San Diego Business Journal

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Petco Park, the San Diego Padres and the Petco Foundation, a nonprofit serving as a voice for companion animals since 1999, donated $10,000 to the San Diego Humane Society during the pregame ceremony May 18.

In his first major event since his foot amputation in late March, Father Joe Carroll, is issuing a fundraising challenge for this year’s TOWERthon on May 31. Father Joe pledges to make at least 50 trips on the elevator during the event, while race participants run 22 flights of stairs in the downtown San Diego high-rise 550 Corporate Center. Proceeds raised by Father Joe and the competitors will benefit the homeless youth of St. Vincent de Paul Village’s Toussaint Academy. For more information on the event and to register, visit www.towerthon.com.

To help in the relief efforts associated with the wildfires throughout San Diego County, San Diego-based Chicken of the Sea is donating $10,000 to the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation as part of Chicken of the Sea’s nationwide Great American Gratitude Tour. For information on donating to the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation, please visit www.sdfirerescue.org.

San Diego Social Venture Partners, a local nonprofit giving organization, has issued a call to local nonprofits to apply for the third annual “Advance San Diego” event and compete for more than $75,000 in cash and services. Advance San Diego is modeled after the popular “fast-pitch” venture capital funding competitions like the TV show “Shark Tank.” SDSVP helps local nonprofit organizations define their impact, clearly articulate it and in turn raise funds as a result of the competition.

From the applications, 30 nonprofit finalists will be chosen to work with a SDSVP mentor. Finalists will present their fast-pitch to influential funders, philanthropists, businesses and community leaders in October.

SDSVP offers three competition segments: STEM; Military and their Families; and Youth and the Arts. Nonprofits serving these areas are encouraged to apply. There is no cost to participate in SDSVP’s Advance San Diego program. For information on San Diego Social Venture Partners and Advance San Diego 2014 please visit www.SDSVP.org. Applications are due to SDSVP by June 6.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito’s 2013 Overall Youth of the Year, Daisy Aguilar, just announced she is a recipient of the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship Award.

Daisy now will be able to attend the University of San Diego, her first choice out of nine universities she received acceptance letters from. More than 52,000 applicants applied this year which puts Daisy in the 2 percent of students who received the award. The Gates Millennium Scholarship award is funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Daisy grew up in a single-parent home in the Hispanic community of La Colonia de Eden Gardens in the Solana Beach, She has attended the after-school program at the La Colonia Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito since she was 9 years old. Daisy will be the first in her family to attend college and plans to double major in business and sociology and obtain her minor in nonprofit management. For more information on Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, please visit www.bgcsandieguito.org

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