San Diego Business Journal

The University of San Diego held its inaugural Founders’ Gala as part of its yearlong 60th anniversary celebration. The event was held Nov. 14 at USD and raised $520,000 for USD’s Founders’ Endowed Scholarship Fund. Donald and Darlene Shiley were the Diamond Donors for the gala … The second annual San Diego Discovery Gala was held Nov. 14 at Paradise Point Resort. The event raised $207,000 for American Cancer Society research and programs, which provide care for cancer patients. SAIC Inc. was the Diamond Sponsor and Bank of America, Dell, Office Max and UC San Diego Medical Center/Moores UCSD Cancer Center were Silver Sponsors … Kinderhouse Montessori School in Rancho Bernardo collected donations for the San Diego Food Bank at the Family Event held Nov. 18. Starbucks, Jimbos… Naturally! and JW Tumbles were among the contributors. Children from the Rancho Bernardo and 4S Ranch communities donated 14 boxes of food for those in need … The Salvation Army El Cajon kicked off its fundraising effort for the East County Toy & Food Drive on Nov. 24 at Hooleys Restaurant at Grossmont Center in La Mesa. All tips, donations and a percentage of the evening’s income supported the drive. More than 1,500 East County families applied for the first distribution day, which is scheduled for Dec. 17 ... LG Mobile Phones employees joined forces with local service and nonprofit organizations through the LG Gives Back Program with 200 employees volunteering throughout the greater San Diego community. Senior Community Centers, Pro Kids and Autism Tree Foundation were some of the organizations served by LG employees … Five San Diego County students received a $500 scholarship each from the Ford Motor Company Fund for their green idea that they could do by using the engaging medium of online video. The event was part of the annual Green Skills for Life event at the San Diego Air & Space Museum … Wells Fargo & Co.’s Southern California team members pledged $589,000 through the organization’s annual community support and United Way campaign. The team features members from San Diego, Imperial, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The funds support local nonprofit organizations and schools … The La Jolla New Generations Rotary Club worked with Sweetwater Union High School District to collect band, orchestra and mariachi instruments to give elementary school students an opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument. The mission of the Scholar’s Music Project is to create social change through sustainable music education opportunities at the elementary school level … The Carlsbad Charitable Foundation received a $25,000 matching grant from the Leichtag Family Foundation. Businesses and individuals making a five-year commitment at $1,000 per year by Dec. 31 will see their donations increase as their first-year contributions will be matched by the LFF. “Our 2009-2010 charitable focus will be on Civil Society: Building a Better Carlsbad Together,” said Yvonne Murchison Finocchiaro, board chair of the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation … Patricia Smith received a Local Hero award from Bank of America. The awards showcase heroes who champion causes vital to the well-being of their communities and include a $5,000 contribution to the recognized nonprofit organization chosen by each recipient. Smith’s $5,000 donation goes to ArtsBusXpress to provide San Diego County students bus transportation to arts- and culture-related events … The 14th annual Mariachi Scholarship Foundation Charity Golf Tournament was held Oct. 30 at the Salt Creek Golf Course in Chula Vista. The $30,000 raised will contribute to scholarships that the foundation will award to graduates in the Mariachi in the Schools Program and mariachi students at Southwestern College … The Green Team at the Gemological Institute of America teamed up with the R-Kids Green Team for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad to raise funds through recyclable trash. To date, $1,400 has been raised. The funds were used to buy recycling containers to hold the collected items and fund a cooking club that was cut from the clubs’ 2009 budget … Barrio Logan College Institute received a $10,000 grant from the Charles & Ruth Billingsley Foundation, and $5,000 from Union Bank, N.A., both in support of BLCI’s College Prep Programs.

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