Association San Diego/Imperial Chapter
Rep. Susan Davis, left, and 2013 Reagan/Thal Legacy Award Honoree Gail Levin attended the Alzheimer’s Association San Diego/Imperial Chapter’s 16th annual Memories in the Making Art Auction, which raised more than $150,000 for the organization.

Association San Diego/Imperial Chapter Rep. Susan Davis, left, and 2013 Reagan/Thal Legacy Award Honoree Gail Levin attended the Alzheimer’s Association San Diego/Imperial Chapter’s 16th annual Memories in the Making Art Auction, which raised more than $150,000 for the organization.

The Alzheimer’s Association San Diego/Imperial Chapter held the 16th annual Memories in the Making Art Auction recently at the Hahn University Center at the University of San Diego. The event raised more than $150,000 to support the San Diego/Imperial Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The event featured a cocktail reception and art auction. Former KNSD-TV anchors Marty Levin and Susan Taylor, current executive director, external affairs Scripps Health, served as emcees for the event. Special guests included Alzheimer’s San Diego Chapter President Mary Ball; event chair Barbara Mulligan; longtime Alzheimer’s Association supporter Darlene Shiley; Congresswoman Susan Davis; San Diego County Sheriff William D. Gore and his wife, artist Natalie Sabin Gore; KNSD-TV education producer Rory Devine; KGTV-TV weather anchor Pat Brown; Reagan/Thal Awardee Gail Levin; Manpower’s Phil Blair; Manpower’s Mel Katz; San Diego Symphony Principal Associate Concertmaster Nick Grant and former Cloud 9 Shuttle CEO John Hawkins … Nonprofit National Veterans Transition Services, commonly known as REBOOT, received a $50,000 grant from Wells Fargo. The organization works to help veterans adjust to civilian life and find employment. “We’re honored and grateful for Wells Fargo’s continued generosity and commitment to helping local veterans making the transition to the civilian workforce,” said Maurice Wilson, president of REBOOT and a retired U.S. Navy master chief petty officer … The Burn Institute’s 14th annual Firefighter Boot Drive raised more than $150,000. Each year, hundreds of uniformed firefighters from fire departments all over San Diego County take their fire engines to intersections in their local communities and collect donations in their boots during the morning and evening commutes. The funds raised will go to support fire and burn prevention and education programs at the Burn Institute. “The Boot Drive has become one of the institute’s most successful events,” said Chief Scott Walker, Burn Institute interim executive director. “The fire service really is the backbone of this organization. As a team we can do great things for the community.” This year San Diego Gas & Electric also helped support the cause by hosting a “Fill the Boot for the Burn Institute” boot drive at their Kearny Mesa campus … The McAlister Institute for Treatment and Education Inc., a local nonprofit that provides a comprehensive range of substance abuse treatment and recovery services, received a $10,000 grant from The Rite Aid Foundation. The funds will be used to support the Kiva Women and Children’s Center. “The road to recovery is one no one should have to face alone or without the proper support resources and support,” said Gayle Rife, manager of The Rite Aid Foundation. “The Rite Aid Foundation is proud to support McAlister Institute in their mission of providing counseling services to the women and children they serve through their Kiva Women and Children’s Center.”

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