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CCF Grant to Help Reclaim People’s Lives Through Recovery

Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, marked its 10th year of giving at its Annual Grants Awards Celebration recently at the Carlsbad Flower Fields. Since 2008, the organization has granted more than $700,000 to 44 programs, improving the quality of life in Carlsbad. This year, CCF awarded $60,000 to Interfaith Community Services to support the new Interfaith Recovery and Wellness Center in Carlsbad.

Greg Anglea, executive director of Interfaith Community Services, said “This most recent grant will connect low-income Carlsbad residents struggling with addiction and mental health issues to our new Recovery and Wellness Center, which will ultimately help local men and women rebuild their lives and move into permanent housing.”

The $60,000 grant will enable the organization to hire a full-time case manager to focus on triage, intervention and placement for substance-addicted individuals at the Recovery and Wellness Center.

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The San Diego Dream House raffle named the prize winners for its13th annual Dream House Raffle.

“Not only did we award 1,700 prizes to ticket holders, we were also able to raise more than $3 million that will allow us to serve families who rely on us while their child is receiving medical treatment,” said Chuck Day, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego.

Pomela Flanigan of San Diego is this year’s grand prize winner. Flanigan receives her choice between $1.3 million paid as an annuity over 20 years or $900,000 as a one-time cash payment.

Carol Nielsen of Oceanside was the second grand prize winner and won her choice of a 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550 Cabriolet, a trip around the world or $125,000 cash.

Katie Mersch of San Diego was the winner of the multiticket drawing and received a 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio or her choice of $50,000 cash.

While the raffle successfully raised much-needed support for the local nonprofit, there were not enough tickets sold to make the grand prize home available as a prize option. For a full list of prizes, winners and raffle rules, visit sdraffle.com.

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The San Diego-based Challenged Athletes Foundation announced unprecedented financial support through its annual grant program, which provides financial assistance for sports equipment, sports prosthetics, coaching, mentoring, and competition expenses for athletes of all ages and abilities who wish to live active lifestyles and compete in sports at any level. Through the 2017 distribution — the largest grant in the organization’s 24-year history — 2,448 recipients in 42 countries are receiving a variety of grants across 97 sports. These grants represent more than $3.7 million in support and a 17 percent growth in the number of approved grants over the 2016 calendar year. The grants are one of the many ways CAF supports athletes with permanent physical challenges, empowers individuals to take part in life-affirming sports and fills an important void that otherwise can leave challenged athletes on the sidelines.

“Any individual who has a physical challenge should never feel left out from participating in sports or physical activities,” said CAF co-founder and Chief Storyteller Bob Babbitt.

Highly technical, and in many cases customized, adaptive sports equipment is expensive and not typically covered by medical insurance, which means many athletes with a desire to be active and compete are not able to function at their highest ability.

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Employees in Turner Construction Co. offices around the world recently joined forces with local charities and organizations for a day of community service.

Turner employees will set out to make a difference in their community with 15,000 hours of community service. In San Diego, Turner volunteers will share their time and energy volunteering for the Girl Scouts San Diego. Turner employees will help landscape the Girl Scouts’ Balboa Park Campus, which will include planting, mulching, gardening and other light outdoor tasks.

The day of service celebrates Turner’s 115th anniversary and its long history of community engagement, outreach, and partnership. The company’s commitment to making a difference in the lives of its people, customers and community is rooted in the belief that service is an essential part of good corporate citizenship.

Send Kudos/Giving items to sglidden@sdbj.com.

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