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Oggi’s, Tomlinson Lead the Charge at Fundraising Tournament

Oggi’s Sports Brewhouse|Pizza and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee LaDainian Tomlinson raised $30,000 at the 2nd Annual Oggi’s LaDainian Tomlinson Celebrity Golf Tournament held at Sycuan Golf Resort. Proceeds from the event benefit Tomlinson’s Touching Lives Foundation and its programs in Southern California, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego and the Angelman Syndrome Foundation.

Angelman syndrome is a neurogenetic disorder that affects development, balance, and speech. Tomlinson’s Touching Lives Foundation supports disadvantaged children in California and Tomlinson’s native state of Texas. In addition, the foundation feeds 2,100 families each Thanksgiving and supports programs benefiting families of servicemen and women stationed overseas.

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Point Loma Credit Union President/CEO Dave Brooke, announced the 2017 PLCU scholarship winners who each earned a $2,500 award to continue their education and inspirational contributions to society. The three winners are:

Ryan Thomas Lehmkuhl, a Heritage Christian School student, cryptographer, and cybersecurity enthusiast. Lehmkuhl developed a science fair project on web encryption vulnerabilities when using public Wi-Fi. His project placed third in the state and led to an internship at the SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific. Lehmkuhl plans to pursue a double major in computer science and applied mathematics at UC Berkeley.

Meghana Reddy, a student at Francis Parker School and founder of nonprofit Limbs with Love that uses 3-D printing to make artificial limbs for children in Third World countries. Reddy plans to attend Stanford University and earn a double major in computational biology and technology and a minor in business.

Olia Javidi, also a Francis Parker School student. Javidi is a robot builder and runs robotics education assemblies at elementary schools throughout San Diego County with her Hands on Robotics program. Javidi also created UnitedSTEM, an equality conference that teaches students about race, sexual orientation and gender in a STEM context. Javidi plans to become a civil engineer with an emphasis on transportation systems at Cornell University.

The PLCU Scholarship also provides winners an incentive to complete their education. If they maintain a full course load with at least a 2.75 GPA, they are eligible for additional awards of $1,000 each for their sophomore, junior and senior years, for a possible total award of $5,500.

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The San Diego County Ronald McDonald House Charities/HACER Scholarship Program presented 10 local high school students of Hispanic descent with $2,000 each to pursue higher education.

The program recognizes local high school seniors of Hispanic descent who demonstrate academic excellence, strong community involvement, personal success and a desire to give back to their communities. This year’s record number of applicants was carefully reviewed by a panel of local judges comprised of community members, and McDonald’s, Ronald McDonald House and education representatives.

Christian Sandoval, the San Diego County RMHC/HACER scholarship chair and a San Diego McDonald’s owner/operator, said: “Each year, we continue to be amazed by the high levels of academic excellence, personal determination and leadership that our applicants have demonstrated from the early stages of their academic careers.”

This year’s recipients are: Claudia Bobadilla — Bonita Vista High School; Jonathan Bojorquez — Helix High School; Ariana Diaz-Rauda — El Camino High School; Dariela Herrada — Sweetwater High School; Sophia Kazmierowicz — Canyon Crest Academy; Brandon Palacios — Vista High School; Jacqueline Puga — Chula Vista High School; Kate Sequeira — San Dieguito Academy; Leslie Torres — Hoover High School; and Lizbeth Villar-Aguirre — Otay Ranch High School.

The goal of the RMHC U.S. Scholarship Program is to provide resources to students who need financial assistance to attend college. Since 1985, more than 31,000 students across the U.S. have received more than $59 million in scholarships. Visit rmhcsd.org.

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Mission Federal Credit Union recently joined San Diego Unified School District officials, civic and community leaders and the San Diego Pad Squad at a barbecue event to kick off the Summer Fun Café program. The Summer Fun Café is a summer meal program that gives children the nutritious meals they need to keep hunger at bay and remain healthy throughout the summer. Last summer, more than 225,000 meals were served through the Summer Fun Café.

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

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