San Diego Business Journal

Mary Clark was honored at the San Diego Center for Children Gala held May 20 at The US Grant hotel. Mary and her late husband, Dallas, have been longtime supporters of the Center for Children, providing leadership and financial support. The Clark and Sefton families have been major philanthropists in San Diego County since the early part of the 20th century. The event raised $275,000 to help special needs children who have experienced a trauma, abuse or have a mental health challenge … Daniel J. Tucker, chairman of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, helped deliver the first official meal to a senior in the East County in a new van purchased by Sycuan for Meals On Wheels Association of America. “Sycuan is honored to support the MOW’s ongoing mission to provide nutritious and affordable meals for our elderly,” said Tucker … Center for Community Solutions held its 11th annual “Tea on the Town” on June 2 at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. Nordstrom Inc. and National University were premier sponsors, and Cubic Corp., Law Offices of Amy Rypins, Mintz Levin, ProFlowers and Viejas Enterprises were contribution sponsors. The event raised $160,000 to support the sexual assault and domestic violence prevention programs of CCS … The V Group received the Excellence in Customer Service Award at the annual 2010 San Diego Small Business Awards for its efforts to meet and exceed customer service expectations. “Customer service has always been and continues to be a main focus of our company,” said Ron Morabito, chief executive officer of V Group … American Specialty Health Inc. won six awards in the international Hermes Awards competition, which recognizes outstanding work in the industry while promoting the philanthropic nature of marketing and communications professionals … Girls Incorporated of San Diego County received a $17,500 grant from Starbucks Giving Foundation for its Leadership in Community Action Program for the fall of 2010. The organization provides free programs to girls to help build self-esteem and helps girls become leaders in gender equality and advocacy … The Foundation Fighting Blindness hosted its third annual San Diego Dining in the Dark on June 10 at The US Grant hotel. The $200,000 raised benefits the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Michael House was recognized for his committed support in the fight against diseases that cause blindness … The United Jewish Federation of San Diego County presented Betty Byrnes and Gary Kornfeld with a Presidential Award at its annual meeting held at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in La Jolla. They were recognized for their outstanding dedication to the community. The Pauline and Stanley Foster Young Leadership Award was presented to Danielle Shulman, Rich Effress and Robert Fink. They were recognized for their leadership potential in various Jewish organizations … Barrio Logan College Institute held its fourth annual Scholar’s Luncheon on June 17 at the University of San Diego. Four graduating seniors were presented scholarships to attend UC San Diego, USD, University of San Francisco and Smith College. Wells Fargo The Private Bank, San Diego Padres and USD sponsored the luncheon with proceeds supporting the Barrio Logan College Institute’s College Prep Programs.

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