San Diego Business Journal

Ocean Discovery Institute held its annual Bubble Up! Gala at CalIT2 and Warren Mall, UC San Diego on Nov. 6. The gala raised $160,000 which will fund tuition-free programs that educate youth from urban and diverse backgrounds through science-based exploration of the ocean and nature, preparing young people to be scientific and environmental leaders. Sponsors included Gen-Probe; Cox Communications; Boeing; Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP; and Life Technologies … Several San Diego nonprofit organizations benefited from Yard House and Round It Up America’s first granting ceremony. The program gives guests the option to give back to their communities by “rounding up” their checks to the nearest dollar and donating the remaining change to charities identified by the Orange County Community Foundation. Some $10,000 went to San Diego Food Bank and $50,000 went to Operation Homefront, which assists troops, wounded warriors and their families, many in San Diego County … St. Paul’s Senior Homes & Services hosted a comfort care drive for homeless veterans to benefit Veterans Village of San Diego Nov. 1-11. The comfort packages are being given to homeless veterans over the holidays … San Diego Gas & Electric was recognized by PA Consulting Group as the recipient of the Reliability One 2010 National Award for Outstanding Reliability Performance. “It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized as a national leader for our reliability,” said David Geier, vice president of electric operations for SDG&E … Dr. David Chadwick received the Scientific Achievement Award from the American Medical Association. The award honors outstanding service to the medical profession. Chadwick is recognized for his commitment to the protection of abused children. The bulk of his career has been at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. He was recognized for the leadership and work he did at the Chadwick Center for Children & Families … Natalie Prescott, a litigation associate at Latham & Watkins, has been honored by the Young Lawyers’ Committee of the International Bar Association as the winner of its Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award 2010. Prescott, 30, specializes in appellate, insurance and product liability litigation. She is the first woman to receive the award and the first recipient from the United States … The 64th Annual Mother Goose Parade presented by Cox Communications was held on Nov. 21 on Main Street in El Cajon. The theme this year was “A Salute To Heroes!” The Mother Goose Parade Association’s mission is to promote higher education … The Printing Industries Association hosted its annual Harvest Food Drive Nov. 15-23. Donations go toward feeding low-income families, senior citizens and individuals in San Diego County. The PIA/SD Sales Club teams with the San Diego Food Bank on behalf of the printing and graphic arts industry … Feeding America San Diego received a truckload of turkeys from The Rose Foundation to help feed the underserved of San Diego. Every family served a Thanksgiving Day meal at the House of Blues also received a turkey. The Rose Foundation supports grass-roots initiatives to inspire community action to protect the environment, consumers and public health.

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