San Diego Business Journal

The Jewish Family Service of San Diego held its annual spring Heart & Soul Gala on March 12 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine. The event raised $850,000 to benefit the 50 social service programs of JFS including Hand Up Youth Food Pantry, Military Outreach Program and Embrace-a-Family Holiday Program. Sponsors included Charitable Auto Resources and Desert View Auto Auctions, G.S. Levine Insurance Services and U.S. Bank … The 15th Annual Jackie Robinson Family YMCA Tribute & Scholarship Gala is set for April 30 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. The Xceptional Music Co., Wells Fargo, Nestle and Latham & Watkins are sponsors. Attendees will be honoring the legacy of Jackie Robinson and raising financial assistance for kids and families participating in the Open Doors Program … The Vons Foundation donated a $25,000 grant to kick off Vons “People With Disabilities” campaign to raise funds for Easter Seals Disability Services during the month of April. Vons employees partnered with Rebuilding Together and Special Olympics athletes on April 1 to take on an extensive home improvement project in National City that benefited an Easter Seals family living with a disability … Krista Lombardi of Prudential California Realty partnered with Donna Hackett of Farmers Insurance to sponsor an Easter Egg hunt scheduled at Pioneer Park on April 17. Proceeds from a silent auction will benefit the Southern California chapter of the Special Olympics … Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County has selected Linda Lang, chairman, CEO and president of Jack in the Box, as its Person of the Year. Lang will be recognized at the BBBS Annual Gourmet Dinner on Oct. 6 which is being held at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine and sponsored by LPL Financial. “We are grateful to Linda Lang and Jack in the Box for their support of military families served by Bigs,” said Paul Palmer, president and CEO of BBBS San Diego County … The Salk Institute for Biological Studies announced that Nobel Prize laureate Renato Dulbecco has been awarded the President’s Medal for Excellence by Indiana University. “His extraordinary contributions to science epitomize everything the President’s Medal stands for and we are delighted that Indiana University has recognized his achievements with this award,” said Salk President William Brody … Torrey Pines Bank has made a $25,000 commitment to the American Heart Association to present part two of a three-part 2011 seminar series focused on promoting business and personal health. The seminar is scheduled for May 12 … Words Alive and The William Gumpert Foundation renewed their funding relationship for the second year in a row. With this year’s $80,000 unrestricted grant, Words Alive plans to continue working with San Diego County Health and Human Services’ Neighborhood for Kids — East County, a program successfully incorporating Words Alive’s Raising-a-Reader and Storytime programs into its work. … The 2011 Go Red for Women luncheon was held April 1 at the Hotel del Coronado. The $40,000 raised will support local heart and stroke research, as well as public and professional education programs. The luncheon was presented by the UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center. Other sponsors included Anthem Blue Cross, San Diego Gas & Electric Co., Sony, Union Bank, Barona Band of Mission Indians and Westfield UTC … The Del Sur Educational Foundation raised $50,000 at its second annual “Night at the Ranch” fundraiser held March 19 at the Del Sur Ranch House. The funds will go toward technology upgrades, science, art and music programs. The event is sponsored by Black Mountain Ranch and the Del Sur homebuilders … Two Merrill Lynch advisers were recognized on the America’s “Top 1,000 Advisors” list in the Feb. 21 issue of Barron’s magazine. Michael Bradshaw of San Diego and Michael Maher of Carlsbad were named in the Top 1,000.

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