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CVCF Grants Support the Well-Being of Its Community

Chula Vista Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, awarded a record $50,232 to three nonprofits at its 7th Annual Grants Celebration at the Barnhart Cancer Center.

This year, CVCF focused on projects that support the physical and mental well-being and educational development of youth within Chula Vista. The programs funded are Chula Vista’s Opus Afterschool Music Programs with the San Diego Youth Symphony ($25,000); Science Without Boundaries Wildlife Camps with Living Coast Discovery Center ($13,232); and Parent/Infant Program with The Arc of San Diego ($12,000).

“Thanks to the collective support of our local leaders, friends and neighbors, the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation has granted more than $240,000 in the past seven years, allowing us to play an active role in improving the quality of life within our community,” Debbie Espe, CVCF board chair said.

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Inspired by outreach from a Student Services Coordinator at MiraCosta College, Sustainable Surplus Exchange announced a new program, “Success 4 Students,” to support students in need at local high schools, community colleges and universities.

Each month, SSE will collaborate with local educational entities to identify a students in need and provide them with items to help them succeed on their educational journey. Items range from computers to office supplies to desks. The program will accommodate up to four students a month to start.

SSE CEO Sue Prelozni said the nonprofit recently helped a single mom of a 2-year-old girl who couldn’t afford a computer and was doing her homework on her cellphone. SSE provided the computer and a computer desk. MiraCosta services coordinator Beatriz Palmer bought the necessary software program with her personal funds.

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The 2nd Annual Kick Off to Summer White Party benefiting Miracle Babies at Humphreys By the Bay raised $14,200 for the organization. Attendees enjoyed a live band, cotton candy, kettle corn, gourmet appetizers, dancing, DJ, casino tables, and handmade cigars to support the nonprofit.

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Sara Husby

The Anza-Borrego Foundation’s board of trustees announced Sara Husby as its new executive director to advance its land conservation efforts, youth and adult education programs and research partnerships.

A native of Chicago and graduate of UC Davis, Husby was previously executive director at Tuleyome, a nonprofit conservation program based in Woodland. She was also a principal player in the seven-year campaign to protect the Berryessa Snow Mountain area in Northern California. This culminated in the July 2015 declaration by President Barack Obama of Berryessa Snow Mountain as a National Monument.

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The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy was awarded two grants to fund the studies needed to move forward with the design and planning of the River Path Del Mar Phase 3 Extension Project, the final segment of the path. REI and The Malk Nature Fund each have granted the SDRVC $15,000 to cover the estimated $30,000 cost of completing the topographical and right-of-way mapping and biological studies.

This final segment of the path is an approximate half-mile project that will extend the path from the Grand Avenue Overlook to the Crest Canyon Trail, which will enable users to eventually reach the ocean via the trail through Crest Canyon and the Torrey Pines Reserve Eastern Extension. The River Path is a favorite destination — in addition to the Birdwing Open Air Classroom and Coast to Crest Trail — for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy at the San Dieguito Lagoon.

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USO San Diego’s 76th Annual Stars and Stripes Gala: Land of the Free… Because of the Brave to date has raised $738,000 in donations for our local military.

The event honored Malin Burnham, philanthropist and author of the book, “Community Before Self.” Premier title sponsors for the event were, Hélène and George Gould and Doug and Geniya Manchester. Co-Chairs included Arlene and Richard Esgate, Reena and Sam Horowitz, Jeanne Jones, Don Breitenberg and Stephanie Brown.

The gala celebrated the strong, enduring relationship between San Diego and our Armed Forces, and featured the stories of San Diego service members who shared their experiences and inspired attendees with their bravery.

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

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