San Diego Business Journal

The 83rd annual Candlelight Ball, chaired by local philanthropist Betty Knight Scripps, raised more than $2 million to benefit Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. More than 400 people attended the ball and enjoyed a gourmet dinner and ballroom dance performance. In recognition of Betty Knight Scripps’ community support and generosity, the plaza in front of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla will be named in her honor as The Betty Knight Scripps Plaza…Darlene Shiley and Mary Ball, CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, presented two research grants to San Diego scientists to support Alzheimer’s research. Mark Tuszynski, professor of neurosciences and director of the Center for Neural Repair at UC San Diego received the Alzheimer’s Association 2012 Zenith Fellows Award, which will provide $450,000 over the next three years to support an investigational new drug application to the FDA. David R. Schubert, professor and head of the Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies received the 2012 Investigator-Initiated Research Grant, which will provide $240,000 over the next three years for the development of a new drug candidate. “I am honored to help lead this prestigious collaboration to ensure that world renowned researchers located here in San Diego can continue research for treatment and a cure,” said Shiley, an Alzheimer’s Association advocate and member of its Zenith Society … The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society raised $600,000 at the 14th annual Light the Night Walk held at Petco Park recently. More than 4,000 individuals and 300 teams joined together for the two-mile evening walk. Participants carried colored illuminated balloons: white for survivors of blood cancer, red for supporters of the cause and gold to remember those who lost their lives to cancer…Union Bank presented Second Chance, an organization providing job readiness training programs, with a $25,000 grant award. This is the 14th consecutive year that Union Bank has given contributions to the organization. The grant will be used to support Second Chance’s job training program and additional services that the organization offers, including job placement, financial literacy and housing assistance. “We are beyond grateful for the continued support we receive from Union Bank,” said Second Chance Executive Director Robert Coleman. “The generous donations help us fulfill our simple mission of getting people off the streets and into employment”… Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation sponsored the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s free holiday party for people with multiple sclerosis and their families. More than 600 people attended the party that featured brunch, gifts for children and entertainment. Sycuan has sponsored the annual event since 2003…The Jimmie Johnson Foundation, in partnership with Lowe’s Toolbox for Education, awarded more than $190,000 in grants to three San Diego County public schools. Santana High School received $77,195 to create a high-tech workshop; Flying Hills Elementary School in El Cajon received $69,709 to build language and literacy skills with new iMac computers and Imagine Learning software; Construction Tech Academy, on the Kearny High School campus in San Diego, received $47,476 to upgrade its precision machine tool technology program…In lieu of giving holiday gifts to clients, BB&T-John Burnham Insurance Services donated $15,000 to The Warrior Foundation, a nonprofit organization benefiting the troops. The company began donating to The Warrior Foundation in 2009 and also supports the nonprofit through BB&T’s annual Lighthouse Project, a corporate philanthropy effort in which each BB&T branch donates volunteer hours and monetary contributions to a local charitable cause…MOGL, a restaurant customer loyalty program, donated 200,000 meals to Feeding America San Diego as part of the company’s Meal for a Meal Program, in which the company automatically donates one meal to Feeding America for every time a MOGL user spends $20 when dining out. The company surpassed its December goal of donating 173,000 meals.

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