San Diego Business Journal

The San Diego Archaeological Center received a $25,000 challenge grant which will match every dollar contributed to the center through June 30. The funds will go to programs, research and exhibitions. Archaeological artifacts will be preserved and shared with the public as a result of this funding. “This challenge grant is especially important to us now, when corporate and foundation donations are scarce,” said Executive Director Cindy Stankowski … Torrey Pines Bank is a $10,000 sponsor for the San Diego Opera’s special performance by Renee Fleming, a benefit set for March 24. This is a fundraiser for the Bravissimo Campaign for Artistic Excellence from the opera which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year … Actress Ashley Judd, a dedicated humanitarian and a woman who has devoted much of her life to carrying the message of empowerment and equality, is the keynote speaker for the YWCA of San Diego County’s In the Company of Women and Tribute to Women in Industry, or TWIN, awards luncheon. The event is set for April 16 at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina. The event will not only raise awareness about domestic violence, homelessness, and the programs of YWCA, but it will also feature an awards presentation, honoring three selected TWIN nominees for their outstanding accomplishments … The Alpha Project’s 25th anniversary celebration is set for April 21 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. Honorary co-chairs are Marilyn and Doug Sawyer, Art and Lori Bater and Ted Waitt. Underwriters of the event are Datron, Sycuan and Ted Waitt … Meredith Baxter, producer, author, advocate and domestic violence survivor who has spent much of her time speaking out on the issues of violence prevention, women’s health and empowerment, is the keynote speaker for the 13th annual Tea on the Town event. Center for Community Solutions and TJX Cos. sponsor the event which is set for April 27 at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. All proceeds will benefit CCS’s programs for healing and prevention of sexual assault and relationship violence … Christine Harlin was named Volunteer of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of South County San Diego. The award is based on program involvement, fundraising, club awareness and overall club ambassadorship. Harlin, a project manager in the Union Bank’s Business Banking group, is president-elect of the board and serves on several committees. She also focuses on two of the club’s programs — SMART Girls and Project Learn to encourage youth to excel in higher education … Michael Maher, a financial adviser with Merrill Lynch, was recognized on the Barron’s “America’s Top 1,000 Advisors: State-by-State” list published by Barron’s Magazine. Maher was recognized for his accomplishments and expertise in planning for his high-net-worth clients and assisting them in achieving their financial goals … The Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego, the San Diego chapter of the Japanese Citizens League and the Asian Pacific VFW Post 4851 celebrated the Congressional Gold Medal, presented to the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service by Congress at the U.S. Capitol recently. The JAHSSD, San Diego JACL and VFW Post 4851 sponsored the regional Congressional Gold Medal celebration and luncheon to recognize veterans and to present individual servicemen with Gold Medal replicas to commemorate their service. The event was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel … The Kids Korp USA annual pre-gala Wine Party was held at Mille Fleurs restaurant in Rancho Santa Fe. The gathering kicked off the upcoming “A Night at the Royal Ascot” gala which is set for April 28 at the Del Mar Country Club. Proceeds benefit Kids Korp, which strives to instill the spirit of giving in youth while providing education in leadership and responsibility.

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