San Diego Business Journal

Casa de Amparo held its 14th Annual Crystal Ball Gala at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. Bassett Furniture was the title sponsor and Rick and Kaylee Huffman of Bassett were honorary chairs. They were recognized for their commitment to “CASA Kids” and for providing furniture for the Children’s Cottages and the Children’s Services Center at Casa de Amparo’s new CASA Kids Campus in San Marcos. The $300,000 raised will support programs helping abused and neglected children. Some of the patrons were ProFlowers, Jeffrey Strauss and Pamplemousse Grille, Wells Fargo Bank Escondido and California Bank & Trust … The 18th Annual Shop with a Jock presented by the Junior Seau Foundation was held at Target Mission Valley. Athletes from throughout San Diego hosted 250 underprivileged children on a shopping spree where the kids each received a $100 Target gift certificate from the Junior Seau Foundation to shop for their loved ones. Foundation President Jay Kawano said the board is proud to continue Junior’s legacy by holding the 18th Annual Shop with a Jock … The Epilepsy Foundation San Diego County presented Gingerbread City 2012 Myths & Legends. The event was held at The Grand Del Mar. Celebrity chefs included host chef William Bradley of Addison at The Grand Del Mar; chef Bernard Guillas of The Marine Room; and chef Brian Redzikowski of FLAVOR Del Mar … San Diego Gas & Electric has awarded a $25,000 grant to the Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista. The grant is part of SDG&E’s 2012 Environmental Champions Initiative. The funds will support K-12 education programs, which provide guided tours for local school children throughout the year with an emphasis on watershed protection, recycling, environmental awareness and knowledge of native plants and animals … Gilbane Building presented Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito with a $10,000 check which was the proceeds from their Fourth Annual Charity Golf Tournament. The tournament was held in September at Maderas Golf Club in Poway. Sponsors included ACH Mechanical, Tarlton and Son, T.B. Penick & Sons, and Comfort Systems USA … LightBridge Hospice partnered with Coco’s Bakery Restaurant to distribute Thanksgiving meals to hospice patients throughout San Diego County. LightBridge Hospice volunteers delivered meals to 10 of their patients who are without family in the area and/or without the means to have a holiday meal … St. Germaine Children’s Charity Silver Tea was held at a La Jolla home. Proceeds will go to charities that will be selected through a grant process. Past recipients are Angels Foster Family Network, Casa de Amparo, Center for Community Solutions, San Diego Armed Services YMCA and Star/Pal … PCL Construction donated $10,000 to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank to support those in need. PCL offices in 15 locations across the country, including San Diego, have provided $10,000 to food banks for a collective donation of $150,000 … San Diego Opera will receive an NEA Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The $50,000 grant will support the creation of a new production of 20th century Italian composer Ildebrando Pizzetti’s “Murder in the Cathedral” scheduled for March/April 2013 … The Super Dentists raised $1,400 at its Eighth Annual Candy Buy-Back Campaign to benefit Tri-City Medical Center’s NICU. The campaign encouraged the community to donate candy and in exchange Super Dentists donated $1 for every pound of candy. Participants also received $1 for every pound of candy donated. The collected candy was distributed to American troops serving here and overseas … Takeda California is hosting a holiday pizza party and providing gifts to the children at San Diego Center for Children on Dec. 20. “Helping the children of the San Diego community is very important to Takeda,” says Keith Wilson, president and chief scientific officer of Takeda California.

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