San Diego Business Journal

This House Party Raises $660,000 to Help Hospitalized Kids

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego raised $660,000 at its ROMP Gala at the Rancho Valencia Resort. Proceeds will help RMHCSD provide critical support services to families with hospitalized children. The ROMP 2012 “Once Upon a Time” gala featured musical guests Boyz II Men.

Couple’s $7M Donation Funds New Nursing Institute at USD

The University of San Diego received a $7 million donation from J. Robert Beyster, founder of SAIC, and his wife Betty to fund the Betty and Bob Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, Advanced Practice, and Simulation.

Women’s Commitments to Community, Careers Are Honored

The YWCA 2012 “In the Company of Women” luncheon is being held at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina.

Grant Gives a Brighter Future to Efforts to Preserve the Past

The San Diego Archaeological Center received a $25,000 challenge grant which will match every dollar contributed to the center through June 30.

Luncheon Honors 15 Who Are Dedicated to Making a Difference

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will recognize 15 women at its 47th Women of Dedication luncheon set for March 28 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.

Local Group Earns Presidential Praise for Educational Efforts

The Ocean Discovery Institute is one of three organizations in the United States to receive the 2010 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

Foundation Is Employing Its Resources for Workforce Development

The Escondido Charitable Foundation granted $90,000 to local organizations that focus on workforce development.

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Big Hearts Play Big Part in Helping Raise Needed Funds for Kids

Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County held its 50th Annual Gourmet Dinner on Oct. 6 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine.

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Samba Gala Makes All the Right Moves to Support Arts Education

The New Children’s Museum’s Sambas for a Purpose gala was held at the museum Aug. 27 with Michael and Lisette Farrell as chairs and Olivia and Peter Farrell, founder of ResMed, as honorary chairs.

Gift to Library Is Bank’s Investment in Community’s Kids, Future

Union Bank pledged $300,000 to the San Diego Public Library Foundation to support construction of the new Central Library which is scheduled to open in 2013.

Foundation’s Special Effort Raises Funds to Support Navy SEALs

Craig and Rebecca Irving hosted the 3rd annual Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation event raising $200,000 to support active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs and their families.

Event Takes Its Best Shot at Helping Cancer Patients, Families

Armon Mills and Kay Coleman were honorary co-chairs of the San Diego Invitational Golf Tournament which was held on May 23 at The Santaluz Club.

The Commitment to a Diabetes Cure Is Seen at the Promise Ball

The San Diego Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation raised $750,000 at its annual Promise Ball held on April 30 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

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Funding of Program Provides Powerful Tool for Helping At-Risk Kids

Takeda San Diego announced a $250,000 gift to the San Diego Center for Children funding a new behavioral health diagnostic program

Denise Brown Speech to Address Issues of Domestic Violence

The YWCA San Diego’s annual “In the Company of Women” luncheon is scheduled for April 20 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.

Kyoto Prize Gala to Honor Achievements and Support Scholarships

The Inamori Foundation and Kyoto Symposium Organization’s gala is set for April 4 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Generous Donors Put This Foundation in a Fortunate Position

The Jewish Community Foundation San Diego reported a 67 percent increase to its donor advised funds and family foundations for 2010.

Grant Helps Youth Club Provide an Encouraging Environment

The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito’s Griset Branch received $50,000 from the county through the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program.

Playhouse ‘Casts’ Its Friends in Some Award-Winning Roles

The La Jolla Playhouse 2011 gala scheduled for March 19 will honor Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright along with Tony Award-winning actor BD Wong and set designer Robert Brill. In keeping with the theme, “La Jolla Playhouse Honors,” Arthur Wagner, founding chair and emeritus professor, UC San Diego Department of Theatre & Dance, and the past board chairs of the Playhouse will also be honored.

Day for Change Makes Lasting Contribution to the Community

Day for Change awarded grants totaling $75,000 to organizations that serve abused and neglected children in San Diego, including Casa de Amparo, Compass Family Center, Monarch School, Voices for Children and Walden Family Services.

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Couple’s Kindness Gives Foster Kids Help During Difficult Days

Promises2Kids received a $250,000 gift from David Dunn, managing partner of Idanta Partners located in Carmel Valley, and his wife, Marilyn, to provide gift cards for foster teens.

Gratitude Takes Center Stage as Opera Gala Honors Supporter

Esther Burnham is being honored by San Diego Opera at its 2011 Gala scheduled for Jan. 29 at The US Grant hotel following a performance by the opera.

Donation Will Help to Deliver Gift of Good Music to Many Seniors

The late Muriel Gluck bequeathed $750,000 to UC San Diego to underwrite a new concert series for seniors in San Diego. Undergraduate and graduate students in the university’s Department of Music will present the “Gluck Series,” a concert series bringing monthly performances to senior citizens throughout the county.

Foundation’s Mission of Giving Touches the Lives of Children

Voices for Children received a $1 million grant from the Leichtag Family Foundation which will be paid out over a three-year period and coincides with Voices’ 30th anniversary in service to San Diego foster children. Grant funds will allow for program growth as well as expansion of fundraising capacity and agency infrastructure.

Nice Guy Finishes First in the Eyes of This Organization

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Nice Guys San Diego named Peter Farrell Nice Guy of the Year at the 31st Annual Gala on Oct. 16.

‘Mr. San Diego’ Has Earned Quite a Good Name for Himself

Joe Craver, CEO of American Red Cross-San Diego/Imperial Counties, was named Mr. San Diego at the San Diego Rotary Club meeting Oct. 14.

A Lifetime of Community Leadership Praised and Honored

The United Way of San Diego County presented its first James F. Mulvaney Community Leadership Award at its Open House and Legacy Recognition event Oct. 6. Jim Mulvaney, who died just days after his four sons accepted the award in his honor, was founder and senior partner of Mulvaney, Kahan & Barry, and was the inaugural recipient of the award.

Gift to Help USD’s Alumni Stay on Lifelong Path of Learning

Verizon Wireless President and CEO Lowell McAdam and his wife, Susan, have donated $100,000 to the University of San Diego to support the School of Business Administration’s Alumni Lifelong Learning program, which provides alumni with the opportunity to network and interact with USD faculty at events around the country.

Leadership, Contributions to Community Earn Exec a Powerful Title

Theresa Drew, managing partner of Deloitte, was named Woman of the Year by San Diego Magazine at the Women Who Move the City event held Sept. 15 at Scripps Seaside Forum.

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Cancer Survivor Makes Waves at Luau & Longboard Fundraiser

Connie Matsui, a retired executive vice president of Biogen Idec, volunteer and cancer survivor, was honored at the annual UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Luau & Longboard Invitational.

Microsoft Makes Grand Entrance With Tech Grant at Store Opening

The San Diego Futures Foundation received a $200,000 technology grant at the Microsoft store grand opening at Fashion Valley mall in June. “This partnership is a transformative step towards bridging the ‘digital divide.

LEAD San Diego Honors Doctor for Community Outreach Services

LEAD San Diego presented the 2010 Herbert G. Klein Visionary Award to Dr. Chris Searles at the Eighth Annual Awards event held May 27 at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina.

Women’s Group Awards Grants to Those Focused on the Environment

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The San Diego Women’s Foundation awarded $152,700 at its 10th Annual Grants Celebration held June 1 at The Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla. The focus for grants this year was the field of Environment.

Gala Brings in $100K for Abuse Prevention Efforts

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Home Start raised $100,000 at its 2010 Blue Ribbon Gala on April 24. The funds help Home Start to focus on child abuse education for the community, prevention and early intervention services.

Building ‘Green’ Exhibit Buoys Fundraising for Military Families

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Outreach for Humanity held the LEEDing the Way in Green Solutions Vendor Exhibit on March 19 aboard the USS Midway Museum aircraft carrier.