The Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund, a donor advised fund of the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, awarded eight grants totaling $284,930. Reality Changers received $50,000, the largest grant, for Senior Academy which helps guide high school students to college. CSUSM-ACE Scholars received $48,600, toward working scholarships for former foster youth. Angels Foster Family Network, San Diego Blood Bank and Senior Community Centers were among the others receiving grants. The Grants Committee reviewed 100 requests focusing on economic development and health and social services. In the seven years since its inception, the RSFWF has given $1.6 million to regional nonprofit agencies … Union Bank and KPBS honored individuals from the LGBT community as local heroes. The LGBT awards are part of the 2011 Cultural Diversity Partnership which recognizes and pays tribute to San Diegans from eight diverse areas, acknowledging the recipients’ leadership and contributions in shaping the neighborhoods in which they work and live. The 2011 LGBT honorees are Delores Jacobs and Nicole Murray-Ramirez. The year-long celebration of diversity will culminate in February 2012 at an event where recipients will be formally recognized as part of the 14th Annual Local Heroes Awards, which Union Bank sponsors … Safeway Inc., operator of Vons grocery stores, raised $1 million during a month-long charitable fundraising campaign in support of Easter Seals. The funds will directly benefit children and adults with disabilities at Easter Seals Southern California and their families through preschool and after-school services, job training and employment services … The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department received 10 pet oxygen mask kits from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Foundation. The masks were presented on June 10 at Fire Station 28 with fire Captain Mike Merriken demonstrating the use of the masks …The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito raised $42,000 at the Bright Future Breakfast hosted by Dennis and Marie Green. Dennis, a former NFL coach, opened the breakfast with a speech about how the Boys & Girls Clubs changed his life as a youngster … Darlene Marcos Shiley and Audrey Geisel, Dr. Seuss Fund/San Diego Foundation each contributed $30,000 in honor of the Alzheimer’s Association’s 30th Anniversary. The celebration was held June 3 at The Grand Del Mar. Mission Federal Credit Union was given the Reagan/Thal Legacy Award, an annual honor bestowed upon supporters of the group in honor of President Ronald Reagan and the late Leon Thal. Proceeds go toward education, support, training, research and a 24/7 helpline for those impacted by Alzheimer’s. Other sponsors included Wells Fargo, Silverado Senior Living and Redfearn & Associates … The Eastlake Educational Foundation recently awarded grants totaling $120,000. Six elementary, middle and high schools were awarded grants to help them upgrade technology in their classrooms. With foundation support, they have been given the opportunity to develop new programs, build on existing programs and purchase new equipment with the goal to increase student participation and interest in learning… The Huntington’s Disease Society held the Shoot to Cure event on June 3 at Qualcomm Stadium. The event was presented by Cymer and the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians. The event raised $67,000 on June 3 and $46,000 on June 5 for HDSA’s Team Ramona which participated in the 2011 San Diego Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon. The $113,000 total goes to the Huntington’s Disease Society in San Diego … The San Diego Center for Children raised $240,000 at its annual gala held at the US Grant Hotel on May 12. In addition, the Rose Foundation donated $150,000 as a match to a Takeda San Diego grant to the center for a Behavioral Diagnostic Health program for children entering residential treatment. Other gifts included $45,000 from the San Diego Women’s Foundation for the center’s music program for special needs children and a $10,000 grant from the Bank of America Foundation.
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