The San Diego County chapter of the Surfrider Foundation held the 13th Annual Art Gala at Paradise Point Resort & Spa, which raised more than $25,000. The funds raised will be used to support local programs offered by the foundation. The event highlighted local artists and featured live painting and interactive art projects. The 450 attendees also enjoyed an art auction, food from Paradise Point Resort and Spa and Jimbo’s…Naturally and beverages from Barefoot Wine and Stone Brewing Co. “Thanks to the dedication of our volunteers, staff, sponsors, artists, and attendees, we experienced one of the most successful Art Galas in our chapter’s history,” said San Diego Chapter Chair Roger Kube. “The success of this event and the funds we raised will allow us to continue our efforts to protect our oceans, waves and beaches here in San Diego County” … Keller Williams Realty San Diego, North Inland Office, held a reverse telethon that raised $11,500 for Meals on Wheels San Diego. The company used its Renew, Energize and Donate (RED) Day, a philanthropy event designed to unite Keller Williams offices, to host the telethon and donate all proceeds to Meals on Wheels. Instead of waiting for calls to come in, the office reversed the traditional telethon and proactively made calls to its staff’s friends and family to collect donations. “This event is an entrenched part of Keller Williams Realty’s culture and displays the extraordinary effect a company can have when individuals come together to work as a team for the greater good of everyone,” said Tessa Sims, team leader … San Diego County Bicycle Coalition received a $10,000 grant from The San Diego Foundation’s Climate Initiative Fund. The funds will be used to create a regionally-based Bike/Walk Alliance that will potentially lead to initiatives to promote biking and walking as the main means of transportation in San Diego. “We’re certainly appreciative of The San Diego Foundation funding our efforts to increase biking and walking in San Diego County,” said Andy Hanshaw, executive director of the Bicycle Coalition. “Vehicles are major contributors to emissions causing climate change. We believe increasing active transportation like biking and walking in the region is a low-hanging fruit in decreasing those emissions” … St. Martin of Tours Academy received a $515 grant for the 2012/2013 school year to pursue implementation of a SeaPerch Remote Operated Vehicle school program. The school entered their SeaPerch project in a local competition and won first place. The competition featured three-student teams that built an underwater vehicle, provided a presentation, competed in an obstacle course, and a deep-water recovery mission … Kaiser Permanente has kicked off the sixth year of Operation Splash in Chula Vista with a $55,000 donation to Friends of Chula Vista Parks and Recreation. The program will fund free swimming lessons for more than 1,000 children. “This program is a demonstration that through good community partnerships, we can make a difference in the lives of children. In addition to promoting safety, Operation Splash encourages children to be more active, and the more active they become, the healthier they will be,” said Paul Bernstein, chief medical officer of Kaiser Permanente’s San Diego Medical Center Area … Access to Independence will host the “Access the Possibilities” fundraising event on June 13 at the Museum of Man in Balboa Park. Guests will have access to the “AccessAbility exhibit” created by the Boston Children’s Museum. Tickets are $75 and the event is sponsored by AmericanWest Bank and Care 1st Health Plan. Call 619-293-3500 ext 238 for more information.