The San Diego Invitational Golf Tournament was held at La Costa Resort and Spa. The $150,000 raised goes to the American Cancer Society to ensure more funding for cancer research, free programs and services for cancer patients and their families, community education on the importance of early detection and prevention, and advocacy to help support legislation to defeat cancer. Ceci Doty and Billy Ray Smith co-chaired the event and The Corky McMillin Cos. was the presenting sponsor. “My father was an NFL football player and the toughest man I knew, but cancer beat him, so now I’m fighting it since he can’t anymore,” said Smith, a former San Diego Charger … Cook & Schmid received a Bronze Anvil Award of Commendation from the Public Relations Society of America for its research and evaluation tactics implemented for the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. “As an agency, we pride ourselves on our careful and thorough research and evaluation methods, and it is an honor to be recognized in this area,” said Jon Schmid, Cook & Schmid president and CEO … Rick and Ann Hein, of Rancho Santa Fe have pledged $100,000 to fund the Hein Family Fellowship Endowment at Cal State San Marcos as part of a matching gift challenge. The endowment will fund need-based fellowships to low-income and first-generation post-graduate scholars in the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences.” With this gift, we hope to extend our giving by supporting a broader community. We’re offering our gift as a match so that, together, we can help more students realize their fullest potential,” said Rick Hein …The Discovery Gala 2012 was held to benefit the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation. Sponsors included Poseidon Resources, SDG&E, Allie’s Party Rentals, Jazzercise, Purdy Homes and Brubaker & Associates. The $23,500 raised supports the programs of the Discovery Center in Carlsbad … The 2012 Tenth Annual Visionary Awards sponsored by LEAD San Diego was held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Dr. Danell Scarborough, executive director of the San Diego Human Relations Commission was honored with the Herbert G. Klein Award for Exemplary Leadership. Kathryn Ashworth, co-founder of Voices for Children, was recognized with the Community Spotlight Award. The event included a special salute to education from Cox Communications and LEAD San Diego, paying tribute to schools and educators. LEAD honors those who enhance the quality of life in the San Diego region by creating a stable place for businesses to operate … The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s 2012 San Diego County Credit Union Walk MS was held on at Legoland California. A total of $425,519 was raised in donations. A second Walk MS was held at NTC Park at Liberty Station and raised $465,725. All donated benefit research and services and programs for people with MS … The San Diego County Taxpayers Association held its 17th annual Golden Watchdog and Fleece Awards Dinner at the Town and Country Resort and Conference Center. Winner of this year’s highest honor, the Grand Golden Watchdog Award, is the County of San Diego. This year’s Grand Golden Fleece was presented to the Otay Water District. The Otay Water District voted to provide free lifetime health and dental benefits to their managers and unrepresented employees. The Golden Watchdog award went to the Port of San Diego for its procurement reform policies, which have streamlined policies to reduce costs and ensure that best practices are in place.
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