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Two San Diegans Receive Chairman’s Achievement Award

Two San Diego residents have received the Chairman’s Outstanding Achievement Award from Comerica Bank. Don Starkey, senior vice president and San Diego regional manager of the bank’s middle market banking division, and Angela Putrino, an assistant vice president in the same banking division, were honored for making outstanding contributions to Comerica. Starkey and Putrino will each receive a prize package totaling $5,000 and one additional week of paid vacation, and will be recognized at a special dinner.

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The Alzheimer’s Association 2007 Memories in the Making Gala held May 12 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel presented the Reagan Legacy Award to Dr. Leon Thal (in memoriam). He was professor and chairman of neurosciences at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and director of the university’s Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, as well as a member of the Alzheimer’s Association national board of directors. His wife, Donna, accepted the award on his behalf.

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Audrey Geisel, widow of Theodor Geisel, better known as “Dr. Seuss,” gave $1 million to UC San Diego’s libraries, establishing the Audrey Geisel University Librarianship. The UCSD Libraries are among the youngest universities in the country with such an endowed position, which will assist in the cultivation of valuable resources, rare materials and innovative programs.

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Jerry Fazio, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of East County, has been named National Executive Director of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Professional Association. The honor recognizes Fazio’s commitment to youths and his professional challenges in providing for these children.

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The Rev. George Walker Smith was presented with the Decades of Diversity Award at the San Diego State Diversity Gala on May 10. Smith is founder and president of the Catfish Club, which hosts weekly discussions of issues important to the community.

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Three San Diegans received honorary doctorates from San Diego State University at commencement ceremonies May 12. They are Martha Longenecker, founder and director emeritus of the Mingei International Museum; Leon Williams, former city councilman; and Deborah Szekely, founder of the Golden Door and Ranch La Puerta.

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A Reason to Survive, or ARTS, celebrated its third annual ARTSea Caf & #233; titled “Magical Moments and Memories” on May 19 at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The following ARTS angels were honored for helping ARTS accomplish its mission of healing, inspiring and empowering children by providing innovative arts programs: San Diego National Bank, Corporate Angel; Ronald McDonald House Charities, Foundation Angel; Jim Lennox, Individual Angel; and Patty Villegas, Volunteer Angel.

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The inaugural Midway American Patriot Award Gala scheduled for May 26 pays tribute to the legacy of Bob Hope, the late legendary entertainer and patriot. The event supports the Museum’s No Child Left Ashore education program and scholarship fund.


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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