Joe Craver, CEO of American Red Cross-San Diego/Imperial Counties, was named Mr. San Diego at the San Diego Rotary Club meeting Oct. 14. Mayor Jerry Sanders presented Craver with the award and recognized him for his outstanding contributions to the betterment of the community over a long period of time. He served on the Red Cross board of directors for four years prior to becoming the interim chief executive officer for eight months and was ultimately appointed CEO in 2008. Craver is a retired Air Force colonel who received a Silver Star and several other citations. The Rotary Club has chaired this event since 1976 … In celebration of UC San Diego’s 50th anniversary, the university will present Chancellor’s Medals to community leaders in recognition of their outstanding service to UCSD and the community. Those being recognized are Pauline Foster, Audrey Geisel, Irwin and Joan Jacobs, Jerome and Miriam Katzin, and Ernest and Evelyn Rady. They will be honored as part of the university’s Celebrate 50 dinner on Nov. 13 … The Copley Family YMCA’s 28th Annual Civic Tribute Celebration was scheduled to be held Oct. 27 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel. San Diego State University President Stephen Weber was set to be honored. Weber was recognized for his record of accomplishment and involvement, his exceptional stewardship, community service and civic engagement. Funds raised at the event support the programs of the Copley Family YMCA … Walden Family Services held its Wine D’Vine event Oct. 7 at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, which netted $230,000. Barney & Barney was the presenting sponsor and Dowling & Yahnke sponsored the VIP wine reception. Jones Lang LaSalle and Leap Wireless were also sponsors … The Alzheimer’s Association held a Memories in the Making Art Auction on Oct. 4 at The Old Globe. The $100,000 raised will go to support art programs for people with dementia, and other services for support and education including the Alzheimer’s Helpline. Russian Standard Vodka and Guiseppe Restaurants were sponsors along with Sunrise Assisted Living, Silverado Senior Living and Aegis Living ... PostalAnnex+ store owners in downtown San Diego, Mission Valley, Hillcrest and Kearny Mesa joined with other franchise owners who have guaranteed a donation of at least $15,000 in sales from specially marked pink-ribbon boxes to the San Diego affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Laura Farmer, executive director of Komen in San Diego, said the funds will remain locally and help women who are unable to afford the cost of a mammogram … Words Alive hosted two Serve-A-Thon events Oct. 8 and 9. Local businesses, including Warwick’s Books in La Jolla, hosted book drives collecting books which were cataloged and organized by SeaWorld employee volunteers and were utilized in Words Alive’s Family Literacy event. In addition to SeaWorld, other sponsors included Teradata, Hewlett-Packard, Mitchell International and Mission Federal Credit Union … BIA Cares, the charitable foundation of the Building Industry Association, contributed $26,000 to help build a tot lot at the El Cajon Kennedy Adult Education Center. BIA Cares contributed $20,000, Howard Associates donated $5,000 in landscape architectural services, and Lundstrom & Associates contributed $1,000 of their fees. Other contributions were made by the County of San Diego and the City of El Cajon through the El Cajon Park Development Impact fees … The Salk Institute awarded Research Excellence and Public Service Medals for the second time in its 50-year history. Gene expression pioneer Robert Roeder of The Rockefeller University was awarded the Salk Institute Medal for Research Excellence. Irwin Jacobs, co-founder of Qualcomm, was awarded the Salk Institute Medal for Public Service. The medals were scheduled to be awarded Oct. 29 at the concluding event of a Salk/Nature/Foundation Ipsen Symposium on Biological Complexity at the institute.
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