Annie Duke, star of the second season of “Celebrity Apprentice,” and her father, writer and broadcaster Richard Lederer, hosted a charity poker tournament at Harrah’s Rincon casino and resort. The net proceeds of $17,000 will benefit the animals and programs of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA. “The SDHS not only provides outstanding care for the animals, but they are also actively involved in the community to promote the humane treatment of animals,” said Duke … Jill Borg Spitzer is being honored at the Heart & Soul Gala sponsored by Jewish Family Service of San Diego. Spitzer, who is retiring after 26 years with JFS, is being honored for her extraordinary accomplishments, inspiring leadership and service. The event is set for Mar. 3 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla …The Escondido Humane Society received 1,250 pounds of dog and cat food, toys and other supplies at the shelter from Schubach Aviation … The National Conflict Resolution Center is set to celebrate its 24th annual Peacemaker Awards on Feb. 16 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. The event recognizes individuals and organizations for their creative and effective collaborations and solutions to crises and conflict. The San Diego Peacemaker honoree is transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project. The organization empowers culturally diverse youth to mobilize social change through intensive technical training in dance, choreography, creative writing and theater. Sponsors of the Awards include Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch, SDG&E and The Patricia and Christopher Weil Family Foundation … Jerome’s Furniture donated $6,000 to Del Sur Elementary School to support the “Engineering is Elementary” project which promotes engineering and technological literacy among children. EIE will provide the students with a research-based, standards-driven, and classroom-tested curriculum which integrates engineering and technology concepts and skills with elementary science topics … Barrio Logan College Institute raised $77,000 from 64 individuals and organizations toward the Year End Fundraising Campaign to support its mission to promote the pursuit of higher education for disadvantaged students. Contributions were received from Give BIG San Diego, SDG&E, a Sempra Energy utility, Barrett Engineered Pumps, Barrio Station, San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club and the Donald C. and Elizabeth M. Dickinson Foundation … Southern Caregiver Resource Center will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Feb. 11 at the San Diego Marriott Del Mar. La Jolla artist and author Judith Fox is the keynote speaker, and former first lady Rosalynn Carter will serve as the honorary chair. All proceeds will benefit the direct service needs of family caregivers in San Diego and Imperial counties … The Genetics Society of America has honored Joanne Chory, Salk Institute professor and director of the Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory and Howard H. and Maryam R. Newman Chair in Plant Biology, as the recipient of the 2012 Genetics Society of America Medal. GSA established the Genetics Society of America Medal in 1981 to recognize midcareer researchers for outstanding contributions to the field of genetics during the previous 15 years of their careers … Marco LiMandri of A to Z Bail Bonds headed up a blanket drive for the San Diego Rescue Mission. All blankets that were donated went to the mission in order to keep the homeless warm this winter. In addition, ExpertBail, a national network of bail agents donated $500 to the mission … Larry Squire, UC San Diego professor, is set to receive the National Academy of Sciences Award for Scientific Reviewing on April 30 at the academy’s annual meeting. Squire is being honored for his reviews on memory research, his seminal books that are standards in the field, and critical reviews of books on neuroscience. Squire will also receive a $10,000 prize. He is among 17 people receiving awards for extraordinary scientific achievement in the physical, biological and social sciences.
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