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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.

The fire, which started less than a quarter mile away on El Camino Real and Cassia Street, could have easily swept through the industrial section where ViaSat is located.

The company presented thank you cards and banners to the firefighters, while employees donated eight Apple TVs — one for each station — for Carlsbad Fire to use for training and entertainment. Also, ViaSat employees and families donated money and gift cards to help families in the Carlsbad Unified School District and the Windsor apartments that were destroyed on Ambrosia Lane.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego’s newest community fundraising event, the Celebrity Golf Classic hosted by Yonder Alonso, raised more than $20,000 recently at the Barona Creek Golf Club. Proceeds from the charity event will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Ramona Branch.

More than 70 golfers and 19 celebrities from the Padres, Chargers, NBA, University of San Diego Toreros, US Soccer, Women’s Premier Soccer League San Diego, UT San Diego and local television stations joined host Alonso for a day of golf and fun. Alonso, a Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego Life Changer spokesman, is a Boys & Girls Club alumnus from Miami. As part of wanting to give back, he has chosen to begin a partnership with this Boys & Girls Clubs. The Celebrity Golf Classic joins the Clubs’ two other community-based golf tournaments, the Don Coryell Memorial Tournament in October and the Borrego Springs Golf Classic in February.

Father Joe Carroll and Diane Stump, interim president and CEO of Father Joe’s Villages, recently announced a new retail location for St. Vincent de Paul Village in Chula Vista. Also in attendance for the ribbon cutting was Toussaint Academy graduate and new store employee Zola Randolph. This new retail location provides a way for donors to buy something for themselves and donate to Father Joe’s efforts to end homelessness. In 2013, Father Joe’s Villages and partner agencies provided services to more than 15,000 people, served more that 3,000 meals daily to the homeless and working poor, and helped seven out of 10 people served by Village programs to move to permanent housing.

The Chula Vista Charitable Foundation announced its 2014-15 grantees received $45,000 during a special pre-game ceremony as part of Chula Vista Community Day at Petco Park. This year, Foundation members chose to focus funding on building community leadership and involvement around a health and human service issue in Chula Vista.

Three grantees received checks during the ceremony: $15,000 to Turning the Hearts Center for the Have a Heart, Meeting Critical Needs program; $12,000 to St. Rose of Lima for the Sister Dolores Outreach, Fresh Food to Families program Westport; and $8,000 to the Time for My Health/Tempos Poor MI Salad program. This game was part of the 2014 Chula Vista Community Series at Petco Park. The seven-game series benefits the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation. Community members can save up to 30 percent on tickets bought at Padres.com/ChulaVista. One lucky ticket holder will win a meet and greet with Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who was born in Chula Vista.

Please email Kudos/Giving items to sglidden@sdbj.com

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