The San Diego Foundation awarded more than $2.1 million in scholarships to 800 recipients. “We are committed to ensuring a quality education is within reach of every San Diegan, and we are grateful for the generous donors and volunteers who share that conviction to make it happen,” said Bob Kelly, president and CEO of The San Diego Foundation. The foundation’s scholarship program offers scholarships to graduating high school seniors, current college students, graduate students, and adult re-entry students; awards are granted to four-year universities, two-year colleges, graduate, or trade and vocational schools … More than $200,000 was raised at Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego Inc.’s 4th Annual Chef Appetizer Challenge and Superhero Soirée. The event, held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, featured guests in superhero costumes, a silent auction and appetizers from chefs throughout San Diego County. The funds raised will be used to ensure San Diego County homebound seniors receive the care and support needed to keep them in good health and in their homes … Restaurants across San Diego County are participating in the 5th annual “Dollar a Dish” fundraiser benefiting the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids Backpack Program. Participating restaurants have each selected a popular dish and, throughout the month of August, will donate $1 to the backpack program for every dish sold. The program provides weekend backpacks filled with food to elementary children who receive free meals at school during the week, but might otherwise go hungry during the weekends. More information on participating restaurants can be found at http://sandiegofoodbank.org/dollar-a-dish/ … AT&T presented a $15,000 check to the Veterans Association of North County (VANC). The funds will be used to help pay for the Career Transition Assistance Program. It is a month-long class which prepares San Diego active military and unemployed veterans for the civilian job market. “Veterans are often the most talented, mature, and experienced people showing up to job interviews. However, it is often challenging for them to find employment in the civilian workforce,” said Chuck Atkinson, president of VANC. “AT&T has really ramped up efforts to help veterans translate their skill sets to fit new opportunities.” AT&T has also increased veteran recruitment efforts and announced a hiring goal of 5,000 veterans and their families over the next 5 years as part of the company’s Joining Forces Initiative … The Barney & Barney Foundation will host the 4th annual Rock the Foundation event Sept. 19 at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. The event is led by Barney & Barney LLC insurance brokerage, with support from headline sponsor CHUBB, and additional sponsors Guardian, Aetna, AIX Group, California Bank & Trust, BeneTrac, Assurex Global, Conexis, First Insurance Funding, OneBeacon, Travelers, Zurich, San Diego Magazine and the San Diego Business Journal. “On behalf of the entire team at Barney & Barney, I want to thank our sponsors and everyone who has supported Rock the Foundation over the years,” said Paul Hering, CEO of Barney & Barney. “We are excited to support the amazing work this year’s grant recipients are doing to provide services and resources that help our communities thrive.” Proceeds from the event will be donated to nonprofit organizations in San Diego, Orange County and the San Francisco.
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