San Diego Business Journal

The University of San Diego received a $3 million gift from the estate of USD friend and benefactor Frances G. Harpst. In honor of this gift, the university will rename the Center for Catholic Thought and Culture to include her name. Harpst, who was a longtime Coronado resident, was a spiritual and admired supporter of Catholic projects and initiatives. She has supported several university projects, including the Monsignor Portman Chair in Roman Catholic Theology; the Monsignor I.B. Eagan Plaza and Choral Scholars Endowment Fund … Barrio Logan College Institute received a $100,000 donation from a couple who chose to fund the program’s scholastic mission for underrepresented children. Keith Behner and Catherine Stiefel, retirees and graduates of San Diego State University, spend their time researching charitable causes and chose BLCI after attending a November open house at the institute and were inspired by stories of the students in the program … The San Diego chapter of Childhelp held its 24th Annual Holiday Fantasia on Nov. 19 at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad. Don and Beth Bewley of Eufora International were presented the “For the Love of A Child” award for their work with abused and neglected children. Foster parents Jamie and Kim Thomas were presented a special Angel Award. The event raised $56,000 to support the Village of Childhelp … Beckie Garrett received the Fran Aleshire Award for her outstanding leadership and regional involvement at the San Diego North Economic Development Council’s Annual Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 2. Garrett is a member of the San Marcos Unified School District Governing Board … BIA Cares donated $2,000 to the San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation in the name of Mark McMillin. McMillin was instrumental in The Corky McMillin Cos. donating a large warehouse at Liberty Station for the Building Industry Association of San Diego’s 2010 BIA Cares Furniture Fantasy Sale … The Elementary Institute of Science received a $5,000 grant from the Goodrich Foundation to support its programs which provide hands-on science instruction for young people. The grant will be used to support the EIS after-school and Saturday programs for children ages 7 to 13 … The Junior Seau Foundation sponsored the 16th annual Shop With a Jock on Dec. 7. A group of 200 underprivileged children were given $100 gift cards to Target Mission Valley where they shopped with professional and collegiate athletes for gifts for their loved ones … California Bank & Trust associates raised $119,000 in support of the United Way in a statewide fundraising campaign. The funds were raised through payroll deductions, bake sales and raffles … The American Culinary Federation and the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival awarded Chef Robert Ruiz of Harney Sushi the 2010 Chef of the Fest at the Grand Tasting Event on Nov. 20. The winner received $50,000 in cash and prizes … Deana Passavanti of Millenia Medical Staffing was selected as a 2010 Recruiter of the Year by Healthcare Traveler Magazine. She has been a consistent top recruiter throughout her career and was nominated for this national award by one of her recruits … Carol Holland and Ronne Rohe received the 2010 Robert E. Metz La Jolla Festival of the Arts Distinguished Service Award from the Torrey Pines Kiwanis Club. Holland was recognized for her leadership in running the auction, which raised $20,000 for programs for the disabled. Rohe spearheaded the development of the festival’s Web site and helped evolve a second stage pavilion featuring authors, book signings and cooking demonstrations … Christopher Weil & Co. raised more than $10,000 in support of organ donation and transplant organizations through its book-signing fundraiser hosted at the firm’s Del Mar headquarters. The funds will be divided among the Moores Cancer Center, UC San Diego; Scripps Center for Organ and Cell Transplantation, and

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