Retired military working dog Chyba, holds a place of honor atop an unfinished memorial to military working dogs at Rancho Coastal Humane Society. A statue modeled on Chyba was later installed on the pedestal.

Retired military working dog Chyba, holds a place of honor atop an unfinished memorial to military working dogs at Rancho Coastal Humane Society. A statue modeled on Chyba was later installed on the pedestal. Photo by Photo courtesy of Nick Winfrey

Takeda San Diego announced a $250,000 gift to the San Diego Center for Children funding a new behavioral health diagnostic program that will lead to more individualized diagnoses and treatments for center residents. The behavioral health diagnostic program will be a state-of-the-art endeavor. TSD improves and saves lives by designing innovative new medicines to treat cancer, diabetes and arthritis … Alliance Healthcare Foundation announced $1,000,000 in grants to fund projects and programs that address access to health care, with a focus on increasing the capacity and coordination of the health care delivery system. The Mission Support Grants program is an invitational program. Qualifying agencies must be operationally stable with strong leadership and have demonstrated their commitment to increasing the capacity of the health care delivery system for the poor and vulnerable populations of San Diego. Among those receiving the AHF grants include: Center for Community Solutions, Chicano Federation of San Diego, ElderHelp of San Diego, Second Chance and San Diego Rescue Mission … The Rancho Coastal Humane Society held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 16 for the first Military Working Dog Memorial in San Diego. The memorial is installed in the RCHS’ dog park known as Cricket’s Corner. Jim Silveira, RCHS president, and MWD adopter Madeleine Pickens came up with the idea after visiting Arlington National Cemetery with military working dogs and their handlers. Contributors to the memorial were Del Mar Country Club, Edco, Dianna and Floyd Isley and Diane and Chris Calkins … The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership received a $412,000 grant from the City of San Diego’s FY2012 Community Development Block Grant. The funds will be used for accessibility improvements for park institutions in preparation for the Balboa Park 2015 Centennial Celebration. CBDG funding is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development … Ronald McDonald House awarded prizes in the second early bird drawing of the 7th Annual Dream House Raffle fundraiser. Dan Ucker, Carlsbad, won $15,000; Steven Welty, San Diego, won $10,000; and Gregory Hall, Bonita, won $5,000. Eight others won $1,000 each. The grand prize drawing for the Dream House Raffle is set for June 4 … Developmental Services Continuum received a grant from San Diego County Employees’ Charitable Organization. The $2,617 will be used to purchase new living room furniture. DSC operates programs to support children and adults with developmental disabilities. The Elizabeth Hospice received $2,500 from CECO to purchase aromatherapy kits for terminally ill patients. Elizabeth Hospice provides services to patients and families in northern San Diego … Margie and Ken Blanchard made a donation to University of San Diego School of Business Administration to create a new undergraduate leadership development program. “The Margie and Ken Blanchard Leadership Forums will be a key component of our new program to offer undergraduates the kind of leadership training that traditionally has been reserved for students at the graduate level,” said David Pyke, dean of USD’S School of Business Administration … Waste Management was recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the 2011 World’s Most Ethical Companies. WM was the only environmental services company recognized. Halphen Red Hamburger Sauce invited youth organizations, teams and schools to use Halphen Red as a fundraising tool and raise money for their schools. Each school received $2 for each bottle sold. Integrity Charter School raised $396 and Thurgood Marshall Middle School raised $130. Integrity Charter School in National City is raising funds to build its first on-campus playground.

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