Mohit Bhushan, left, Sharmila Bhushan, Aleck Karis, Karen Hirschfeld Karis, honorary Committee Co-Chair Fiona Mackin-Jha, and Sanjay Jha at Home Start Inc.’s 46th Annual Blue Ribbon Gala. Photo courtesy of Home Start Inc.

Mohit Bhushan, left, Sharmila Bhushan, Aleck Karis, Karen Hirschfeld Karis, honorary Committee Co-Chair Fiona Mackin-Jha, and Sanjay Jha at Home Start Inc.’s 46th Annual Blue Ribbon Gala. Photo courtesy of Home Start Inc.

— Home Start Inc., a nonprofit child abuse prevention and treatment agency that has strengthened and developed San Diego’s families and communities since 1972, netted more than $120,000 at its 46th Annual Blue Ribbon Gala recently at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa.

The event, held each April in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, raised funds for the organization’s programs that provide critical assistance to children and families throughout San Diego County.

During the gala’s “Bohemian Nights” themed event Congresswoman Susan Davis was honored as Home Start’s 2018 Outstanding Community Partner with an award presented by California Assembly member Todd Gloria. Home Start also recognized Barney & Barney Foundation as its 2018 Outstanding Funding Partner. Visit home-start.org.

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The East County Economic Development Council received a donation from San Diego Gas & Electric in support of the East County EDC’s Manufacturing Workforce Portfolio. The grant will allow the East County EDC to improve workforce readiness and education.

San Diego Gas & Electric’s support will allow the East County EDC to continue to fund programs such as the Annual Manufacturing Expo and Resource Fair, and the Careers in Manufacturing Tour and Panel series. Each of these programs empowers local job seekers to take the next step in pursuing their career.

Jo Marie Diamond, president and CEO of the East County Economic Development Council said: “San Diego Gas & Electric has been a stellar, dedicated, and generous partner to the East County EDC providing not only the monetary contribution represented by this grant, but also the commitment of its professional staff expertise in the means for manufacturers and other employers to achieve energy cost-savings and sustainability.” Visit eastcountyedc.org.

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The American Council on Exercise, a San Diego-based nonprofit organization with global reach that works to improve physical activity levels, has announced the promotion of Dr. Cedric X. Bryant to the role of president, and Shane Kinkennon’s move to chief operating officer. Bryant will retain the role of chief science officer, a position he’s held for 16 years. Kinkennon was previously ACE’s chief strategy officer. Visit acefitness.org.

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National Foundation for Autism Research awarded $5,000 to the San Diego Center for Children to fund the launch of its ASD Thrive Program for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and their families at the center’s Family Wellness Center.

ASD Thrive is designed to help meet the mental and behavioral health needs of San Diego County adolescents with ASD especially those from low-income households, and to strengthen their families through education, support and skills training. This emphasis distinguishes ASD Thrive from other programs that primarily focus on behavioral therapy for the child. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the country. Approximately one in every 59 children in the U.S. have autism or a closely related disorder. Visit centerforchildren.org.

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The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy announced that it has been named a “2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews of charities and nonprofits. The Top-Rated Nonprofit Award is based on the rating and number of reviews that SDRVC received from volunteers, donors and aid recipients.

Trish Boaz, executive director of SDRVC said: “We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including partnering with public and private organizations, individuals and government agencies to strategically and sustainably combat invasives and restore habitat throughout the San Dieguito watershed, growing and gaining momentum of our Watershed Explorers and Citizen Science Monitoring programs that brought in over 200 youth into the river valley and more than 600 citizen scientists who conducted surveys and assisted with motion-activated wildlife camera trapping throughout the river valley.” Visit greatnonprofits.org/awards

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