David and Lesley Cohn co-founded the Garfield High School Foundation in 1996 to raise funds for the culinary arts program at the school, an alternative continuation school located in downtown San Diego. Through the cooking program, which the Cohns also helped jump-start, teenage students who are considered high-risk for dropout, learn a culinary skill set across a vast array of academic disciplines to prepare for a career in the industry. This year was the 15th anniversary of the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon which was scheduled at the Prado Ballroom in Balboa Park. All food and materials were donated by David and Lesley Cohn. Over the past 15 years as the foundation’s founders, the Cohns have helped to raise $250,000, and all proceeds from the ticket sales of this year’s event are going to support the foundation … Recently, volunteers conducted a three-hour clean sweep of Mission Bay for SeaWorld and San Diego Coastkeeper’s inaugural Mission Possible: Clean the Bay Day. Volunteers removed 433 pounds of trash. Another Coastkeeper event, the11th annual World Water Monitoring Day, was held at Birch Aquarium in La Jolla. The event featured environmental and ocean-themed educational activities for schoolchildren from San Diego and Tijuana … The Junior Achievement of San Diego and Imperial Counties celebrated the best of the business community’s “past, present and future” at its annual San Diego Business Hall of Fame at the Hotel del Coronado. The event paid tribute to the past hall of fame laureate and founding father of Junior Achievement, Walter Zable. Joe Craver of the American Red Cross and Mary Walshok of University of California San Diego are this year’s laureates and were selected for both their professional accomplishments and their contributions to the city of San Diego … The San Diego chapter of ARCS Foundation donated $232,500 in scholarships to 31 UC San Diego graduate students. The gift will also go toward UCSD’s student support initiative, Invent the Future. The ARCS Foundation, a national volunteer women’s organization, provides awards to top students studying science, medicine and engineering. The local chapter has donated $3.8 million to support UC San Diego students since the chapter’s inception in 1985 … The Ultimate Fitness Challenge Santaluz Club’s Inaugural Tee It Up For The Troops golf tournament raised $97,000 which will benefit local charities and organizations including Operation Amped San Diego, which received a $12,000 donation. Others being considered for support include Veterans Village of San Diego, Standing Tall Together, USO San Diego and Operation America Cares … The Escondido Charitable Foundation awarded $215,000 to several programs in Escondido recently. ECF member Bob Wilson matched members’ donations this year along with the Live Here, Give Here Matching Program, through the Legacy Fund of Matt McLaughlin at The San Diego Foundation. The grants were awarded to address a wide range of needs in the Escondido community, from youth education and volunteer opportunities to park enhancements and establishing trails for outdoor family activities … Three schools received cash prizes to buy classroom supplies because they won the countywide Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Challenge sponsored by Sandag’s iCommute program. Flora Vista Elementary School in Encinitas was the grand prize winner with a gift of $1,000; Ocean Knoll Elementary School in Encinitas was second and received $750; Encanto Elementary School in San Diego was third and received $500. Throughout the region, 29 schools participated in the week-long Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Challenge, in October … Kids’ Turn San Diego held its 11th annual Wine Gala & Auction fundraiser at the El Cortez. The $30,000 raised goes toward programs that help families transition through separation or divorce. Sponsors included Seltzer, Caplan, McMahon & Vitek, Ranch Catering, The Kaseno CPA Firm and Wine Company Enterprises.
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