, where students can explore their creativity through a variety of artistic mediums at Sophie’s Gallery.
U.S. Bank announced that it awarded $5,000 to the San Diego Center for Children’s Music Enrichment Program. The music program empowers youth with mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders to overcome the challenges they are experiencing and the obstacles that keep them from achieving their greatest potential.
GBOD Hospitality Group, the team behind Mezé Greek Fusion, Havana 1920, El Chingon, Prohibition Liquor Bar, Monkey King and Mezé at Liberty Station, presented It’s All About The Kids foundation with a check for $17,500 at its holiday party for kids at the Feed The Kids Food Pantry.
Hardcore Fitness San Diego donated $2,600 to local nonprofit Fresh Start Surgical Gifts to benefit kids with physical deformities. All proceeds will benefit the Fresh Start Medical Program that provides free-of-cost reconstructive surgery for infants, children and teens with physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents, abuse or disease.
The Helen Woodward Animal Center announced that Center Pet Encounter Therapy Manager, Robin Cohen was presented the 10 News LEADership award for her decades-long work in sharing the love of animals with those in need throughout our community. Cohen has led the center’s Pet Encounter Therapy, or PET, program for 25 years.
Inspired by her travels in Indonesia, Thailand and other parts of Asia, Renee Linder has intuitively incorporated the four basic elements essential to life — earth, fire, water and air — into this home in Rancho Del Mar.
Padres Pedal the Cause presented a check for a record-breaking total of $2,940,837 recently to beneficiary representatives from Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Rady Children’s Hospital–San Diego.
December 2018 was a month of giving from its 8th annual Rise & Shine Christmas Dinner to its December-long Woosley Fire donation.
Students from the San Diego Jewish Academy recently presented more than $7,000 of their Hannukah charitable project that reflects the Jewish value of Tikkum Olam or “Repairing the World.”
Junior Achievement of San Diego County announced that Siddhartha “Sidd” Vivek joined the organization as its new president/CEO in late January 2019, succeeding interim President Steve Rowe.
San Diego Rotary, the fourth largest Rotary Club in the world, announced an emergency $10,000 grant to the nonprofit Alpha Project. The funds will be utilized to replace much-needed supplies lost when the homeless shelter flooded out during recent winter storms.
The 39th American Society of Landscape Architects San Diego Golf Tournament, presented by title sponsor Rain Bird, took place last fall at Maderas Golf Course in Poway.
MiraCosta College leader Cynthia Rice was recently honored with City of Oceanside’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award. Rice, who serves as MiraCosta College’s vice president of institutional advancement, was celebrated at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. prayer breakfast Jan. 21.
Heath Dunbar, a student from La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, recently won first place in the 2018 Districts Make the Difference Student Video Contest.
From the air, the ridges of five diamond-shaped metal roofs resemble the marquise cut of a fine diamond. The earth-toned metal structures crown the indoor living areas and shelter the outdoor spaces. Designed by renowned local architect, Ken Ronchetti, it’s a consummate design of form and flow. Like a sentry high above the sea at Torrey Pines Beach, the home is sited between dramatic crevasses of white and golden sandstone cliffs. Inside, angular, sculptural spaces of stone and glass echo the hues of the land and sea beyond. Around every corner, beyond every turn is an artful blend of visionary design with nature.
Walden Family Services, a San Diego-based nonprofit with offices in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino that provides foster care, adoption and transition-age housing agency, announced that Chief Operating Officer Sue Evans was elected to the national Family Focused Treatment Association, or FFTA, board of directors for a three-year term.
The Balboa Park Conservancy announced that at the end of 2018 the nonprofit public-private partnership that cares for Balboa Park was certified as a Points of Light national Service Enterprise. At the same time, the Conservancy was awarded the San Diego Regional Urban Forest Council award for Best Urban Forestry Educational Project.
The Sundt Foundation announced that during its fourth quarter distribution it donated $5,000 to Feeding San Diego to support 40 school food pantry sites across the county.
Mission Federal Credit Union “elves” were able to strike again at the Annual Christmas Tree Donation at the San Diego Center for Children. More than 27 trees were donated across the San Diego Center for the Children’s eight program sites in order to bring much needed holiday cheer to the children and families they serve.
The Greater San Diego Association of Realtors, or SDAR, announced that Kevin Burke was named to a one-year term as the 2019 president. Burke and the 2019 leadership team were installed on Jan.11 at a luncheon at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
The American Society of Landscape Architects, San Diego Chapter, or ASLA-SD, selected Philip Armstrong as its president in 2019.