San Diego Business Journal

Barrio Logan College Institute, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego and Home Start were recognized with Sun Life Rising Star Awards by the U.S. division of Sun Life Financial. Each organization will receive a $50,000 grant and a student from each organization will receive a $5,000 scholarship to help finance a postsecondary education. Sun Life sponsors the program, which seeks to recognize and provide resources to high school students who have overcome hardship and remained committed to furthering their education and to the nonprofit organizations that work on their behalf. “This gift from Sun Life Financial will allow BLCI to continue to create future leaders through the power of higher education,” said Jose Cruz, executive director of BLCI … Fashion Group International Inc. of San Diego held the 11th Style Awards … Night of Stars on March 26 at The Westin Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego hotel. Style Awards were presented to six individuals who were recognized for their outstanding achievements and leadership in the San Diego fashion community. Among those recognized were Burl Stiff, with the Media Award; Virginia Napierskie, with the Community Outreach Award; and Gordana Gehlhausen, with the Rising Star Award … Mission Federal Credit Union sponsored the Olympics-like medals awarded to winners of the 28th annual High School Academic Decathlon at the awards ceremony hosted by the San Diego County Office of Education. The awards ceremony was held Feb. 17 at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice on the University of San Diego campus … California Western School of Law received President Obama’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for 2009 in recognition of services donated by the school’s faculty, staff and students through academic service learning and volunteerism. “It is a great honor to be recognized by the president for the many ways in which the California Western family contributes to the San Diego community,” said Dean Steven Smith … Bernie Lotstein received the 10News Leadership Award from KGTV in the category of Volunteerism. Lotstein was recognized for his work with the San Elijo Middle School Band. He is a former clarinet player for the New York City Opera, and at the age of 90 he teaches Intermediate Band and provides one-on-one instruction. The 10News Leadership Award recognizes San Diegans who are dedicated to improving the community … Aseltine School was awarded a $20,000 grant from The Parker Foundation, which has also committed to matching all funds received up to $20,000 from outside donors, to provide care for at-risk San Diego children with learning disabilities and emotional disorders … The 26th annual Grossmont Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament is being held April 15 at Sycuan Resort. EDCO Disposal Inc. is the title sponsor for the 20th year … Employees for the city of Carlsbad participated in a fundraising campaign to raise funds to assist with food and medical care for the people of Haiti. The $3,700 raised was split between the World Food Programme and Doctors Without Borders … The sixth annual Dream House Raffle benefiting Ronald McDonald House of San Diego held a drawing March 17. Three individuals were awarded a total of $40,000; Sanford Benjamin won $25,000, Machelle Richardson $10,000 and Neil Gibbs $5,000. All proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House of San Diego … The Barona Band of Mission Indians presented a $5,000 education grant to Garfield High School. The alternative high school combines practical experience and traditional classroom instruction. The funds will be used to purchase textbooks to support its Middle College program, which is specifically designed for at-risk, low-performing yet academically gifted students.

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