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Volunteers Take Several Steps to Help Fight Liver Disease

American Liver Foundation’s Pacific Coast Division held the 18th Annual Liver Life Walk in Liberty Station recently. Nearly 600 walkers raised more than $64,000 to support medical research, educate patients, families, caregivers and health care professionals about liver wellness and disease prevention. The team from San Diego-based Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc. was the top fundraising team, raising $7,455.

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Union Bank partnered with the San Diego Chargers for Game Changers, its annual fundraising program, which raised more than $15,000 for Casa de Amparo over the course of the Chargers’ 2015-2016 Season. The Game Changers program culminated with a donation presentation at Chargers Park where Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget and Director of Public Affairs and Corporate/Community Relations Kimberley Layton joined Union Bank Regional President Robbin Narike Preciado to present the donation to Casa de Amparo. Union Bank has been a proud sponsor of the San Diego Chargers for more than 10 years, and during the last three years, the Game Changers program has raised more than $45,000 for local nonprofits. Every dollar donated supports Casa de Amparo’s initiatives to prevent child abuse and mistreatment. Visit casadeamparo.org.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County announced the appointment of a new CEO and President S. Wayne Kay, following the retirement of CEO Deborah Condon after her eight years of service to the local chapter. Kay is an accomplished executive with more than 30 years of experience leading a wide range of organizations primarily focused in the health care and life science industries. He also has extensive nonprofit executive and board leadership experience, with an emphasis on youth character and leadership development.

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Pro Kids | The First Tee of San Diego announced record attendance and contributions at its annual Celebrates event. More than 400 people attended the fundraiser and contributed $500,000 to support the Pro Kids’ golf and education programs for underserved children in City Heights and Oceanside. Peter Ueberroth, former commissioner of Major League Baseball and president of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, was honored for his lifetime contributions to sports and sportsmanship. The event was co-chaired by Jeff Hackett of Chrysalis Wealth Partners at UBS Financial Services Inc. and Steve McCracken, of counsel with the San Diego office of Fish & Richardson, at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines hotel.

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Home Start Inc. hosted its 44th Annual Blue Ribbon Gala at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa to help strengthen families and protect children from abuse. Its theme this year was “Bollywood Nights.” CEO Laura Tancredi-Baese and Board Chair Robin Traylor presented San Diego Councilmember Todd Gloria with an award for being Home Start’s 2016 Outstanding Individual Partner. Key sponsors included the Rodeki Foundation of Rancho Santa Fe, the Dr. Seuss Foundation, the Pack Foundation and Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa.

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San Diego Coastkeeper announced that Tracie Barham, an 18-year veteran of nonprofit leadership, is its new executive director. Barham will lead the water watchdog’s efforts to achieve goals in its 2015-2018 strategic plan, which include lowering San Diego County household water use by 25 percent and training 300 new volunteer scientists to monitor the health of the region’s watersheds. Barham comes to San Diego Coastkeeper from her position as director of development for the

San Diego Botanic Garden.

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BIA Cares, the charitable arm of the Building Industry Association of San Diego County, announced that David Vogel, a partner at Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP, has been appointed president of its board of directors. Vogel, who has been on the board for nearly five years, is joined by officers Jasen Torbett of Shea Homes as vice president, Boyd Masing of Masing Construction Inc. as secretary/treasurer, Kellie Coon of BIA as assistant treasurer and Sam Cadwallader, New Way Landscape & Tree Service, immediate past president.

Since 1995, BIA Cares has donated more than 9,300 bikes to children in need through 200 charitable organizations. In total, BIA Cares has contributed more than $2.3 million to charitable projects and programs in San Diego County.

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

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