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These La Jolla Gems Sparkle on Their Perches Near the Pacific

There are scores of charming neighborhoods in San Diego County, but the Barber Tract in La Jolla is one of the most beguiling. Reminiscent of Carmel in Northern California, the streets of the community are lined with vine-covered cottages, grand estates and a treasure trove of architecturally significant, historic homes.

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Volunteers Pitch In to Help Get Care Packages to Our Military

People gathered recently at the USO San Diego to put together 300 “We Care” packages for U.S. service members. Military families were joined by Toyota and the Padres Volunteer Team to build packages for service members.

Surfing Dogs Drop-In for Fundraising Event and Make a Splash

The Helen Woodward Animal Center held the 10th annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon at Dog Beach in Del Mar recently. The event was presented by Blue Buffalo Co. Ltd.

Athletes Helping Athletes Is Going Strong in Its Efforts to Help

Athletes Helping Athletes, a San Diego nonprofit, works with families across the country to donate custom-built handcycles, giving disabled children the chance to enjoy being a kid.

Foundation Grant to Girls Give Back Encourages Youth to Learn and Lead

The Hadassah Foundation, which invests in social change for girls and women in Israel and the U.S., has awarded a $35,200 grant to Girls Give Back, a Jewish Family Service of San Diego program, to help cover operating expenses for the next year.

Crisis House’s Goal Is to House All the Homeless Veterans

On the last Friday in January, the annual 2015 count on homeless veterans in San Diego County was 1,381. El Cajon-based nonprofit Crisis House in partnership with the Volunteers of America and funding from the Department of Veteran Affairs is working to permanently house homeless veterans.

O.B. Gets Some TLC From a Co.’s Employees and a Nonprofit

Employees of Johnson Controls Inc. in San Diego gave up a Saturday recently to beautify and clean up one of San Diego’s beaches.

Center Hits the Road to Help Animal Welfare Organizations

For more than 13 years, through The Business of Saving Lives, the Helen Woodward Animal Center has demonstrated its dedication to saving the lives of homeless pets, not only within its San Diego-based facility, but in shelters and rescues across the globe.

Thanks to Many, the San Salvador Is Back in Local Waters

The Maritime Museum of San Diego has launched the San Salvador, a full-sized, fully functional replica of the original Spanish galleon that arrived at the port that we now call San Diego in 1542.

Geisel’s $3M Gift Helps UCSD Library With Its Revitalization

San Diego philanthropist, literacy advocate, and longtime supporter of the University of California, San Diego, Audrey Geisel, has donated $3 million toward the renovation of the university’s iconic flagship building, the Geisel Library.

Crazy Hair, Good Hearts on Display to Support Second Chance

Intelicare Direct, a leading customer service solutions company with offices in Las Vegas and San Diego, held a crazy hair day benefitting San Diego-based nonprofit Second Chance. For every ICD employee who came to the office with crazy hair, one haircut was donated to Second Chance for someone trying to get back into the workforce.

Fundraising Fete Brings Big Amount to Voices for Children

Voices for Children held its annual Wine Women and Shoes fundraiser, which raised a record-breaking $225,000. The proceeds will provide many more foster children in San Diego County with the caring support of a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA volunteer. The event was held at the Mission Hills home of Marina Marrelli, a former board member and longtime supporter of VFC. Guests enjoyed wine tasting, shopping, fashion vignettes, and a live auction. The top seller in the auction was a pair of floor tickets to the Rolling Stones and an overnight stay at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

These Heroes Made a Super Effort to Support Miracle Babies

The seventh annual Miracle Babies 5K took place recently at Embarcadero Marina Park South.

Essay Contest Aims to Help Public Transit Pick Up More Riders

Helping the environment, saving money and extra study time were a few compelling arguments high school seniors made about the benefits of taking public transit to win laptops as part of the Metropolitan Transit System and Coca-Cola Cos. Laptop Scholarship Essay Contest.

Food Bank Gets a Fine Crew of Volunteers to Help Out

A group of 30 BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair employees, family members and friends volunteered at the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank recently.

Supporting Special Olympics Was the Cool Thing to Do at Aquatica

The weather was picture perfect at Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark recently as hundreds of enthusiastic “plungers” charged into the chilly waters of the park’s Big Surf wave pool to raise money for Special Olympics San Diego.

Caring, Compassion Part of the Love Kitchen’s Special Ingredients

The Little Caesars Love Kitchen, staffed by an Escondido franchise of Little Caesars Enterprises Inc., stopped by Interfaith Community Services recently with more than 30 pizzas to distribute to the homeless and clients of Interfaith’s housing programs.

Golf Fundraiser Nets $422K for Sharp Grossmont Hospital

Grossmont Hospital Foundation raised more than $422,000 for Sharp Grossmont Hospital at the 31st Annual Grossmont Hospital Invitational Golf Tournament at Sycuan Resort and Casino.

Six Women Honored for Their Role In Educating, Inspiring

Karen Haynes, president of California State University San Marcos, was one of six California State University women presidents recognized for their outstanding leadership at the Leadership California Awards Ceremony.

Denny Sanford Dedicates San Diego Zoo Kids Channel Theatre

With children and animal ambassadors looking on, philanthropist Denny Sanford unveiled the new San Diego Zoo Kids Channel Theatre. The theatre, located at the Zoo’s Elephant Odyssey habitat, allows guests to enjoy the broadcast programming currently available at 10 children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses across the U.S.

Summer Reading Book Drive Helps Children Open New Worlds

To get more books into the hands of children, United Way of San Diego County has launched its fourth annual Summer Reading Book Drive through May, providing bilingual summer reading for economically disadvantaged San Diego children up to age 8.

JFS’ Contributions to Improving Community Health Are Honored

Jewish Family Service of San Diego was recognized by the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency at the 14th annual Live Well San Diego Public Health Champion Awards.

Supporters of SEAL-NSW Family Foundation Raise $1 Million

Philanthropist Madeleine Pickens, Co-Chair Dominique Plewes and The Del Mar Country Club have announced that more than $1 million was raised recently at an event to support the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation.

Donations Fund Weekend Camp For Grieving Children

Each year, more than 100 children and teens have the opportunity to attend Camp Erin San Diego, thanks to the generous donations from local philanthropic groups.

United Way Volunteers Share the Magic of Dr. Seuss With Kids

To inspire a love of learning and the written word, volunteers from United Way of San Diego County participated in the National Education Association’s 18th Annual Read Across America Day and celebrated Dr. Seuss’ 111th birthday by sharing beloved tales from the local literary legend with students at elementary schools across the county.

Game Changers Helps Run Up the Score for Local Food Bank

Union Bank partnered with the San Diego Chargers to raise funds for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank over the course of the Chargers’ 2014 season.

OceanLeaf Awards Honor Leaders in East African Communities

Somali Family Service of San Diego County recently celebrated San Diego’s Somali and other East African cultures and community leaders at the third annual OceanLeaf Awards Celebration.

Former Exec Takes Leadership Role at New Children’s Museum

The New Children’s Museum announced that former board member Rich Horner is shifting from volunteer to full-time staff member as he joins the leadership team as the director of development.

Building Leadership Is Goal of Gift to San Diego State University

San Diego State University President Elliot Hirshman and Vice President for Student Affairs Eric Rivera, along with a group of student leaders, gathered recently to honor Jeffrey Glazer at the naming of the Jeffrey W. Glazer Center for Leadership and Service.

Company’s Employees Bring Boatload of Support to Food Bank

San Diego BAE Systems employees collected nearly 2,000 pounds of food and presented a $5,000 check to the San Diego Food Bank.

Company Comes Up With Good Recipe to Help Homeless Youth

Intelicare Direct, a leading call center service provider and customer service solutions company with offices in San Diego and Las Vegas, hosted its second annual “Pancakes and Pajamas” day to benefit StandUp For Kids, a nonprofit that works to end youth homelessness.

Grant Will Fortify Food Pantry’s Efforts to Fight Hunger

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The Hand Up Youth Food Pantry at Jewish Family Service of San Diego was awarded a $75,000 grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation.

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Boys & Girls Clubs Hall of Fame Makes Room for 5 More Heroes

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego inducted five new members into the Escondido branches’ Alumni Hall of Fame during the recent Founders Day Luncheon ceremony at the group’s Lefty Mitchell Branch. The new inductees who joined the 56 current hall of fame members are: Vatei Ouy Campbell, fund development manager, The Elizabeth Hospice; Bill Martin, deputy planning director, City of Escondido; Katherine Longfellow Petersen, former house manager, Ronald McDonald House, Las Vegas; Garrett Ponder, staff coordinator, marketing, Qualcomm Inc.; and Kyle Ruggles, principal, Alamosa Park Elementary School.

Foundation Delivers More to Coastal Communities and Causes

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, a San Diego nonprofit, will kick off its 2015 Dental Clinics during National Children’s Dental Health Month in February to provide restorative and orthodontic dental procedures and preventative dental education to disadvantaged infants, children, and teens.

HP Donates Computers to Further the Success of College Institute

Barrio Logan College Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to helping disadvantaged families prepare their children for college, is receiving 25 desktop and 25 notebook PCs from Hewlett-Packard Development Co. L.P. as part of its continued seven-year partnership with BLCI.

At 25, the Jewish Film Festival’s Focus Is Still on Great Cinema

The San Diego Center for Jewish Culture is presenting the San Diego Jewish Film Festival’s 25th Silver Anniversary.

New Kitchen Will Help Urban Angels Feed the Homeless

PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) in downtown San Diego recently recognized local nonprofit Urban Angels with a special kitchen and dining area dedication ceremony at Connections Housing.

Businesses and Groups Make the Holidays Happy for Many

San Diegans really turned out this holiday season for many good causes and events. My inbox was overflowing with news of individuals, businesses and nonprofits that gave generously of their time and money.

Young Architect of the Year Award Honors a Growing Talent

J. Antonio Garcia was named the 2014 Young Architect of the Year at the American Institute of Architects — San Diego Design Awards event held recently.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters Enjoy a Big Night on the Ice

Frank Motors Group recently sponsored the 12th annual Big Night on Ice at downtown Horton Plaza’s ice rink to benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County.

Thousands Generously Donate During Chargers Blood Drive

Thanks to the generosity of more than 3,500 San Diegans, an impressive 1,091 units of blood were collected by the San Diego Blood Bank at the Chargers Drive XXXVI presented by San Diego County Credit Union.

Hale Tribute Raises a Hearty $145,000 for Cerebral Palsy

United Cerebral Palsy announced that the tribute dinner honoring biotech pioneer David Hale of Hale Biopharma Ventures as the “Life Sciences Leader of the Year” raised more than $145,000.

Couple Receive Humanitarian Award for Service to Children

Project Concern International, a global health, development, and humanitarian nonprofit based in San Diego, recently honored a few San Diego businesspeople for their outstanding humanitarian work at its 26th annual Hands Across Borders Gala.

Credit Union and Its Members Rally to Support Rady Children’s

The San Diego County Credit Union recently supported Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego as a sponsor of two special events.

Heroes Honored During American Indian Heritage Month

Two local heroes were honored by KPBS and Union Bank for American Indian Heritage Month in November.

EY Volunteers Plant Seeds of Hope in Conservation Garden

EY (formerly Ernst & Young) gave all of its 300 accountants and other professionals in San Diego the day off recently to volunteer and give back to the community as part of its annual “EY Connect Day.”

Program Is Helping Students Bring Out Their Inner Athlete

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad and Activ8 Athleticism are providing a first-class athletic development experience to young athletes who participate in sports programs.

Chargers Look to Become 36-0 With Winning Blood Drive Effort

The San Diego Blood Bank is gearing up once again for one of the longest running community events.

This Hornblower Benefit Cruise Is Scheduled to Go to the Dogs

Hornblower’s sixth annual Bow Wow Brunch Cruise is holding a Halloween-themed brunch with Fido-friendly activities and a stunning ride around San Diego Bay.

Nonprofit Plans Campus to Serve the Developmentally Disabled

At 17, Cheryl Kilmer was on a mission to make a positive difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

Grant to Help Women Overcome Domestic Violence, Homelessness

The matter of domestic violence has been brought to light again recently as an issue that needs to be addressed and discussed openly.

Inaugural Golf Tournament Swings Into Action on Helping Front

Charity for Hope, a multipurpose nonprofit, hosted its inaugural Industry Charity Golf Tournament recently at Sycuan Golf Resort. At the golf tournament, Charity for Hope presented a $5,000 academic scholarship to Leuva Patidar Samaj of USA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the Indian culture and educational community advancement. Donations from sponsors and more than 80 attendees will fund future community contributions, including existing nonprofit charitable organizations such as orphanages, hospitals, disaster relief foundations and educational funds for the less advantaged.

Help Turn the Tide on Trash By Joining Coastal Cleanup Day

I Love A Clean San Diego is celebrating its 30th anniversary Sept. 20 by hosting Coastal Cleanup Day.

BOMA Equips Foster Kids for Their Educational Journey

The Building Owners and Management Association, or BOMA, recently collected a total of 206 backpacks, nearly 1,400 school supplies and raised more than $500 to donate to Promises2Kids to help make the back-to-school season brighter for the foster youth of San Diego. Kudos to BOMA for a successful backpack drive.

BOMA Equips Foster Kids for Their Educational Journey

The Building Owners and Management Association, or BOMA, recently collected a total of 206 backpacks, nearly 1,400 school supplies and raised more than $500 to donate to Promises2Kids to help make the back-to-school season brighter for the foster youth of San Diego.

25th Anniversary Is a Celebration of Community, Giving

Jackson Design & Remodeling decided to come up with a unique way to celebrate 25 years in business in San Diego.

Children’s Museum Project Brings Art, Creativity to the Masses

The New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego will continue its popular Mass Creativity project for a third year in 2015, supported by a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Museum announced.

These ‘Lights’ Are a Shining Example of Caring, Compassion

The LightBridge Hospice Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization that fulfills special requests for hospice patients and their loved ones, held its annual celebration of inspirational people recently at Old Poway Park.

Builder, Other Cos. Give STEM a Home At Boys & Girls Club

Employees of McCarthy Building Companies Inc. teamed recently with a group of consultants and subcontractors to give the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego what it needed most: a new STEM lab and outdoor garden area at its Ron Roberts Family Branch on East Jewett Street in San Diego’s Linda Vista area.

Efforts Help Preserve and Present the ‘Art of the People’

Even after many years in San Diego, there are things I learn about some of the city’s most beloved places that amaze me.

United Way, Volunteers Help Make Reading Part of Kids’ Summer

For the third year, United Way of San Diego County’s Day of Action helped San Diego families who cannot afford to buy summer reading books for their children.

ViaSat Thanks Firefighters for Keeping Its People, Property Safe

Carlsbad-based ViaSat Inc., through its community outreach program Vpartners, thanked firefighters for the great work they did in keeping the company’s 1,800 employees on its campus on El Camino Real safe from the recent Carlsbad fires.

Chefs Challenge-Buccaneer Ball Raises $175K for Meals on Wheels

Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego invited San Diegans to walk the plank at the Buccaneer Ball and fifth annual Chef Appetizer Challenge held recently.

81-Year-Old Still Sharing Lessons of Her 57 Years of Sobriety

At 81 years old, Jeanne McAlister still manages the day-to-day duties as founder and CEO of the McAlister Institute, a substance abuse and recovery center that has 150 staff members who help more than 2,500 adults and teens every month.

McCarthy’s ‘Heart Hats’ Outreach Spins More than Just Wheels

McCarthy Holdings Inc. is giving back to the communities it serves.

Women, Water Mix Well for Conservation, Education at Library

The San Diego Women’s Foundation’s Annual Grants Celebration was one of the most inspirational nights of the year.

Anniversary Is Rallying Point for Wounded Warrior Support

Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP launched a yearlong twentieth anniversary celebration in support of Wounded Warrior Project, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness for and providing assistance to wounded service members and their families.

Company Gives Back By Giving Out Backpacks to Homeless

Instant Checkmate Inc. became the first corporate sponsor of the Arizona-based nonprofit reKindle by launching a companywide donation drive, collecting backpacks, food and other supplies in preparation for a unique, guerilla-style distribution event with the reKindle charity.

Petco’s 10th Anniversary Naturally Went to the Dogs and Cats

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Petco Park, the San Diego Padres and the Petco Foundation, a nonprofit serving as a voice for companion animals since 1999, donated $10,000 to the San Diego Humane Society during the pregame ceremony May 18.

Company Puts Its All Into Community Service on RED Day

The Helen Woodward Animal Center was visited recently by 47 volunteers from local Keller Williams Realty branches who extended their philanthropic paws to a variety of center programs.