San Diego Business Journal

The San Diego Futures Foundation received a $200,000 technology grant at the Microsoft store grand opening at Fashion Valley mall in June. “This partnership is a transformative step towards bridging the ‘digital divide.’ Through this program, SDFF families and partners can access training curriculum, software and resources which lead to an improved quality of life including higher levels of education and employment,” said Ken Harth, president of the SDFF board. Low-income families and kids will have increased access to technology as a result of this donation … Sycuan Casino presented the San Diego Symphony’s third annual Tux ’n Tennies Summer Bash on June 26 at Embarcadero Marina Park South. Toni Braxton was the headline performer courtesy of Bridgepoint Education. Other sponsors included The Coca-Cola Co., Bank of America, Qualcomm Inc. and Barney & Barney LLC. The $150,000 raised will support the Symphony’s education and outreach programs … Voices for Children held its 18th annual Golf Tournament at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club on April 19. The event raised $80,000 to support the Court Appointed Special Advocate program. Sponsors were Qualcomm, Dowling & Yahnke LLC, Union Bank N.A., Good Source Solutions Inc. and Cox Communications Inc. … Point Loma Credit Union awarded $2,500 each to three graduating seniors to assist them with college expenses. Yoseph Desta will attend Stanford University, Kyle Green will attend Harvard University and Nichole Miller will attend Westmont College … Sempra Energy awarded $129,000 in college scholarships to 36 high school seniors as part of its annual scholarship program for children of employees. All winners were selected based on academic and nonacademic criteria, including leadership, community involvement and extracurricular activities … The ACE Mentor Program of San Diego awarded $121,500 in scholarships to 31 students. ACE is a partnership between San Diego high schools and universities, architects, engineers, landscape architects, general contractors, construction management companies, professional organizations and related corporations … The Cuyamaca College Communications Arts venue held a benefit concert June 11 to raise funds for the industrial arts programs of East County schools. The event raised $61,000 this year and has donated $350,000 during the past six years for classroom equipment and supplies to various shop classes in East County … Rudolph Johnson III, president and chief executive officer of Neighborhood House Association, received the 2010 Charlie Joiner Winning Spirit Award. Johnson and six other San Diegans were honored at an awards dinner June 25. Johnson was recognized for his commitment to helping San Diegans in need through his leadership role at NHA … Farmers Insurance and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, awarded $80,000 in scholarships to high school students from around the country. Five of the students from the San Diego area each received a $2,500 scholarship at a reception hosted by Farmers Insurance … Cal State San Marcos held its 20th Anniversary Platinum Ball on June 26 on the Kellogg Plaza at the university campus. Contributing sponsors included EDCO Recycling and Waste Collection Services, Edge Development, Hunter Industries Inc. and Cox Communications Inc. The auction raised $50,000 for scholarships … Barney & Barney Foundation has chosen eight organizations to be the beneficiaries of an event to be held Sept. 15 at The Grand Del Mar hotel. The organizations were selected by nominations received from forty Barney & Barney associates. Those from San Diego County include Casa de Amparo, to be used to build a new campus in San Marcos; Center for Community Solutions, to support two domestic violence shelters; Operation Homefront, for operating funds to provide emergency assistance to troops and wounded warriors upon their return home; MAAC Project, to support the MAAC Community Charter School; and Ronald McDonald House, to support its ROMP event. “We believe in supporting the communities in which we operate. This is a small way that we can give back,” said Paul Hering, CEO of Barney & Barney.

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