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Grant Will Extend Symphony’s Community Outreach

The San Diego Symphony received a $580,000 grant from the James Irvine Foundation through its Exploring Engagement Fund for Large Organizations. The fund aims to support organizations that promote engagement in the arts and arts programming. The grant will be used to implement a new interactive arts program called “Your Song, Your Story.” The yearlong program will feature songs, poems and stories from residents of underserved neighborhoods throughout San Diego as part of an original multimedia piece. “On behalf of the San Diego Symphony, I wish to express our sincere thanks to the James Irvine Foundation,” said San Diego Symphony Music Director Jahja Ling. “We are very excited by the prospect of Your Song, Your Story — a project that will engage and extend our reach to the San Diego community and involve them in the music-making process”… Cavignac & Associates donated $15,750 to 21 nonprofits in San Diego as part of the company’s 13th Annual Charity Fund employee gift giving program. The Charity Fund program was established in 2000 and allows employees to direct a portion of their paychecks each pay period to nonprofit organizations. This year the funds went to the Alpha Project, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America clubs, Fisher House Foundation, Mama’s Kitchen, Monarch School, Photocharity, Polinsky Children’s Center, Reality Changers, San Diego Center for Children, San Diego Junior Theatre, Senior Wellness Center, STARS, Toussaint Academy, Veterans Village, Voices for Children, YMCA Overnight Camps, the Advancing Compassion Project, Just in Time for Foster Youth, Say San Diego, Operation Caregiver, Nice Guys Fund and the Wounded Warrior Foundation. Celia Mondfrans chaired the committee that chose which nonprofits to donate to and determined the donation amounts for each nonprofit. Other committee members included Sue Marberry, Rachel Boucher, Barbara Carter, Jolinda Kramer, Susan McFarland, Bethany Mongold, Bonne Mongold and Janis Theodore … McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. donated 26 laptop computers to students in the Puente Program at MiraCosta College. The Puente Program, founded in 1981, aims to help underserved students obtain college degrees and then return to the community as leaders and mentors. “McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. would like to see the children complete their plan of obtaining their degrees,” said McCarthy Division IT Manager Ray Latour. “This tool should allow them to do that without the extra challenge of trying to get to a place that has computers to use” … LEAD San Diego announced the leaders to be honored at the 11th Annual Visionary Awards. The awards honor outstanding leaders and their contributions to the San Diego region. The event will honor: Irwin and Joan Jacobs, The Neil Morgan Award for Lifetime Achievement; Elizabeth “Betty” Jones, LEAD Graduate of the Year; Malin Burnham, Bill Geppert, Bob Kelly and Peter MacCracken of Our Greater San Diego Vision, The Ronald Kendrick Memorial Award for Regional Collaboration; Bruce Boland, Thella Bowens and Robert Gleason of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, Economic Opportunity Award; Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante and former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, The Charles Nathanson Memorial Award for Cross-Border Region Building. The event will be held May 23 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront … The San Diego Building Owners & Managers Association helped collect 15,070 toys for its 19th Annual Give From Your Heart gift drive to benefit Promises2Kids, a locally based nonprofit organization working to stop child abuse. Gifts were collected over the course of a month at the nearly 400 collection bins that BOMA volunteers set up throughout office buildings and businesses in San Diego County. “We rely on BOMA for their support throughout the gift drive year after year,” said Tonya Torosian, CEO of Promises2Kids. “Promises2Kids is so thankful to the members and thousands of tenants in the participating buildings for being so generous during the holiday season.” 

Please send Kudos/Giving items to Emily Pippin at epippin@sdbj.com.

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