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Humane Society, SPCA to Recognize Boone and Madeleine Pickens

San Diego Humane Society and SPCA’s 21st annual Fur Ball will be held Aug. 25 at the Humane Society’s San Diego Campus for Animal Care. Madeleine and Boone Pickens will be honored for their work during the hurricanes Katrina and Rita disaster, for their support of legislation on behalf of horses, and for their commitment to end cruelty to animals.

The Pickens, who are now Del Mar residents, financed the transport of hundreds of animals from the Gulf coast during the hurricane disasters, and they also continue in their commitment to animal welfare.

All proceeds will benefit the animals and vital community programs and services of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA.

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Mossy Nissan in El Cajon has received the Nissan Owner First Award of Excellence for exceeding the highest standards of service and satisfaction.

The awards are based on feedback from customer surveys, which are sent to all customers following new vehicle purchases and after service appointments. It is the highest recognition presented to dealers by Nissan North America.

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The Financial Women International Recognition and Awards honored Norval Bruce, vice chairman and chief credit officer, ITLA Capital Corp./Imperial Capital Bank with the Business Partner of the Year Award; Jan English, educational training specialist, XP Systems Inc. with the Member of the Year Award; Jana Billings, with BancForce Staffing, with the President’s Choice Award; Donna Burtch, assistant to vice chairman & chief credit officer of ITLA Capital Corp./Imperial Capital Bank with the President’s Award; and Mique Kee, vice president operations manager for Mission Federal Credit Union, with the Celebrating Leadership Award.

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The San Diego North Chamber of Commerce named Evangeline Larson, founder of Winton & Larson LLP, its Committee Chair of the Year.

The award recognizes her volunteer efforts with the chamber.

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Linda Stirling, senior vice president, financial consultant at RBC Dain Rauscher’s La Jolla office, has been named to the list of Top 100 Women Financial Advisers in Barron’s June 11 issue.

Stirling was ranked at 28th, up 22 places from the previous year’s ranking at 50th on the list.

The list was compiled by the Winner’s Circle, an advocacy organization that publishes similar research in various publications across the country.

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David Braff, professor of psychiatry at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, received the Distinguished Investigator Award.

Braff was recognized for his work linking genetics to schizophrenia from Narsad: the Mental Health Research Association.

In addition, Narsad selected five scientists from UCSD to receive the 2007 Young Investigator Awards, two-year $60,000 grants for research on psychiatric disorders.

Braff will receive a one-year grant of $100,000 to advance a project to understand the complex genetic makeup of different measurable characteristics of schizophrenia.

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Tony Gwynn was named Mr. Padres at Petco Park on July 21. A 9 & #733;-foot statue of Tony was unveiled at the pre-game ceremony with Padres owners , John and Becky Moores; Padres CEO Sandy Alderson and President Dick Freeman along with Tony’s family. He was honored for his twenty years with the San Diego Padres and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame July 29 in Cooperstown, New York.

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Sandy Purdon received the National Environmental Leadership Award from the BoatUS Foundation. He was one of 50 nominated nationwide. The San Diego Port Tenants Association, California Yacht Marinas and the California Department of Boating and Waterways nominated Sandy for starting Clean Marinas California, the only non-government administered Clean Marina Program in the United States. He was given an engraved stone display along with a $1,000 prize, which he donated to the Clean Marinas California.

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Carol A. Fitzgibbons, Executive Director, Home of Guiding Hands received the 2007 Ben Polak Award of Excellence from United Way of San Diego County. This award is presented annually to a chief administrative officer of a United Way agency who has made an exemplary contribution and/or provided exceptional and creative leadership in the human care field.

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Oceanside Museum of Art presented the Medal of Distinction to honorees Jean Burns and John Steiger and Mary Steiger at the Museum Ball July 28 at the Civic Center Plaza in Oceanside. This annual tradition honors members of the museum who have made a significant contribution to the success of the museum and to the community.

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The Globe Guilders Celebrate Couture recognizes Valerie Cooper, honorary chair, and the honorary committee for their support of The Old Globe’s artistic endeavors, and their Educational Outreach Programs, which bring an understanding of live theatre to the community. Neiman Marcus presents Carolina Herrera couture fashions on Aug. 7 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina.

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Dr. Dan Croy received the Wal-Mart Teaching Excellence award at the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs national convention.

The award was created by the ACBSP and funded by the Wal-Mart Foundation to recognize and support teaching excellence.

Dr. Croy won the ACBSP Region 7 competition, which spans the member colleges and and universities western states and provinces of the United States and Canada.


Please send Kudos information to Stacey Bengtson at

sbengtson@sdbj.com

or San Diego philanthropist Joyce Glazer at

jglazer@sdbj.com

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