San Diego Business Journal

— California Bank & Trust associates raised $102,680 through their branch network of 100 offices for the United Way statewide fundraising campaign. “Through our commitment and support of our communities, CB&T has fostered a culture of giving,” said Tory Nixon, executive vice president and division manager of the San Diego division for California Bank & Trust … MERIT Property Management Inc. raised $182,000 during the United Way campaign. All of MERIT’s 11 regional offices participated and donated contributions. Pledges were distributed to each region’s local United Way chapter … Rancho Santa Fe residents Walter Green and Lola Green are matching up to $10,000 to Free The Children in Haiti. Craig Kielburger, founder of Free The Children, said, “FTC has a 10-year history of working in Haiti. To date, we have built nine schools to support local partners, a nutrition center, sanitation facilities, and helped support teacher salaries and technical training for students.” To make a donation, checks may be made payable to Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, with a note indicating the FTC fund … Ralphs Grocery Co. donated nearly $20,000 to Feeding America San Diego. The donation will be used to purchase food to help feed some of the people that rely on Feeding America San Diego. The Rancho Santa Fe School student government and families sponsored a fundraiser through Sweet Things Yogurt Shop that raised $250 for Feeding America. This money will help the BackPack Program, which provides food to low-income elementary school students … The San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club presented Christopher Yanov, founder of Reality Changers, with the 2010 Peacemaker Award. The award is given annually to a San Diego community leader who has made a significant difference in promoting tolerance, understanding, conflict resolution and peace in the region. Yanov is recognized for leading Reality Changers in helping disadvantaged youth become first-generation college students … In honor of Black History Month in February and Women’s History Month in March, Union Bank N.A. and KPBS are celebrating local heroes who are making a difference to enrich the lives of others. The 2010 honorees include Randy Jones and Ahmed Sahid as Black History Month Local Heroes, and Shahri Estakhry and Irma Cota as Women’s History Month Local Heroes … Jack White and Judy White were honored at the 13th annual Heart of San Diego gala Feb. 27 at the Four Seasons Aviara. Proceeds benefit the UC San Diego Medical Center’s Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center … The United States Karate Academy conducted a two-day Kick-a-Thon on Feb. 16 and 17 at Liberty Station. The $1,800 raised will benefit the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund … Abbott Nutrition donated $30,000 to the Burn Institute to support its Camp Beyond the Scars. Scott White, president of Abbott, presented the check at the end of its annual sales conference on Feb. 11 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt … My Girlfriend’s Closet was honored with the 10News Leadership Award on Feb. 20. The organization was created in 2005 by a group of sophomore girls at Point Loma High School and their moms. They collect and distribute gently used clothing to homeless, foster and economically disadvantaged teen girls in the San Diego area, working with 50 social service agencies … Prashant Bhat received the Youth of the Year award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad. Gerald Ball and Jason Salinas were both finalists. Recognition was given to all three at the Super Star Dinner on Jan. 27 at the Village Branch. Bhat received a $1,000 educational scholarship and Ball and Salinas received $500 scholarships, all from the Blackburn Foundation and Ted Vallas. All three were recognized for superior leadership skills, academic achievement and obstacles overcome … SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment was the presenting sponsor for Walk for Wishes, which began in SeaWorld and continued on a four-mile walk at Mission Bay on Feb. 27. More than $50,000 was raised to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego.

Please send Kudos and Giving items to Joyce Glazer at jglazer@sdbj.com.