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Foundation Helps Military Kids Stay in Touch With Deployed Parents

The San Diego Futures Foundation has donated 100 computers to Kids in Touch, a nonprofit that gives computers to kids with parents in the military deployed overseas so that they can keep in touch by e-mail.

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The San Diego Futures Foundation received $125,000 from Northrop Grumman Corp. “We are proud that Northrop Grumman has chosen SDFF as a recipient of their generous corporate giving program,” said Barbara Nichols, president of the board.

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The amount raised during the Sleepless in San Diego fund-raiser April 29 was $170,000, which will be used to help provide the homeless with 440,000 free meals and 120,000 nights of shelter.

Major sponsors included Union Bank of California, the Corky McMillin Cos., Ray and Kim McKewon and Ron and Maureen McMahon, who each gave $25,000.

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The San Diego offices of Merrill Lynch contributed $10,000 to sponsor the 25th anniversary commemorative program of the San Diego Unified School District.

The program celebrates the efforts of educators, volunteers and business and community partners to help expand learning opportunities in San Diego.

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The San Diego Chargers Community Foundation distributed more than $400,000 in scholarships and grants, as well as laptop computers donated by the Sony Corp., to local schools and students.

The year’s awards pushed the program total above the $3 million mark. “I’m proud to look back over the past eight years and see how many students and schools we’ve been able to help,” said Dean Spanos, president, San Diego Chargers.

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Moores UC San Diego Cancer Center Celebrity Chefs Cook Gala was held May 12 at Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. The goal was to raise $1 million for the cancer center, to provide support for cancer research, clinical care and prevention programs. More than $700,000 was raised via the gala’s Moores Challenge in which Rebecca and John Moores purchased a second piece of medical equipment for research after gala patrons contributed funds for the first piece.

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The YWCA’s 28th annual Tribute to Women & Industry was held May 11 at the San Diego Convention Center. This year’s luncheon spotlighted 62 female leaders; Bank of America was the presenting sponsor. Proceeds go to the YWCA.

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Golden Care Academy received $29,500 in funding from five foundations, including $15,000 from the Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation; $2,500 from Sempra Energy’s Energy for Others program; $2,500 from the Pratt Memorial Fund at Union Bank of California; $3,500 from the Sidney Stern Memorial Trust and $6,000 from the Weingart-Price Fund. The funds will be used for operational expenses and programs.

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Barona Resort & Casino was the title sponsor for Foundation for Women’s Party With a Purpose. The $75,000 raised benefits the Foundation for Women and its micro-credit programs.

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Mama’s Kitchen presented Mama Loves Mambo on May 11 at Hyatt Regency La Jolla. Sycuan Resort & Casino was the presenting sponsor with the Hyatt Regency, Union Bank of California and Absolut Pears as supporting sponsors. The event raised $172,000, which will go to provide food for Mama’s Kitchen clients.

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The El Cajon Firefighters collected $10,500 at the Eighth Annual Give Burns the Boot event. This has become one of the Burn Institute’s most successful events, raising $200,000, which is used for local fire- and burn-prevention and burn victims’ support programs.

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Vista Hill presented its 16th annual fashion show luncheon May 8 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, which raised $61,000 to provide help to families needing special education, mental health and substance abuse services.

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Home of Guiding Hands’ Second Annual Arts and Tea Celebration generated $10,000 to be spent on those with developmental disabilities assisted by HGH. Sponsors of the Tea which was held May 19 at the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon included Grossmont Heathcare District, the Verbeck Foundation, Barona Band of Mission Indians and Town & Country Printers Inc.

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UC San Diego received a $100,000 gift from the Taiwanese American Foundation of San Diego in support of the growth and expansion of the university’s Taiwan Studies initiative.


Please send Giving information to Stacey Bengtson at

sbengtson@sdbj.com

or San Diego philanthropist Joyce Glazer at

jglazer@sdbj.com

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