San Diego Business Journal

The San Diego Chargers Fire Relief Fund distributed $650,000 in its initial round of grants to benefit San Diego County recovery and rebuilding efforts following the 2007 wildfires. "We need to recognize and commend the work being done by the local organizations to help victims get back on their feet," Chargers President Dean Spanos said. Interfaith Community Services and the San Diego Food Bank were among those agencies receiving grants.

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The United Jewish Federation Women's Division Options raised $346,000 at an event held at the Hilton La Jolla at Torrey Pines. The title sponsor was Simcha San Diego Kosher Catering. Corporate sponsors included Lake Elsinore Storm Baseball, San Diego Jewish Journal, Classic Residence by Hyatt and First Republic Bank.

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Fish & Richardson P.C. donated $106,000 in attorney fees in a case the firm is litigating with the Western Center on Law & Poverty. The nonprofit organization enforces the rights of low-income residents to the basic necessities of life. Fish & Richardson began working with WCLP in 2005, serving as pro bono counsel in a lawsuit the two entities brought against the county of San Diego regarding policies for providing health care services to poor residents.

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LaMaestra Community Health Centers received a $10,000 grant from the Hervey Family Fund at the San Diego Foundation in support of the La Maestra Heart of the Community $10 million capital campaign. The funds raised from the campaign will be used to construct a community health clinic.

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United Through Reading received a $170,000 contribution from professional golfer Rory Sabbatini and his wife Amy for its military program. This program helps parents deployed on Navy ships or overseas duty stations throughout the Middle East to read books aloud and on DVD.

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Home of Guiding Hands raised $82,000 at its 34th Annual Heart & Hand Ball at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel, an event presented by Grossmont Healthcare District. Other sponsors included Union Bank of California and American Airlines. HGH also received a $33,500 grant from the Santee City Council to improve six homes owned and operated by HGH for Santee residents with disabilities.

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The Emilio Nares Foundation received a $32,000 grant from MBE, the local franchisor of the UPS Store and Mail Boxes, Etc. The money will go to support and expand a nutritional education program that provides cooking classes and meals for low income families with children being treated at Rady Children's Hospital.

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Edco Disposal Corp., donated $15,000 to the 16th Annual Fresh Start for Kids Celebrity Golf Classic. The money will benefit the nonprofit's surgery weekend, where children with deformities receive free reconstructive surgery.

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Sprites of East County, comprised of mothers and daughters who live in the Grossmont Union High School District, celebrated its 40th anniversary March 8 at the East County Performing Arts Center in El Cajon. The $20,000 raised benefits Sprites-supported charities, which include Horsemanship for the Handicapped, Habitat for Humanity and ElderHelp of San Diego.

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The American Cancer Society tee-off reception for the San Diego Invitational Golf Tournament was sponsored by the Grand Del Mar Resort Feb. 28. Wells Fargo is the title sponsor with a $40,000 donation. Local philanthropist Ken Baumgartner was recognized for his $100,000 contribution.

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The San Diego Chamber Orchestra held its 24th anniversary gala March 1 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla. Frances Hunter was honored for her support of the educational programs of the organization. The event raised $155,000.

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The Bill Blass New York's spring 2008 fashion show was held March 10 at the Rancho Santa Fe home of Wendy Walker. The $10,000 raised benefits KidsKorps USA.

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