Philanthropist Madeleine Pickens, Co-Chair Dominique Plewes and The Del Mar Country Club have announced that more than $1 million was raised recently at an event to support the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation. This year’s fundraiser, sponsored by American Airlines, Bumble Bee Foods, Corky’s Pest Control, John Matty Co., Nammo, Kimmelman Family Foundation, Pamplemousse Grille, TaylorMade Golf Co. Inc., adidas, Ashworth and Adams, Cymer Inc., Wells Fargo Bank, and others attracted 125 golfers to the annual Scramble Golf Tournament, and 360 attendees to the evening dinner gala. The event’s opening morning ceremony featured bagpipers performing patriotic songs and a spectacular skydiving exhibition by Skydiving Innovations. Michael Thornton, Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient, kicked off the golf tournament with welcoming comments.
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The San Diego Police Foundation’s Fifth Annual Women in Blue Luncheon raised more than $70,000 to fund equipment, training and outreach programs for those who protect and serve. A record 329 attendees were inspired by the stories of this year’s honorees, reflecting the depth and scope of female leadership at the San Diego Police Department. The 2015 Women in Blue honorees were: Anastasia Smith, SDPD Captain, Internal Affairs/Professional Standards Unit; Chris Haley, SDPD Program Manager of Information Services; and Tina Williams, SDPD Northern Division Lieutenant and SWAT Executive Officer.
Chief Shelley Zimmerman gave the keynote that included anecdotes from her first year as San Diego’s first female chief of police. Lowell Handy, from presenting sponsor Verizon Wireless and the father of four girls, reflected on the importance of encouraging young women to aspire to greatness in all fields. Other major sponsors included Cox Communications, ESET North America, Mission Federal Credit Union, Andersen Plumbing Heating and Air and the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.
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Father Joe’s Villages held its Second Annual Taste of the Village recently. The event was attended by 111 guests and $30,850 was raised. The Village Culinary Arts Program students and employees prepared the hors d’oeuvres. Attendees had the opportunity to meet Father Joe’s new CEO, Deacon Jim Vargas, who has been with the organization since Feb. 17. Celebrity chef Brian Malarkey was on hand for comments on the culinary arts and a three-course gourmet meal was designed by students from the Freddie Evarkiou Culinary Arts Program. During the year, Father Joe’s Villages provides services to nearly 15,000 people, serves up to 3,000 meals daily to the homeless and working poor and has helped seven out of 10 people served by Villages’ programs to transition to permanent housing. For more information on other services and programs, visit neighbor.org.
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San Diego County employees joined the American Heart Association and Union Bank in downtown San Diego’s Horton Square in celebration of National Walking Day. The AHA issued a challenge to San Diegans to take 30 minutes of their day to participate in a countywide effort to walk a combined 25 million steps. Dozens of local companies and hundreds of individuals from around the county stepped up to the challenge. The celebration brought approximately 250 people together for free health screenings provided by UC San Diego Health System, healthy food from Subway and Jimbo’s…Naturally! and health information from AHA and others. Rana Sampson, Union Bank vice president, said the bank has been a supporter of the AHA for nearly 30 years.
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Susan G. Komen San Diego granted $1.1 million to breast cancer research and local breast health services at an event recently at AMN Healthcare. The Komen grants will provide the largest and most comprehensive breast health program in San Diego County. Seventy-five percent of every dollar raised stays in San Diego County to fund local breast health programs and the remaining 25 percent helps fund international breast cancer research. For a list of grantees, visit komensandiego.org.
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