San Diego Business Journal

The Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund awarded eight grants totaling $260,055 to nonprofit organizations in San Diego County. The committee’s focus was in the areas of Military and Arts & Culture. Those selected for grants ranging from $16,000 to $48,000 were: Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA; University of San Diego/Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science; Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County; ARTS: A Reason to Survive; The New Children’s Museum; Military Outreach Ministry; The Escondido Creek Conservancy’s Art & Culture Program; and High Tech High North County’s Theatre Arts Program. In the six years since its inception, the RSF Women’s Fund has given $1,325,055 to 40 nonprofit agencies … The San Diego County Bar Foundation announced grants totaling $100,000 to 13 nonprofit organizations to assist low-income residents in need of legal advice and representation. This is the second grants awards this year totaling $200,000, which comes from fundraising efforts and gifts. Amounts range from $2,000 to $15,000 per agency. Those receiving $15,000 are Center for Community Solutions and Elder Law & Advocacy … Leslye Lyons, founder of Words Alive, a literacy organization that inspires a commitment to reading and develops shared reading experiences for children, was selected as the San Diego Channel 10 Leadership Award winner. Lyons founded the organization in 1999. Today, the program is administered by group facilitators and volunteers who use books to reach at-risk teens … Marilyn Stark was awarded the 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award from Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas at a luncheon June 24. Stark, a Carlsbad resident, was founder and first chair of Circle of Life 100 and has played a significant role in developing the organization into a leading advocate for health education and philanthropy in support of Scripps Encinitas … The National Alliance on Mental Illness held a rummage sale June 26 to help raise awareness of NAMI services. The event raised $2,000 to support education and advocacy for mental illness. NAMI provides family, teen and corporate outreach services and programs … Five San Diego juniors and seniors were selected to attend the 2010 Bank of America Student Leadership Summit held in Washington, D.C., on July 18-23. They were recognized for their passion for community service and leadership. Those who attended the Summit were Chelsea Dugger, Jasmyn Hiday, Daniela Irazabal, Amber Thomas and Michelle Zhang. “Providing opportunities for our youth to be leaders in their communities is important not only for our long-term success in San Diego but also as a nation and world,” said Richard Bregman, San Diego market president, Bank of America … Nordstrom Inc. in Fashion Valley held a Tile Painting Party on May 8 to benefit Voices for Children as part of its store remodeling. Children from San Diego County were invited to paint tiles after receiving instructions from Seattle artist Charles Bigger. The event raised $8,400 for Voices for Children to help support its Court Appointed Special Advocates efforts. Nordstrom underwrote the entire event to ensure all funds raised went to the charity … Ronald McDonald House hosted a Casino Night on July 10 to benefit Miracle Babies. Sponsors included Robbins Umeda LLP and Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns. San Diego Humane Society and SPCA will host the 24th annual Fur Ball gala on Aug. 14. The event is sponsored by Petco Animal Supplies Inc. and the Petco Foundation and raises funds to support programs and services for animals. The Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation is being honored for supporting SDHS and SPCA during the past 13 years … Jeffrey Strauss, owner and chef of Pamplemousse Grille, hosted The 211 Club members of Seacrest Village Retirement Communities on July 11 at his Solana Beach home. Club members contribute $1,000 annually to the Milton D. and Madeline L. Goldberg Resident Assistance Fund, which ensures the greatest possible quality of life for residents of Seacrest Village.

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