The Century Club of San Diego hosted its Sixth Annual Diamond in the Rough Gala on Jan. 22 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines as part of the Farmers Insurance Open PGA event. The presenting sponsor was Datron, a company which provides radio products and communication systems to government, military and industrial organizations. The estimated net proceeds of more than $250,000 from the gala go toward providing for the needs of Monarch School students, such as after-school programs, visual and performing arts, mentoring, tutoring and basic personal care items … Susie Spanos will be presented the
Celebration of Life Award at the American Cancer Society 2011 Discovery Gala. Spanos is the spokeswoman for the National Football League’s cancer campaign and is a breast cancer survivor. She has been an inspiration to others by speaking out about her experience. The event is scheduled for April 9 at the Paddock at Del Mar Fairgrounds. Proceeds from the gala support research to find a cure for cancer … The Torrey Pines Association received a $50,000 donation from Rita and Richard Atkinson for upkeep of trails and needed repairs following the winter storms in the area. TPA is a group that encourages public interest in and support for the preservation of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. TPA raises funds through memberships and donations and manages the Torrey Pines Reserve Endowment Fund … US Bank’s Regional Chairman Robert Horsman presented $25,000 to Access to Independence, an organization that empowers people with disabilities to lead independent lives. US Bank is the title sponsor of the organization’s gala, “Creating Possibilities,” scheduled for May 6 … The Chula Vista Save Chapter will share in a $100,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation. The grant will support the programs of Students Against Violence Everywhere, which teach students and parents about the dangers of drinking and driving as well as bullying, substance abuse and relationship problems … San Dieguito Boys & Girls Clubs recognized past club member Summer Ross for being named USA Volleyball’s Beach Female Athlete of the Year. The award is only given to one female in the country. Ross, a Carlsbad native, has won gold medals for both the 19 and under, and 21 and under divisions in the junior world championships this past year … The New Car Dealers Association is the title sponsor for the 10th annual fundraising party for The San Diego Advertising Fund for Emergencies. The event is scheduled for March 3 at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse restaurant. Safe provides grants to local advertising and marketing professionals and their families facing a life crisis or emergency … Kid Ventures hosted a fundraiser for the San Diego Center for Children on Feb. 4. The evening included singing, dancing and a performance by A.J. and the Flip Flops. Kid Ventures has raised more than $3,000 during the past 12 months to support local community causes … The San Diego Armed Services YMCA hosted a Valentine’s Day Party for military families of deployed spouses on Feb. 14 at the Murphy Canyon Chapel. Children attending were able to make valentines for their deployed loved ones.Union Bank has partnered with KPBS on the Cultural Diversity Partnership this year to celebrate local heroes who are making a difference to enrich the lives of others. February is Black History Month and local heroes being honored are Theophilus Alonzo Logan and his wife, Martha, and also Veverly Anderson. March is Women’s History Month with Kathi Anderson and Barbara Bry being honored. The yearlong celebration of diversity will culminate in January 2012, at an event which is part of the 14th Annual Local Heroes Award.