San Diego Business Journal

Darlene Shiley donated $1.25 million to San Diego State University for heart disease research in her husband's name. The gift will fund the Donald P. Shiley Center for Cardiovascular Research, which will be housed on the third floor of the SDSU BioScience Center, and will honor Donald's contributions to the field. "As a product of the state university system, I'm very aware of the fact that San Diego State needs private support," Darlene Shiley said. The BioScience Center is an innovative research facility where scientists study links between infectious and heart diseases.

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Penelope and George Nicholas, along with sons James and Nick, have established the Nicholas Family Endowed Chair in Modern Greek History at UC San Diego's Department of History. Their $500,000 lead gift is for funding the final chair in a trio of endowed Greek history faculty chairs. The endowment made it possible for UCSD to bring Thomas Gallant to campus to teach modern Greek history and culture as well as pursue research in the field.

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The Pacific Athletic Club in Carmel Valley has raised $184,000 for four charities' wildfire funds. The funds will be distributed to the San Diego/Imperial Counties of the American Red Cross, The UCSD Burn Center, Project Concern International's Las Californias Fire Fund and The San Diego Foundation After-the-Fires Fund.

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Mingei International Museum received a $100,000 grant from the J. Dallas and Mary H. Clark Fund at The San Diego Foundation. The gift is helping the museum secure a $500,000 challenge grant from the Frances Hamilton White Foundation in honor of the 30th anniversary of the museum.

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Walden Family Services received a $15,000 grant from Day for Change, an organization comprised of financial management professionals in San Diego County. The grant award will enable Walden Family Services to continue serving and placing treatment-level foster children and youth in homes. Funds will also be used to support foster parent training and the Independent Futures Program, which provides life skills training and education.

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The La Jolla Music Society received a $100,000 gift from La Jollans Raffaella and John Belanich. The funds were used to purchase a Steinway piano that will be stored at the Museum of Contemporary Art's Sherwood Auditorium, which has partnered with the music society and will use the instrument during special events. The piano was named the Belanich Steinway in honor of the Belanichs.

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Social Advocates for Youth received a $13,500 gift from the Art Pratt Foundation of the Old Mission Rotary Club to support services to at-risk youth at SAY's Mid-City Family Resource Center. The funding will be used to purchase computers, furniture and equipment for a new teen center that will offer vocational and computer classes and homework assistance.

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Mainly Mozart received a $4,500 grant from AT & T; to support educational outreach among high school students in southeastern San Diego. With the support of AT & T;, Mainly Mozart will expand their presence in southeast San Diego through a comprehensive partnership with the Lincoln High School Center for the Arts.

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The American Heart Association held its annual Go Red for Women luncheon at the Hotel del Coronado on Feb. 8. The event raised $270,000 to support education and research.

Please send Giving items to contributing writer Joyce Glazer at jglazer@sdbj.com .