The San Diego Police Foundation held its annual Friends of the Badge luncheon Sept. 21 at the Valley View Casino Center. Armon Mills, regional director of practice development of J. H. Cohn and board chairman of SDPF, along with police Chief William Lansdowne welcomed police officers, sponsors and guests. The $101,000 raised will support the foundation in its mission to create a safer community by funding vital equipment, training and outreach programs. Sponsors of the luncheon included SDG&E, Donovan’s Steakhouse, Datron, Jack in the Box and Valley View Casino & Hotel ... Nature Designs Landscaping of Vista was recognized with five awards at the California Landscape Contractors Association’s annual Beautification Awards program. The company’s awards included the President’s Award for a wedding site in Alpine and the Achievement Award for the California Landscape Construction Small Category for their work at a residence in Escondido … The 22nd annual Tuna Challenge was held Sept. 9-11 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego. The event raised $185,000 to grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Silver Gate Yacht Club hosted the event and San Diego County Credit Union was the presenting sponsor … Six honorees of the Somali and East African refugee population are to be honored at the OceanLeaf Awards celebration Oct. 19 at the Jacobs Center in Market Creek Plaza. The Somali Family Service of San Diego will recognize individuals for their efforts in categories including leadership, spirit, innovation and health … The March of Dimes San Diego-Imperial division raised $100,000 at the 29th annual Golf for Babies at the Del Mar Country Club on Sept. 12. The funds support research, education, advocacy and services. Sponsors included Emerson Network Power, California Bank & Trust, United Airlines, Jones Day, Procopio and Biocom … St. Paul’s Senior Homes & Services held its annual LUV gala Aug. 27 and raised $149,000 for the Pace program which offers elderly adults and their caregivers an innovative choice in health care. Mark and Barbara DeMichele were recognized at the event for their outstanding service to the San Diego community and St. Paul’s Pace. Mark is the first vice president of the San Diego Diocese Corporate Board and Barbara is chairman of Coronado First Bank … The Carlsbad City Library held its 3rd Mini Golf “Fore” the Library festival presented by the Carlsbad Library & Arts Foundation on Sept. 18. This year the foundation has contributed $71,000 to fund programs in the library’s Ruby G. Shulman Auditorium and arts education in the William D. Cannon Art Gallery. Sponsors for the event included the Point Loma Credit Union and Set in Stone. Other donations were provided by TaylorMade Golf, Callaway Golf, Trader Joe’s, among others … Ocean Discovery Institute held its annual Bubble Up! gala Sept. 17 at La Costa Resort and Spa. The $170,000 raised will fund tuition-free programs, which aim to engage, educate, and inspire youth through science-based exploration of the ocean and nature. Gen-Probe was the title sponsor for the gala and other contributors included Rancho Santa Fe Technology, Havas Media and Fate Therapeutics.
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