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Alliant Educational Foundation Grants $2 Million in Scholarships

San Diego Charity News for October 9, 2017



Bahar Ehfad, scholarship recipient of Alliant educational foundation

The Alliant Educational Foundation distributed $2 million in scholarship support for students in need over the past 12 months. A total of 1,416 scholarships were awarded during the last two semesters, providing financial aid for disadvantaged students striving toward careers of service and leadership. Winners are selected by AIU staff and/or faculty review committees and judged on merit, financial need, area of study, and essays. Since the foundation’s launch in 2015, donations to AEF have helped students across California pursue advanced professional practice degrees in professions. "I didn’t know how I was going to afford the Ph.D. program,” said Bahar Ehfad, clinical Ph.D. scholarship recipient at California School of Professional Psychology at the Los Angeles campus of Alliant University.

On September 29, the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties held its 15th Annual Real Heroes Breakfast on the USS Midway Museum. This year’s honorees included a pair of teenagers who saved a snorkeler from drowning. The Bill Trumpfheller Community Leadership Award was created in honor of Bill Trumpfheller, who passed away in 2016. He is the first individual to be honored with the award.

American Red Cross’ 15th Annual Real Heroes Breakfast

The New Children’s Museum “Studio 200 on Island” Gala, is being held on October 14 at Studio 200. Event sponsors include Bank of America, Cox, The Hamstead Companies, Kaiser Permanente, Professional Maintenance Systems, SDG&E, and North County Credit Union. Proceeds support the creative and innovative programming for children and families, and help the museum continue to provide access to opportunities to think, play and create.

Sycuan’s 27th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Sycuan’s 27th Annual Charity Golf Tournament was held on September 28 at the Sycuan Golf Resort. The Sycuan Tribal Council and General Manager, John Dinius, was in attendance for the presentation of $100,000 to four charities. Those recipients are Indigenous Re-Generation, Inter Tribal Long Term Recovery Foundation, San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless, and Saved In America.

Living Coast Discovery Center

The Living Coast Discovery Center received a $25,000 Environmental Champions grant from San Diego Gas & Electric. The funding will support Science Without Boundaries, a multi-faceted program encompassing Living Lab field trips, Our Wild San Diego school outreach programs, and wildlife day camps for K-12 students.

Bill Brennan, Principal at Barney & Barney, a Marsh & McLennan Insurance Agency, has been selected as the “2017 Person of the Year” by Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego. Brennan will receive his award at the 55th Annual Gourmet Dinner on October 12, being held at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine. Brennan has been a devoted supporter and volunteer for the organization for 15 years, serving as a Big Brother and also serving on the board since 2004.

American Society of Landscape Architects

The American Society of Landscape Architects, San Diego Chapter, held the 38th annual golf tournament on September 11 at Maderas Golf Club. The tournament raises funds for the chapter’s $5,000 Community Grant. ASLA chapter president Nathaniel Magnusson wanted to do more this year and raised an additional $3,000 to be donated to the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. The lunch sponsors were Gail Materials and Gentile & Associates, lunch sponsor Avalon Amenities, and dinner sponsor Bradley Lighting.

Walden Family Services’ Wine D’Vine Gala featuring Peter Frampton, guitarist and rock icon, is being held on October 13 at the Hyatt Aventine. Harley and Maryanne Sefton are among the sponsors. Others include AJW Facilities and Construction, Dowling & Yahnke, Marsh & McLennan Agency Bill Howe, and SDG&E. Proceeds will support the needs of children, youth, and families. Mary Alice and Ron Brady will be honored with the Fostering Hearts Legacy Award.

San Diego County Bar Foundation’s 20th Annual “Evening in La Jolla”

The San Diego County Bar Foundation’s 20th Annual “Evening in La Jolla” was held on September 23 at the Birch Aquarium. The event raised $120,000 to support the Foundation’s work year-round providing San Diego’s underprivileged with the legal resources and education they need. Benefitting grantees have included Center for Community Solutions, Father Joe’s Villages, Jewish Family Service and Think Dignity. Some of the sponsers were Cohelan Khoury & Singer, Perkins Coie, Antonyan Miranda, Best Best & Krieger, and OneAmerica Retirement Services.


Joyce Glazer

Please send news items to Joyce Glazer at joyceg@sdmag.com.

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