The Urban League of San Diego County received a $150,000 grant from the Union Bank Foundation. From left: City Councilmember Myrtle Cole; Urban League of San Diego County Housing Counselor Janet Heming; Union Bank Vice President and Foundation Officer Kathy Patoff; Union Bank Senior Vice President and Regional Executive Lawrence Henry; and (back row) Urban League of San Diego County President and CEO Ray King.

The Urban League of San Diego County received a $150,000 grant from the Union Bank Foundation. From left: City Councilmember Myrtle Cole; Urban League of San Diego County Housing Counselor Janet Heming; Union Bank Vice President and Foundation Officer Kathy Patoff; Union Bank Senior Vice President and Regional Executive Lawrence Henry; and (back row) Urban League of San Diego County President and CEO Ray King.

Joan and Irwin Jacobs are committing to a $10 million matching gift for the San Diego Public Library Foundation in an effort to encourage new donors to join current donors in financially supporting the new San Diego Central Library in downtown San Diego. The gift will match dollar-for-dollar any new naming commitments up to $10 million received before the library’s opening Sept. 28. Naming opportunities still available include the auditorium, reading room, lobby, courtyard, art gallery and computer lab. “The tremendous generosity of the Jacobses cannot be overstated,” said Mel Katz, chair of the San Diego Public Library Foundation board of directors. “This matching gift provides a wonderful incentive to join the thousands of Central Library donors who are making a difference and changing people’s lives. It also provides the opportunity to be recognized in what has already become a San Diego icon” …

More than $165,000 was raised for Ronald McDonald House Charities in the organization’s annual Red Shoe Day fundraiser. More than 1,400 volunteers throughout key intersections in San Diego County collected cash donations in size-14 red shoes during the morning commute June 27. “At no time is the generosity of the San Diego County community more evident to us than during Red Shoe Day, when countless individuals give their time, spare change and even substantial bills to help our organization,” said Chuck Day, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities San Diego. “Each donation makes an impact in the lives of the families who stay at our 47-bedroom facility or visit our day-use Family Care Center for a comforting meal or other services.” The funds raised will benefit San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House, which provides respite and services to local families with an ill or injured child being treated at a local hospital. Donations are still being collected online at www.rmhcsd.org …

The Urban League of San Diego County received a $150,000 grant from the Union Bank Foundation. The funds will be used to support the organization’s work to educate low-to-moderate income homebuyers. “This grant from the Union Bank Foundation will enable us to work with first-time homebuyers, as well as those re-entering the home ownership market, to create economic growth in the low income ethnic minority communities that we serve,” said San Diego Urban League President and CEO Ray King. “This is another example of Union Bank and the Union Bank Foundation’s commitment to serving in the communities where they do business.” The grant will be paid over three years and Union Bank Senior Vice President and Regional Executive Lawrence Henry presented the first year grant of $50,000 to the organization during the Golden Pyramid Scholars Program in San Diego …

C-Level Management will co-host a Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event August 3 with Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County. The event will be held at the Montesquieu Winery with a goal of raising $25,000 and packaging more than 100,000 meals. More information can be found at http://events.stophungernow.org/powerof10.

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