The 103 Annual Charity Ball, the longest running gala in San Diego, is set for Jan. 21 at the Hotel del Coronado. Renowned entertainer Rick Faugno is the featured performer. Faugno is the headliner in “Body & Soul” at the Las Vegas Hilton. Sponsors for this year’s gala include Union Bank and Wells Fargo. Jane and Tom Fetter and Noreen and David Mulliken are gold sponsors. Others sponsors include Bridgepoint Education, Latham & Watkins and SDG&E. Proceeds will benefit the Rady Children’s Trauma Center at the Sam S. and Rose Stein Emergency Care Center. The trauma center cares for injured children under the age of 15 in San Diego and Imperial counties … California Bank & Trust has teamed up with Junior Achievement to provide high school students an opportunity to learn about the banking system and financial literacy. On Dec. 8, 30 high-school students joined CB&T bankers to learn about specific positions within the bank … Emilio Nares Foundation Executive Director Richard Nares, was one of 10 people in the nation who received the Community Health Leaders Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Nares was also given $125,000 for ENF. He is recognized for developing a successful model to support and transport low-income families with children battling cancer to medical visits — “Ride With Emilio.” Nares lost his son, Emilio to cancer … Bank of America donated $60,000 to 2-1-1 San Diego, Feeding America and the San Diego Food Bank to benefit their programs in connecting individuals and families to the state’s CalFresh program. The Program helps to improve the health and well-being of qualified households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs. The grants were announced at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce “Business After Five Mixer” on Dec. 6 … Six employers in the San Diego region have won the Rideshare 2011 Corporate Challenge, sponsored by Sandag to encourage solo drivers to try a more sustainable commute, such as biking, walking, taking public transit, teleworking, van pooling and car pooling. The winners were San Diego Coastkeeper, Parsons Brinckerhoff, URS Corp., Caltrans District 11, Scripps Research Institute and Sharp HealthCare … The annual Encinitas Ellie Awards sponsored by the New Encinitas Business Network was held Oct. 27 at Bentley’s Steak and Chop House in Encinitas. The Grauer School Principal Dana Abplanalp-Diggs received the Educator of the Year 2011 award. The school is celebrating its 21st year of providing quality education in North County … The 5th Annual Tree Lighting and Christmas Carnival was hosted by the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa at Mission Bay and Easter Seals Southern California Nov. 26. Children with disabilities and their families kicked off the holiday season with a holiday carnival and annual “Tree of Hope” lighting ceremony to celebrate diversity and raise awareness for people living with disabilities … The Rotary Club of Escondido donated $2,500 to the Center for Compassionate Care of the Elizabeth Hospice for its serious illness and grief counseling programs. The center helps individuals understand the grieving process, and was created to centralize programs and services offered to children and families coping with the diagnosis of a serious illness or adjusting to the death of a loved one … Sycuan Golf and Tennis Resort partnered with Father Joe’s Villages to collect used golf clubs and equipment throughout San Diego County to be used to benefit the homeless … Viejas Casino team members donated 3,000 tops for The Salvation Army, serving eastern San Diego and western Imperial Counties. The toys were collected at the annual Salvation Army Holiday Party held Dec. 7 at the DreamCatcher at Viejas Casino. Viejas Casino also presented The Salvation Army with a $25,000 check raised at the casino’s Celebrity Slot Tournament.