San Diego Business Journal

The 19th annual Spinoff: Auction for Life was held May 6 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine. The $785,000 raised will support clinical research, early detection, education and patient support services, cancer programs and minimally invasive surgery at Scripps Cancer Center, Stevens Division, at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Wells Fargo The Private Bank was a major sponsor and Jim Cimino, executive vice president and managing director of the Southwest Region, was the honoree. Other sponsors included The ConAm Group of Cos., Residential Wholesale Mortgage Inc., and Westcore Properties … Mama’s Kitchen held its 20th anniversary Mama’s Day 2010 on May 7 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine. The event netted $168,000, which will provide 60,000 home-delivered meals for clients living with AIDS/HIV or cancer. Sycuan Casino, Nordstrom Inc., Union Bank, N.A., the Hyatt Regency and the BowdenFoundation were major sponsors … Honor Your Mother Cocktails for the Cure Trunk Show was held May 6 at Fluxx Nightclub in the downtown Gaslamp Quarter. Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s San Diego affiliate received $18,000, $15,000 of which was presented by Wells Fargo. The funds enable Komen to provide free diagnostic mammograms, breast cancer treatment and breast health services for uninsured and underinsured women and their families. Other contributors were Green World Bags, Patti O’Neal Designs and the San Diego Enforcers … Forty inner-city students received scholarships to universities across the nation May 11 at the Reality Changers’ Class of 2010 awards presentation. The scholarships are funded by UC San Diego, The University of Southern California, UCLA and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Reality Changers provides inner-city youths from disadvantaged backgrounds with the resources to become first-generation college students by supplying academic support, financial assistance and faith-based leadership training … The county of San Diego Neighborhood Reinvestment Program presented a $70,000 grant to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, San Diego. The grant will fund a new ADA ramp, as well as the vehicle turnout in front of the house that serves families with seriously ill children in the hospital. With the new vehicle turnout, accessibility to the house will be greatly improved, and driver and vehicle safety will no longer be compromised … The National Defense Industrial Association presented the Sridhar Small Business Executive of the Year Award to James Lasswell, president and chief executive officer of Indus Technology Inc. The award was presented at a luncheon May 26 during the seventh annual National Small Business Conference at Huntsville, Ala. Lasswell has been a driving force in the San Diego business community for the past 11 years. He is a member of AFCEA International, aka the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association … Barnhart Balfour Beatty donated 1,200 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to deployed U.S. military troops through the Girl Scouts’ Operation Thin Mint program. The cookies were purchased from sixth-grader Madison Perno of Chula Vista. Perno has been Girl Scouts San Diego-Imperial Council’s top cookie seller for the past three years … HomeAid’s San Diego chapter has received a $20,000 grant from The Parker Foundation in support of its transitional housing projects for the temporarily homeless. Ernst & Young, Pardee Homes and Prudential California Realty were sponsors of Taste of North County on May 13 at the University Science Center. This is the eighth annual event to benefit HomeAid’s San Diego efforts to build and renovate multi-unit housing for people who are temporarily homeless.

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