San Diego Business Journal

The YWCA San Diego’s annual “In the Company of Women” luncheon is scheduled for April 20 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Denise Brown, sister of the slain Nicole Brown Simpson and advocate against domestic violence, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker. Brown has made educating the public about domestic violence and improving the quality of life for women and children who have been victims her tireless commitment after her sister was killed in 1994. Proceeds from the event will support programs and services sponsored by the YWCA for survivors of domestic violence and homelessness … Mama’s Kitchen received a $65,000 grant from the San Diego affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The grant is in support of Mama’s Kitchen’s Breast Cancer Outreach Project which connects eligible San Diegans battling breast cancer with Mama’s Kitchen’s Critical Illness Nutrition Program. With these funds, we will be able to raise awareness of this program amongst those in the community in need of its services,” said Alberto Cortes, executive director, Mama’s Kitchen … The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation’s initiative Armed Forces Interest Group awarded $35,000 in grants. Among those benefiting from the grant monies are Big Brothers Big Sisters’s Operation Bigs; Operation Homefront’s critical emergency financial aid; and San Diego Armed Services YMCA’s The Christmas You Missed program … Elaine Galinson of La Jolla received the Kipnis-Wilson Friedland Award at the Jewish Federation Lion of Judah luncheon on March 15 hosted by the Women’s Philanthropy Division. The award is presented to women across the country who embody the spirit and vision of the Lion of Judah through a commitment to philanthropy, leadership and volunteerism. Galinson is a past federation board member, past chair of federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council, and past chair of the Lion of Judah Division. Elaine is a founding member and chair of the Jewish Women’s Foundation; past chair of the UCSD Foundation board, where she continues to serve … The San Diego County Employees’ Charitable Organization awarded a $6,500 grant to Home of Guiding Hands. The funds will be used toward the kitchen remodel in a community based home which serves residents with developmental disabilities … Nami San Diego was recognized with the Outstanding Local Affiliate award by the Nami National. San Diego’s “Friends in the Lobby” program, which offers National Alliance on Mental Illness’ information and support to those visiting loved ones in hospital psychiatric units, is one of the innovative ways that the group reaches out to people where and when they need it most. “Our goal is to give people a place to connect and show that recovery is possible,” said Shannon Jaccard, executive director of NAMI San Diego … Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek received a $20,000 grant from Sempra Energy Foundation which will be used for classroom instruction, project management and coordination, trees and supplies. Initiated by Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek, the Chollas Creek Climate Change Ambassadors collaborative will involve residents and students in southeast San Diego. Students will use the resources to plant trees at schools and neighborhoods … Torrey Pines Bank was the Opening Night sponsor for Plays by Young Writers which was to be held on April 2 at the Lyceum Theatre. Other sponsors included Target, Qualcomm, Union Bank Foundation and The San Diego Foundation. Playwrights Project is an arts education corporation advancing literacy, creativity and communication by empowering individuals to voice their stories through playwriting programs and theatre productions … HomeAid San Diego’s Raise the Roof Celebration is scheduled for April 7 at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center.

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