Torrey Pines Bank employees and executives from Western Alliance Bancorporation, the bank’s holding company, gave back to the community by volunteering at Oceanside’s Operation Homefront Village. Operation Homefront is a nonprofit organization that helps wounded warriors and their families acclimate to civilian life by providing transitional housing. The volunteers helped at apartments and an onsite office. They also donated a centralized workstation and computer, financial tool kits, new bedding, and backpacks full of school supplies for the children of veterans … The Del Mar and Solana Beach Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) each received a $2,500 grant from San Diego Gas & Electric. The Community Emergency Response Teams are volunteers who are trained to provide assistance to their local fire departments in the event of a major disaster or emergency. The grants were made in recognition of the teams’ contributions to regional preparedness and safety … Dr. Sean Daneshmand and his nonprofit organization, Miracle Babies, received $5,000 from Bandai Co. Ltd. and Sync Beatz Entertainment as part of the Tamagotchi L.i.f.e.’s Hometown Heroes program. The funds will help support the organization’s mission, which is to provide support and financial aid to families with critically ill newborns in neonatal intensive care units. “On behalf of Miracle Babies and the many families in need with sick newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit, I would like to thank Bandai Co. Ltd. and Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. for their very generous contribution,” Daneshmand said. “It is very refreshing to see how socially responsible companies can not only provide wonderful services for profit but also give back to the community at a time of need in such a generous fashion” … Bank of America held its”Museums on Us” program the first weekend in August. The program offered free admission to Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders at more than 150 participating museums in 94 cities, including Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Museum of Photographic Arts and The San Diego Museum of Art … Local nonprofit organization Christie’s Place received $10,000 from the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation. The award was made possible by San Diego Human Dignity Foundation’s grant program, in which the foundation matches individual donations made to nonprofits. Christie’s Place rallied supporters, who raised $5,000. “Christie’s Place provides safety and support for women affected by HIV and their families; the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation is very pleased and honored to present this matching grant check for $10,000 to help further the good work they do for our community,” said John Brown, executive director of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation … The Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad will host its annual gala at La Costa Resort and Spa on Sept. 28. This year’s gala, “Come Play With Us,” will feature delicious cuisine, dancing and a live auction emceed by 10News anchor Kimberly Hunt and her husband, former San Diego Charger Billy Ray Smith. “Everyone is invited to come, dance the night away, and give to a great cause.” said gala Co-Chair Barbi Nelson. “We want everyone to show up and celebrate the club’s impact,” said gala Co-Chair Viola Wheelihan. Funds raised at the event will be used to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad’s after-school programs. Sponsorship and ticket information can be found by contacting Pat Maldi at 760-444-4893, email@example.com or visit www.bgccarlsbad.org.Please send Kudos/Giving items to Stephanie Glidden at firstname.lastname@example.org.