Union Bank pledged $300,000 to the San Diego Public Library Foundation to support construction of the new Central Library which is scheduled to open in 2013. The full-service homework center will be named the Union Bank Homework Center in honor of this gift. The center will promote student achievement by providing test preparation books, reference materials, computer workstations and access to quality, online databases. “At Union Bank, we support education and financial literacy as part of our ongoing commitment to local communities. Supporting the homework center is a natural extension of our efforts,” said Union Bank Senior Vice President and Market President George Kaye … The Junior Seau Foundation’s Scholars of Excellence Program awards ceremony was held Aug. 3. Twenty five recipients were awarded scholarships totaling $107,500. Junior Seau said, “The goal of our program is to give young people a chance to get an education, to better themselves and to succeed in the workplace.” The Scholars of Excellence Program is funded through donations from businesses and individuals including Edco, Qualcomm, DC Shoes, Lori and Bill Walton, Becky Moores, DJO Global and NFL Charities … Susan Hall, founder and executive director of The Angel’s Depot, has been selected as one of 5 national finalists in the AARP Hunger Hero Contest. The winner will receive an AARP The Magazine Inspire Award and will be featured in an article and photo shoot, and also receive a $15,000 grant for the top pick’s favorite charity from the AARP Foundation. The winner will be flown to Washington, D.C., to meet AARP national leaders … The 17th annual San Diego Festival of Beer is set for Sept. 9 on the streets of downtown San Diego. The festival is a fundraiser for San Diego Professionals Against Cancer. The proceeds from the 16th annual event were recently distributed. Cancer Angels of San Diego received $20,000 and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego received $30,000. All proceeds from this year’s event will be distributed to local cancer charities … The third annual University of San Diego Wine Classic was held July 24 at the USD’s Garden of the Sea at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice. The event raised $40,000 for student scholarships. Sponsors included Del Mar Financial Partners, Taylor & Pond Interactive and radio station Star 94.1 … Doug Dawson, executive director of the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation recently announced grants to several nonprofit organizations in San Diego. The Salvation Army Kroc Center received $20,000 to support the implementation of the Kroc Fit Kids program, a research based childhood obesity prevention intervention effort. The Elizabeth Hospice received $20,000 for the Grief and Loss Counseling Program. A $20,000 collaborative grant went to Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and Ronald McDonald House Charities to fund meals for families, taxi vouchers, emergency expenses and pharmacy co-payments to qualified families. The La Jolla Historical Society received a $7,000 grant for the education and youth outreach initiatives which will make it possible to purchase supplies and equipment for new educational programs …The 23rd annual Make-A-Wish Golf Classic was held on July 18 at Maderas Golf Club. San Diego County Credit Union was the presenting sponsor for the seventh year. Other sponsors included Sycuan Casino, Sovereign Capital, and Endeman, Lincoln, Turek & Heater. The $90,000 raised goes to grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions … BIA Cares awarded $10,000 in scholarships to five local high school and college students who are seeking a career in the building industry. The scholarship winners were announced at the BIA Cares breakfast July 14 … The National Foundation for Autism Research was awarded a $20,000 Community Impact Grant from New York Life Insurance Co. to further support the group’s Early Autism Diagnosis Outreach efforts. The grant provides support for San Diego families who are underserved.
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