San Diego Business Journal

The 80th anniversary Ruby Jubilee Candlelight Ball benefiting Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, held Dec. 5 at The Grand Del Mar, raised $2 million for lifesaving care. Betty Knight Scripps served as general chairman, and The Edward W. and Betty Knight Scripps Foundation donated $1 million. The gala was also commemorated with the presentation of a one-of-a-kind rose, the Betty Knight Scripps Rose, to celebrate her ongoing commitment and support of Scripps La Jolla. Other contributors to the event included Faye Wilson, Coast Environmental Inc., Qualcomm Inc., Union Bank, N.A. and Westfield UTC … The Cavignac & Associates Charitable Fund donated $10,650 to several nonprofit organizations through its employee gift-giving program. Those benefiting included Toussaint Academy of the Arts and Sciences, San Diego Junior Theatre’s scholarship program and Polinsky Children’s Center. In addition, Cavignac employees volunteered to serve Thanksgiving meals at the downtown Senior Community Center … Julie Wright, president and founder of (W)right On Communications Inc., received the Fran Aleshire Award at the San Diego North Economic Development Council’s awards presentation Dec. 3. Wright was recognized for her outstanding leadership and regional involvement. Wright is chair of the board of the San Diego North Economic Development Council and vice chair of the President’s University Council at Cal State San Marcos … The Education Resources Institute Inc., aka TERI, celebrated its third annual Cuvee delle Vite on Dec. 5 at the Charles R. Cono Center for Research & Life Planning campus site. In addition to an anonymous gift of $500,000, the event raised $95,000. The funds will be used to build the Charles R. Cono Center for Research & Life Planning for children and adults with autism and developmental disabilities … Albertsons donated $50,000 to Feeding America San Diego for the Fresh Rescue program, which helps local anti-hunger agencies pick up nutritious, perishable food and distribute it to San Diego County residents each week. “Because of this program, we can provide additional deli meats, bakery, produce, milk, cheeses and other dairy products to people in need,” said Gary McDonald, president and CEO of Feeding America San Diego. Feeding America also received a donation of 10,000 rolls of tape and 9,000 boxes from Cox Communications Inc.’s San Diego operation. They will be distributed to FASD’s partner agencies, which will assemble and fill the boxes with food to be distributed to those in need. In addition, Feeding America received a $5,000 contribution from Comerica Bank’s Western Market. The gift was part of $50,000 contributions from Comerica to food banks and homeless shelters in the region … Optimal Nutrition Inc. prepared dinners for 12 military families Dec. 21. A total of 96 individuals were provided an organic Christmas meal, delivered to their homes and ready to eat. The San Diego Rescue Mission served a Christmas meal to 1,300 homeless people Dec. 20. More than 100 volunteers helped distribute hot meals and personal necessities as well as toys for the children … Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad members celebrated Christmas on Dec. 17 when they were treated to an afternoon of holiday activities and a present for each child. Those contributing to the festivities included The Disney Store, InterKnowlogy, It’s All About the Kids, La Costa Chiropractic, Legoland California and Torrey Pines Bank … Five San Diego military families received $1,000 gift cards from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. as part of the Walmart Gives Back holiday giving campaign. Gift cards were given to 1,500 military families in 30 cities and 1,000 gift packages were given to the caregivers of wounded military, all made possible through Wal-Mart’s donation to Operation Homefront … Port of San Diego Ship Repair Association delivered toys to the Barrio Station’s Barrio Youth Center on Dec. 18. The association represents 100 companies engaged in ship repair, overhaul and modernization. Association President Carlos Aguayo said, “Giving back to our neighbors is very gratifying and the joy that this brings to the children at this time of year is priceless.”

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