San Diego Gas & Electric has committed $600,000 to its “Helping People In Need” initiative this holiday season. “SDG&E shares the goals of local nonprofit organizations that work hard every day to feed our hungry, shelter our homeless, assist our disabled, help our veterans, aid seniors, and protect families from domestic abuse,” said Pedro Villegas, director of community relations for SDG&E. Some of those receiving grants are The San Diego Rescue Mission, the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, Feeding America San Diego, The Salvation Army, Senior Community Centers of San Diego, Vietnam Veterans of San Diego, ASYMCA at Camp Pendleton and the Veterans Housing Initiative. “Each and every month, The Salvation Army in East County serves at least 1,000 families who would go to bed hungry without food assistance,” said Captain Terry Masango. “Over the last few years, we have seen an increase in the number of families seeking food assistance and are doing our best to meet those needs. Thanks to the generosity of SDG&E, we are going to be able to provide holiday meals for 100 families at Thanksgiving, and hundreds more through our other food assistance programs” … Vista Hill’s 55th Anniversary gala was held aboard the USS Midway Museum. The IMBY (In My Back Yard) award recipients Sharon and Jerry Stein and the Stein Family have been involved with Vista Hill over three generations. The $200,000 raised will support programs and needs in the areas of mental health, substance abuse and developmental disabilities. Audrey S. Geisel/Dr. Seuss Fund was the presenting sponsor. Others included Darlene Marcos Shiley, Virginia Napierskie, Mary Alice, Ron Brady and Torrey Pines Bank … San Diego Symphony received a $580,000 grant from the James Irvine Foundation through its competitive Exploring Engagement Fund for Large Organizations. The symphony was chosen as one of eight large-budget arts organization recipients. This grant will be used for a contributory arts program entitled Your Song, Your Story beginning in 2013. “This will be an extraordinary learning opportunity for all of us involved,” said San Diego Symphony music director Jahja Ling … The 50th Annual Big Brothers, Big Sisters Gourmet Dinner was held at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine. Ron Fowler, chairman and CEO of Liquid Investments and executive chairman of the San Diego Padres, was recognized by BBBS as Person of the Year for his commitment to San Diego and his one-to-one mentoring as well as longtime support of BBBS. Donovan’s Prime Seafood hosted the reception and LPL Financial was the event’s title sponsor. The $550,000 raised will help strengthen the outreach program to recruit men and Spanish-speaking volunteers to serve children, with life-changing programs … In commemoration of Disability Awareness Month, Union Bank has partnered with KPBS to recognize two local heroes who are making a positive difference to improve the lives of others. The honorees are Louis Frick and Laurel Moorhead. “KPBS has the honor of partnering with Union Bank to recognize the amazing individuals and their vigorous efforts,” said Tom Karlo, KPBS general manager. “KPBS is proud to focus on these honorees in our programming. Their journeys lend life lessons and epitomize making a constructive difference in our neighborhoods and ultimately the world” … Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County honored Hispanic Heritage month with an award ceremony. Wells Fargo Bank presented a plaque to South Bay’s Nestor Language Academy Charter School in recognition of the bank’s $25,000 donation to support Nestor’s Big Brothers Big Sisters mentorship program. The donation will support the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ big and little mentorship program between Nestor Language Academy Charter School and Southwest High School.
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