The San Diego-based Pacific South Coast Chapter of Multiple Sclerosis Society’s walk was held April 30 at NTC Park at Liberty Station and the second Walk MS was held May 1 at the Legoland California in Carlsbad. Together they raised $738,271 for MS research, programs and services for people with MS. San Diego County Credit Union was the title sponsor for the 10th year. Presenting sponsors included NBC San Diego 7/39, KyXy 96.5, Legoland, PepsiCo and Sycuan Casino. “It was a very inspirational weekend to celebrate the power of a community coming together in a movement toward a world free of multiple sclerosis,” said Rich Israel, president of the National MS Society’s Pacific South Coast Chapter … San Diego State University has received two major gifts. Ron and Alexis Fowler have pledged $5 million to the athletic department. Because of their leadership and support during the past 30 years, the SDSU Athletics building has been renamed the Fowler Athletics Center. Co-founder and CEO of Costco, Jim Sinegal and his wife, Janet, pledged $2.5 million to support scholarships for San Diego State University students. The Sinegals are both alumni of SDSU. Their donation will be used to support students in three areas: There is $1 million to support the Guardian Scholars program, which helps students exiting the foster care system. There is $1 million toward the Janet Sinegal Scholarship Endowment, which provides scholarships to students who aspire to become teachers, and $500,000 will go to support students who are veterans. This gift brings the total amount contributed to the “Fuel Potential” scholarship campaign to nearly $30 million … Christopher Yanov was honored by 10News for establishing Reality Changers, a program that prepares inner-city teenagers to become first generation college students. Yanov started the organization 10 years ago with $300. The organization now has a Comprehensive Tutoring Program, Senior Academy program, UC San Diego program, and Forest Home program … Volunteer San Diego organized a group of volunteers from Cresa Partners for a service project at The New Children’s Museum on April 28. The volunteers helped kids with hands-on art project workshops. David Callahan, Cresa Partners vice president, said “It was very rewarding, and I recommend Volunteer San Diego for any volunteer project.” … Union Bank partnered with KPBS to celebrate local heroes who are making a difference to enrich the lives of others. The 2011 Cultural Diversity Partnership celebrated Jewish American Heritage Month. Sixteen San Diegans from eight areas are recognized throughout the year. The 2011 Jewish American Heritage Month honorees are Jackie Gmach and Dr. Edith Eva Eger … Cook + Schmid received an honorable mention from the 2011 Hermes Creative Awards for the out-of-home advertising component of the Housing Matters campaign. The campaign is part of a public awareness and outreach campaign in partnership with the County of San Diego’s Mental Health Services Administration to reduce stigma and housing discrimination faced by residents suffering from mental disabilities and homelessness … The San Diego Rescue Mission received a $5,000 donation from the employees at the H. J. Heinz Co., San Diego. The local Heinz factory donated $2,500 and the Heinz Foundation provided a $2,500 matching gift. The program was formed to support organizations in communities in which the company’s factories reside. The Rescue Mission will use the funds to help continue its mission of serving the poor, addicted, homeless and abused … A San Diego organization received a $100,000 grant from the Ford Foundation in honor of its 75th anniversary. Teddy Cruz, co-founder of the Center for Urban Ecologies, was one of 12 organizations in the United States to receive the Ford Foundation Visionaries Awards. The no-strings-attached awards will be given just this year with the intention of allowing the recipients to continue their work by relieving their financial worries for a time.
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