San Diego Business Journal

John Lynch was honored as the 2010 Legend of the Year at the 18th annual Junior Seau Celebrity Golf Classic, which was held March 8 at La Costa Resort & Spa. Lynch was a Super Bowl champion and a nine-time NFL Pro Bowler. “His commitment to his family, to his profession and to his community sets an example we can all aspire to,” said Junior Seau. Major sponsors of the event include EDCO, Dowling & Yahnke LLC, Mercedes-Benz of Escondido, Nordstrom Inc. and Wells Fargo … Clark Realty Cos. and The San Diego Foundation announced the establishment of the Pacific Beacon Scholarship Fund. The fund will benefit the educational pursuits of active military residents of the Pacific Beacon and Palmer Hall communities. “We will work together with The San Diego Foundation to identify and award applicants who demonstrate a great desire to further their education,” said Brian Driesse, development executive at Clark Realty Capital … Safeway Inc., operator of Vons stores, awarded $146,000 in grants from the Safeway Empowerment Grant Fund to Easter Seals Southern California Disability Services. The Social Skills for Employment and College Success pilot program receives $73,000. The other grant supports Easter Seals’ efforts to increase and facilitate college and work success … The La Jolla Playhouse Honors Gala is scheduled for March 27 and will pay tribute to alumni, artists and benefactors who have helped put the playhouse at the forefront of American theater. Among those being honored are benefactors Joan and Irwin Jacobs and their family; and actors Jefferson Mays, Neil Patrick Harris and Charlayne Woodard. Costume and set designer Susan Hilferty will also be honored … J. Craig Venter, a scientist in genomic research, will be honored by the San Diego chapter of the ARCS Foundation Inc. as the 2010 Scientist of the Year at the 25th annual ARCS Scientist of the Year dinner on April 23. The event is being held at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa. Venter is chairman and president of the J. Craig Venter Institute, a research organization dedicated to human microbial, plant and environmental research, and to seeking alternative energy solutions through genomics … The National Alliance on Mental Illness held a kick-off party Feb. 20 for its annual walk, which will be held April 17 in Balboa Park. The NAMI Walk is the organization’s biggest fundraiser and the 2010 goal is to attract 3,000 walkers and raise $250,000 … The American Heart Association Inc.’s 2010 Go Red For Women Luncheon was held Feb. 12 at the Hotel del Coronado. The event raised $150,000 to support research programs of the AHA … The Elizabeth Hospice received a $2,000 grant from WD-40 Co. The funding supports charity care for patients who may be uninsured or indigent. The Elizabeth Hospice provides services to patients and families in northern San Diego County neighborhoods regardless of their ability to pay … Conrad Prebys and Debbie Turner are the title sponsors of the 40th anniversary Mercy Ball, Tune In to Mercy. The event is being held April 10 at Anthology and will benefit the Women’s Breast Care Center and other cancer services at Scripps Mercy Hospital. Other sponsors include McMillin Realty, San Diego Pathologists Medical Group Inc., California Bank & Trust and Cox Communications Inc. … Break’n the Walls of Jericho — Dinner With the Pros was held Feb. 12 at Pamplemousse Grille in Solana Beach. San Diego Chargers punter Mike Scifres and New Orleans Saints kicker John Carney were hosts of the evening, which benefited St. Michael’s Center City Schools, Mary’s Mercy Center and Veronica’s Home of Mercy. Sponsors included EDCO, San Diego Padres, Maxine and Marti Gellens/Prudential California Realty and Jeffrey Strauss and the Pamplemousse Grille … Meals-on-Wheels, Greater San Diego Inc. received a $12,000 grant from The Walmart Foundation. The money will be used for stackable coolers for delivery of meals and kitchen equipment to prepare the meals.

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