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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. The “Lights of LightBridge” raised nearly $30,000 for the organization’s programs that enhance the end-of-life journey with 200 people signed up in support.

As part of the evening festivities, Helen McNeal, executive director of California State University Institute for Palliative Care and Peggy Davis, LightBridge Hospice volunteer representing the pet therapy program, received the “Lights of LightBridge” award for their steadfast commitment to helping others.

“These two women are being recognized for their deep commitment to hospice and palliative care,” said Jill Mendlen, board chairwoman of LightBridge Hospice Community Foundation. “Helen as an executive and Peg as a volunteer, exemplify what compassionate care is all about.” 

Two University of San Diego students will be the beneficiaries of this year’s USD Wine Classic. More than $65,000 was raised for the USD Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund. More than 30 USD-affiliated wineries participated in this year’s event. This year’s sponsors included 101 Things to Do in San Diego, Bartell Hotels, McGuire Research and Torrey Pines Bank.

ESET North America announced its support and participation in the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association of San Diego scholarship award ceremony, which was held recently at the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley. The company awarded $10,000 in scholarship funds to two local high school seniors to support their studies in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in higher education.

“This year’s AFCEA San Diego scholarship winners represent an elite group of students pursuing what will surely be successful, rewarding careers in STEM, and we congratulate them on their accomplishments to date,” said Pat Kelly, vice president of education of the association in San Diego. The recipient of an $8,000 scholarship is Nicolette Brennan. This award is made yearly to a San Diego County student who is pursuing a degree in STEM at a four-year college or university. Brennan will attend Stanford University in the fall and intends to major in biology.

Aaron Steger, a graduate from San Dieguito Academy received the second scholarship. This scholarship is a one-time award and is intended to support Steger’s studies in the STEM field.

“As a company dedicated to hiring and retaining top talent in the San Diego area, ESET is proud to support two of the upcoming technology scholars from our own backyard,” said Andrew Lee, CEO, ESET North America. “We wish both students success in their studies and hope they will consider bringing their knowledge back to San Diego and the thriving cybersecurity community that lives and works here.”

Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego Inc. received $8,000 from Home Instead Senior Care Foundation to fund meal delivery service for local seniors. For $7 per day, Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego provides seniors in the community with two meals, including lunch and a hot meal with beverages, sides and desserts all delivered to their home by a caring volunteer. Often, however, there are older adults who cannot afford this fee. The Home Instead Foundation Grant funds will be used to sponsor meals for San Diego’s low-income seniors.

Karl Strauss Brewing Co. recently held its fourth annual Surfrider Beach Clean-Up. 144 team members — from brewers to HR to sales staff — arrived at Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach to begin the arduous task of cleaning up the beach and surrounding inland area.

“We are a local company operating in a beach city so it’s important for us to give back and do what we can to keep our oceans clean,” says Matt

Rattner, president, Karl Strauss Brewing Co. “It was incredible to see so many team members volunteering to help out in such a meaningful way.”

The Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter Manager Haley Jain Haggerstone said overall, the cleanup was a huge success with 278 pounds of trash diverted from the ocean. Employees picked up more than 3,750 cigarette butts and 2,000 pieces of plastic — reiterating the importance of Surfrider’s “Hold On To Your Butt” and “Rise Above Plastics,” programS.

Send Kudos/Giving items to Stephanie R. Glidden at sglidden@sdbj.com

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