San Diego Business Journal

Ralphs Grocery Co. donated $110,000 to Feeding America San Diego. The money, raised from "Bringing Hope to the Table," will be used to purchase food and supplies for the Wellness Backpack Program, targeting elementary school children. Feeding America San Diego also received a $25,000 donation from Cargill. "Cargill continues to use their resources to enrich communities and feed people around the world," said Gary McDonald, president and CEO of Feeding America San Diego Manzanita Trail, a Pardee Homes project, won honors in the 2009 Gold Nugget Awards, which included a Grand Award for the California Green Builder category and a Merit Award for Sustainable Residential Neighborhood, Detached Jewish Family Service of San Diego received a $50,000 grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure to facilitate a response to breast cancer. The program will be under the auspices of the Jewish Healing Center and will include an ongoing support group and specialized communitywide events Lara Garner of Fish & Richardson received the Fair Shake Award from the Western Center on Law and Poverty. Garner was selected for her dedication to improving health care services for indigent residents in San Diego. Garner is the first law firm associate to receive the Fair Shake Award The San Diego Better Business Bureau honored 25 students from 12 different high schools in San Diego County for participating in its 2009 Student Ambassador program. Five students who spoke to the highest number of students were presented with cash scholarships from Union Bank, the title sponsor of the BBB's Student Ambassador Program The Northrop Grumman Foundation donated $50,000 to support the United Through Reading's Military Program, which unites children with their deployed parents through recorded DVDs. Northrop Grumman is a major sponsor and has contributed a total of $200,000 to the program The Grossmont College Foundation received a $30,000 grant from Abbott Vascular, which will benefit students enrolled in the college's cardiovascular technology program. Ernest Ewin, Grossmont College Foundation executive director, said the grant will allow the CVT program to stay current with the latest research and instructional information, including new equipment and supplies used by CVT students Home Start received a $10,000 grant from the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation for Bilingual Parental Education classes. Clients served are lower-income families with children who are at-risk of abuse or neglect or who have experienced maltreatment Five San Diego high school students will participate in Bank of America's Student Leaders program. The students will receive eight-week paid summer internships at community nonprofits. They will also attend Bank of America's weeklong Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., where they will learn how corporate, nonprofit and government collaboration is instrumental in community revitalization Dan McNeill, CEO and founder of The McNeill Group, was honored by Target Training International as the recipient of the Bill Brooks IMPACT Award. McNeill was recognized for his business growth and accomplishments in the coaching industry Big Brothers Big Sisters held the fifth annual YPC Chocolat & Vino Affair on July 30 at Stingaree in downtown San Diego. Participating restaurants included Oceanaire, Red Pearl Kitchen and Royal India. Featured chocolatiers included Bella's Finest, Cookie Chew and Eclipse Chocolate Volunteer San Diego received the 2009 George W. Romney Excellence Award for mobilizing volunteers more effectively through technology and social media, and supporting nonprofits and corporate employees in volunteer recruitment. The Romney Excellence Award was founded by former Michigan Gov. George W. Romney.

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