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Ronald McDonald House Raises $70,000 at US Grant Hotel Event

Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego raised $70,000 at its Sky’s the Limit fund-raising event held April 21 at the US Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego. Major sponsors included Bosa Development Corp., Pureology, Bulgari, Golden State Foods and La Jolla Spa MD. The money raised will be used to help operate the Ronald McDonald House.

Judi Sheppard Missett, founder and chief executive officer of Jazzercise Inc., gave $50,000 to help support construction of the Boys & Girls Clubs’ new clubhouse in Carlsbad.

“With our donation, we’re hoping to instill a love of exercise and dance at an early age, thereby promoting fitness as a way of life,” Missett said in a news release. “I’m pleased to be able to help provide a special place to enrich the lives of Carlsbad’s kids.”

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Designer Zac Posen was guest of honor when Nordstrom and Voices for Children hosted a cocktail benefit recently. The event, underwritten by Nordstrom, netted $50,000 for the Voices for Children nonprofit organization.

“Nordstrom is a strong community partner here in the San Diego area, and their support will raise awareness and make a difference in the lives of the foster children we serve,” said Sharon Lawrence, president and CEO of Voices for Children.

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The Salvation Army Kroc Center held its Tour de Kroc presented by Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. on March 24 at the Kroc Center in City Heights. Other sponsors included Cricket Communications, Starbucks, Henry’s, Panera Bread and Vitamin Shoppe. The $50,000 raised will go to the scholarship fund to provide children access to the Kroc Center programs.

The Woofstock dog and People festival was held in Balboa Park on April 14. Major Sponsor Ruff Haus Design Inc. contributed toward the $30,000 raised at the event, which was donated to the Southwest Regional Center of Canine Companions for Independence. CCI provides assisted-living dogs to people with disabilities.

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Flippin’ Pizza has donated 100 percent of its proceeds from the restaurant’s opening weekend in Encinitas to the Encinitas Educational Foundation, as well as 100 percent of its proceeds when the restaurant opened its Vista location in mid-April. The $5,700 raised for this event was given to the Vista Education Foundation.

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The Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary has donated $600 to Abraxas High School in the Poway Unified School District to help cover the costs of the installation of a $3,000 commercial grade outdoor grill for the campus. The grill will be used to provide a “credit breakfast” every quarter as an incentive to students earning 10 or more credits in one quarter. The Churches of North County Inland, as well as the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce also contributed toward the grill.

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The Audrey S. Geisel Dr. Seuss Fund was a major sponsor of the San Diego Museum of Art’s 26th annual Art Alive event held in Balboa Park.


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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