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Five Abraxas High School Students Win $500 Sunrise Rotary Scholarships

Each year since 1999, the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary has given scholarships to students at Abraxas High School.

School’s year-end in 2007 is no different as five students each received a $500 scholarship this week.

In addition to the scholarships, RB Sunrise Rotary presented their Teacher of the Year award to Carole DeBruin and the Student of the Year award to J. Antoine Irwin.

DeBruin was selected as Rotary’s Teacher of the Year due to her courageous and innovative methods of teaching. For the past nine years, DeBruin, sponsored by RB Sunrise Rotary, has been regularly turning over her speech class to the students to run.

This approach has led to students participating in a Rotary speech contest, in which students are educated in Rotary’s rules of what to apply to everything that one thinks, says and does.

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Scripps Health has received a $30 million gift to support the new Scripps cardio philanthropic donations in the organization’s 83-year history.

The funds will help Scripps create a cardiovascular center to serve as a destination hospital for cardiac care on the West Coast.

“The Howard Charitable Foundation’s remarkable generosity will allow patients to have greater access to many of the nation’s top cardiac experts and lifesaving services at Scripps,” said Scripps President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Van Gorder.

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The Zoological Society of San Diego’s Rendezvous in the Zoo was held at the San Diego Zoo on June 16. The $500,000 raised was matched two for one by philanthropist Conrad Prebys bringing the total amount to $1.5 million. The funds raised will benefit the new elephant habitat at the zoo.

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Rady Children’s Hospital Miracle Makers Gala held June 2 at the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina raised $83,000, which will benefit the patient care fund that provides for the hospital’s most urgent needs. Sponsors included Comerica Bank, InfoSonics Corp., Royal Wine Co., Cocktails by Jenn, and LEFT Inc.

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Junior Achievement of San Diego and Imperial Counties received a $17,700 grant from Las Patronas to be used to purchase and install flooring for JA’s new BizTown Civic Center Plaza.

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Super-Krete International Inc. donated a $20,000 concrete overlay system to Rebuilding Together’s San Diego headquarters in Logan Heights. This gift helps secure the RTSD office and warehouse. RTSD has renovated more than 50 low-income family homes, through in-kind donations and volunteer labor valued at $1 million.

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Kids In Touch Communications received a $5,000 grant from Entegris through The Minneapolis Foundation. Northrop Grumman Corp. also provided 88 computers for military children. Kids In Touch provides computers to families that currently do not have a computer in the home so they can communicate with military members who have been deployed.

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The San Diego Futures Foundation received a $20,000 grant from AT & T;’s Excelerator Fund to support technology services for nonprofits. SDFF is launching its Extreme Technology Makeover program sponsored by AT & T;, which will offer free technical services and upgrades to select San Diego nonprofits. The makeovers may include technical services, computers, software, planning and consulting at no cost to the recipients.

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Scripps Cancer Center, Stevens Division raised $1.38 million at its 16th Annual Spinoff Auction. Sponsors include Home Bank of California, American Airlines and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Proceeds help to fund cancer education and prevention, patient support services and clinical research programs.

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Hope for a Cure Foundation donated a $13,000 microscope to the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in San Diego. Hope for a Cure Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for cancer research by purchasing and donating needed equipment directly to San Diego-based nonprofit cancer research centers.

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A New PATH presented Natural Rhythms, a jazz concert and celebration, on June 2. The event celebrated the eighth anniversary of a new PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing), as well as celebrated efforts to reduce the stigma of substance abuse. Musicians Joe Marillo, Rob Thorsen, Bob Weller and Joe Azarello were sponsors along with Prometa Treatment Protocols for Addiction, Caroline and Donald Stewart and Caroline Dipping.


Please send Giving information to Stacey Bengtson at

sbengtson@sdbj.com

or San Diego philanthropist Joyce Glazer at

jglazer@sdbj.com

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