San Diego Business Journal

Gloria Penner received the Spirit of Commitment Award at the 31st annual Tribute to Women & Industry (TWIN) sponsored by the YWCA San Diego County on June 18 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina on Harbor Island. Penner, host of KPBS Radio’s weekly “Editors Roundtable” and “San Diego Week,” was honored for her outstanding leadership and for her personal commitment to the citizens of San Diego. The event raised $75,000 which will provide counseling, employment and legal assistance for women, children and families who are domestic violence survivors or are homeless. Sponsors included Cox Communications Inc., Goodrich Corp., San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and Sempra Energy … The VLSI department of Qualcomm Inc. held an all-hands meeting on June 9 and collected 140 books for Words Alive for their literacy promotion programs. The books will go to the new lending library at Bayview Childhood Development Center, to the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency for parenting workshops, and to County of San Diego Child Welfare Services, where low-income parents and children are given access they may not otherwise have to children’s books. Words Alive also recognized six men and women as the 2010 Westreich Scholarship winners with a $5,000 award. The scholarships are funded by The Westreich Foundation … Bridgepoint Education, Cubic Corp. and SAIC were sponsors of the Promises2Kids Summer Concert Gala held on June 2 at the Joan Waitt estate in La Jolla. The Rivers of Hope Foundation was the presenting sponsor. Proceeds from the event will go toward education on child abuse prevention and advocacy for change … The American Heart Association held its inaugural San Diego Heart Beach Ball event on June 12 at the Hotel del Coronado. Pure Financial Advisors was the presenting sponsor for the benefit which raised $200,000 to help fund research on heart disease and stroke … ElderHelp received a $75,000 grant from the Archstone Foundation to support its Concierge Club. The grant will be used to strengthen the club’s preferred provider network, which provides members access to reliable, affordable services for home repairs, long-term care providers and community-based resources … Anne Artz, a teacher at The Preuss School at U.C. San Diego and student Miriam Million have been selected as 2010 Bezos Scholars. The program selects 12 of the nation’s top public high school juniors and 12 educators for a weeklong seminar designed to encourage dialogue, innovation, community involvement and global awareness at the Aspen Ideas Festival which was held July 5-11 … Robin Phillips, attorney at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, received the State Bar of California’s Wiley W. Manuel Award and the Legal Aid Society of San Diego Inc.’s Outstanding Service Award for his contribution of legal services to the pro bono program in 2009-2010. Phillips received the award for his work involving an indigent couple who were terminated by their employer without being paid for services rendered … San Diego Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez awarded six scholarships of $8,000 each over four years to students provided they maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Gonzalez and his wife, Betsy, established a fund in 2009 through The San Diego Foundation. Scholarships go to public high school seniors who plan to attend an accredited four-year university in California … The Grossmont Healthcare District was honored by the San Diego chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as its 2010 corporate honoree at the 11th annual JDRF Promise Ball. District board members have approved support to JDRF of $40,000 for diabetes research since 2003 … Kids’ Turn San Diego received a $20,000 grant from the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation. The funds support a program of prevention dedicated to helping children whose parents have become opponents. The Carlsbad Charitable Foundation works to improve the quality of life in Carlsbad by meeting emerging needs through encouraging and increasing responsible and effective philanthropy.

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