San Diego Business Journal

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation announced grants totaling $450,000 through its Neighborhood Excellence Initiative. The Chicano Federation and Reality Changers each received $200,000 in unrestricted grant funding and were named 2010 San Diego Neighborhood Builders. “Through our Neighborhood Excellence Initiative, we are helping to generate meaningful and cumulative economic and social impact at the local level where it’s needed most,” said Richard Bregman, San Diego market president, Bank of America. The initiative also honors Local Heroes and Student Leaders. Frank Arrington and Dr. Amanda Gosman were among those recognized as Local Heroes and Jasmyn Hiday and Daniela Irazabal were among the Student Leaders … The Sempra Energy Foundation contributed $600,000 to UC San Diego as lead sponsor of Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s “Boundless Energy” exhibit and education program. The exhibit will present a collection of interactive outdoor exhibits and experiences showing how harnessing the power of the wind, sun and waves reduces dependence on fossil fuels and produces energy that is free of carbon dioxide and particulate emissions … San Diego County Credit Union was the presenting sponsor of the fourth annual SeaWorld Shamu & You Family Walk for Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, which was Oct. 2 at South Shores Park at Mission Bay. To date, $270,000 has been raised and donations are being accepted through the end of November … Kids’ Turn San Diego held its ninth annual Wine Event on Oct. 15 at the El Cortez. The $50,000 raised will benefit families experiencing the effects of separation as a result of divorce, deployment or custody disputes. Sponsors of the event included Fuller Jenkins, Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, Comerica Bank and Copperpoint Communications … The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has issued a $500,000 matching grant for a program called Coming Home to Stay, which will expand services in two San Diego neighborhoods. Coming Home to Stay focuses on individuals returning from prison to the City Heights and Diamond communities. The program grew out of a desire by several foundations to break down barriers to reintegration into society. Some of those participating are San Diego Grantmakers, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, The Parker Foundation, Price Charities and the San Diego County Bar Foundation … Latham & Watkins LLP received a La Mancha Award for humanitarianism on Oct. 21 during a benefit event to support Casa Cornelia Law Center. It was presented the Law Firm of the Year Award at the ceremony which was held at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego. Latham & Watkins was one of four La Mancha Award winners … The S.L. Gimbel Foundation Fund of the Orange County Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to The Elizabeth Hospice Volunteer Program. Last year Elizabeth Hospice volunteers contributed 20,000 hours of service in patient care and grief support … Holes for Heroes, a golf and dinner fundraising event hosted by the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Foundation on Oct. 1, raised $105,000 for wounded soldiers, veterans and the families of deployed military. All of the funds go directly to organizations such as Project Not Forgotten, Service for Humanity, Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA, Homefront San Diego, Veterans Villages of San Diego and GuideOn … Gary Firestein, a San Diego physician, received the Jane Wyman Humanitarian Award at the Arthritis Foundation’s 23rd annual “Commitment to a Cure” awards gala on Nov. 1 at the Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills. Firestein, a rheumatologist and researcher, professor and dean of translational medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, exemplifies the leadership, commitment and dedication to humanitarian causes that Wyman herself demonstrated in the fight to find a cure for arthritis and related diseases.

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