Clockwise from top left, Dawn and Kenneth Dietz and Bridget Dietz share a moment with Blossom from Canine Companions for Independence, in Balboa Park. Balboa Barks raised $32,000 for assistance dogs.

Clockwise from top left, Dawn and Kenneth Dietz and Bridget Dietz share a moment with Blossom from Canine Companions for Independence, in Balboa Park. Balboa Barks raised $32,000 for assistance dogs.

Edco was the title sponsor of the 27th Anniversary Grossmont Hospital Invitational Golf Tournament presented by Grossmont Hospital Foundation which was held April 21 at Sycuan Resort. The $330,000 raised will support patient services and programs at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. “I am pleased with the tremendous response we received from our 80 sponsors who have contributed to this tournament,” said Hollis Gentry, event co-chair and director of medical services for Pacific Building Group which was a sponsor. Other sponsors were Cerner Corp., Cisco, Nexus IS, Grossmont Center and Diversified Protection Systems … Two San Diego High School seniors have won the Gates Millennium Scholarship which pays the educational expenses of its recipients from undergraduate work through Ph.D. completion. Anayeli Garcia applied for the scholarship through Barrio Logan College Institute and Idris Ahmed of City Heights applied through Outdoor Outreach … Balboa Barks 2011 was held April 9 in Balboa Park. The event raised $32,000 for Canine Companions for Independence to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by providing assistance dogs. Disney VoluntEARS was the title sponsor. Other sponsors included Petco Foundation, San Diego County Credit Union and San Diego Pet Supply … Bail Hotline Bail Bonds hosted an Easter egg hunt for children with autism from Community Coaching Center on April 24 in Balboa Park. Candy and money-filled Easter eggs were provided for the egg hunt in honor of National Autism Awareness Month … ArtReach, an organization that takes working artists into elementary schools in San Diego County to provide visual art education, is one of the recipients of Mission Federal Credit Union’s 50 Acts of Kindness as part of the company’s 50-year anniversary … The 15th Annual Meet the Chefs of Del Mar was held April 10 at the Hilton San Diego/Del Mar benefiting Casa de Amparo. The event raised $100,000 to support the child abuse treatment and prevention programs. Partners included Wells Fargo, DEI Holdings, Life Technologies, OneSource Distributors and California Bank & Trust … Home Depot hardware departments partnered with San Diego Habitat for Humanity on May 4 to build two homes in the Libby Lake Community in Oceanside. “Volunteers from Home Depot provided the labor and the Home Depot Foundation is contributing $445,000 to the project. … The Arbor Day Foundation has awarded San Diego Gas & Electric a 2011 Arbor Day Celebration Award for its dedication to planting and celebrating trees and conservation efforts. SDG&E received the award for engaging the community in Arbor Day celebrations that best represent the spirit of the tree … The Arc of San Diego’s annual gala was held April 9 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. The event raised $60,000 to help Arc continue providing essential life services such as day training, employment and residential living services to people with disabilities. Sponsors for the event included US Bank, California Bank & Trust, Alliant Insurance Services and Wawanesa Insurance … The National Alliance on Mental Illness held its NAMI Walk in Balboa Park on April 16. To date, $120,000 has been raised and the walk continues to take in donations until June 17. The money raised will augment NAMI’s family and corporate outreach services and programs, including support groups, educational classes, newsletters and the helpline. Some of the sponsors were Kragen Auto Parts, Telecare Corp., Union Bank and Eli Lilly.

Please send Kudos and Giving items to Joyce Glazer at jglazer@sdbj.com.