Ocean Discovery Institute held its annual Bubble Up! Gala at La Costa Resort & Spa. The organization celebrated the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring bestowed by the U.S. government for the institute’s efforts in these fields. The $200,000 raised will fund tuition-free programs, which engage, educate and inspire young people from urban and diverse backgrounds through science-based exploration of the ocean and nature, preparing them to be tomorrow’s scientific and environmental leaders. Carolina Barraza was a program graduate and now works as events and communications coordinator for the institute. Gen-Probe was the title sponsor; Boeing, Procopio, Cox Communications, Recon Environmental, Hughes Marino, SDG&E, Bank of America and Verizon Wireless were also sponsors … The Chula Vista Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, awarded $24,828 to the Chula Vista Community Collaborative. The grant will support its Family Engagement Project. The project will eliminate barriers to accessing support services, increase family engagement in support services and develop a centralized, accountable and responsive referral processing system … The Oceanside Yacht Club hosted the 10th annual charity regatta to benefit the Elizabeth Hospice. The event raised $13,600. The Elizabeth Hospice provides services to patients and families in northern San Diego County neighborhoods regardless of a person’s ability to pay … 6 Degrees 5 Year Anniversary Gala held at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter hotel raised $22,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation San Diego. “We are honored to have the opportunity to help make wishes come true, said Matt Greene, CEO and founder of 6 Degrees, a company dedicated to offering individuals opportunities to increase their network of business contacts by participating in various social venues … Barons Market held its Sweet Summer Social recently at all of its locations in San Diego. The Back to School celebration was created by Barons as a way to give back to the community. All proceeds went to the San Diego Unified Emergency School Supplies Fund and the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Riverside County … Mary Murray received one of Wells Fargo’s annual Volunteer Service Awards for her outstanding volunteer spirit. Wells Fargo contributed $10,000 to the Encinitas-based Angel Faces in Murray’s honor to recognize her contribution to the organization. She is a wealth adviser at Wells Fargo in Rancho Santa Fe … Dr. Brandon Bell and his father, Dr. Geoffrey Bell, contributed $500 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad. For every new patient that arrived for their first appointment on time, $5 was earmarked to give to the BGCC … The 21st Annual Butterfly Ball will recognize The Dr. Seuss Fund/San Diego Foundation as the platinum sponsor for a gift of $25,000 to Fresh Start Surgical Gifts. Marine Air is being recognized as a gold level sponsor for their $10,000 contribution. Steve Netzley of RSCG Edge and Paul Kerr of Davlyn Investments will be recognized as bronze level sponsors for the $5,000 contributions. All proceeds from the event which is set for Oct. 20 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine go toward providing free reconstructive surgery and related medical care.
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