San Diego Business Journal

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer raised $1 million at its Four-Mile Walk held Oct. 19 at Balboa Park. The event benefits research programs of the American Cancer Society. Major sponsors included KNSD 7/39 television, KyXy radio, Souplantation and Ralphs The Junior Seau Foundation honored Luis Castillo at an annual teammate luncheon held Oct. 14. Fujitsu, Toshiba America, EDCO Disposal and Filippi's Pizza Grotto were presenting sponsors. Seau stated, "We're proud to honor Luis Castillo for his commanding presence on the football field and his generosity and kindness off the field." The YMCA of San Diego County received $500,000 from Microsoft to upgrade server technology and add licenses for the company's software products. The grant represents huge savings to the Y's technology system, the nonprofit said The University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The grant will provide 10 students from disadvantaged groups a $10,000 scholarship San Diego State University will establish the Institute for the Teaching of Critical Thinking Skills with a $1.5 million endowed gift to the college of education. "Critical thinking skills build the foundation for ethical decisions and democratic action," said Rie Hovda, dean of the college Stath Karras, executive managing director of Cushman & Wakefield in San Diego, received the Daniel F. Mulvihill Leadership Award from the University of San Diego Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate. Imaging Healthcare Specialists' 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament netted $40,000, which was donated to Fresh Start Surgical Gifts to support surgery weekends in which poor children receive reconstructive surgery. Combined Health Agencies honored Fresh Start volunteer Mandi Farmer for her volunteer work at Surgery Weekend as well as her fundraising activity. Sherri Petro, president of VPI Strategies, was also honored by Combined Health Agencies. She was named Volunteer of the Year for her outstanding contribution to Mental Health America of San Diego The Emilio Nares Foundation held the Harvest for Hope on Sept. 14. Event sponsors included the Lance Armstrong Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities. The $90,000 raised will benefit programs that provide life-enhancing programs to families of children being treated for cancer The Salvation Army Kroc Center raised $25,000 at Fork it Over for Kids event on Oct. 11. Sponsors included Henry's, San Diego Magazine and Channel 4 San Diego. Proceeds go to a scholarship fund, which makes it possible for children, adults and seniors to participate in programs regardless of ability to pay The Copley Family YMCA was scheduled to honor Tom Wornham on Oct. 28 at the 26th Annual Civic Tribute Event. Wornham, regional manager with Wells Fargo Bank, has served in the county in a variety of positions, most recently as chair of the board of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. The American Heart Association presented Dr. Jim Dunford with a Physician Volunteer of the Year award Joanne and Frank Warren have donated a matching grant to the Mingei International Museum. Contributions made between September and June will count toward a $500,000 challenge match Sharon Lawrence, president and CEO of Voices for Children, was named Woman of the Year by San Diego Magazine. Lawrence was recognized for her vision and professionalism in expanding Voices for Children's impact among abused and neglected foster children as well as her mentoring work with the Fieldstone Leadership Network The Santaluz Club raised $14,000 to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation at a luncheon and ladies golf tournament Canyon Acres Children and Family Services raised $130,000 at a charity event held Oct. 5. The proceeds fund programs that provide services for abused, neglected and emotionally troubled children.

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