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City Ballet Celebrates 25 Years at Its Silver Jubilee Gala

San Diego Charity News for November 6, 2017



Silver Jubilee Gala sponsor Kate Chan and gala co-chairs Rita Steel and Lauren Steel

On October 7, City Ballet of San Diego presented its Silver Jubilee Gala celebrating the 25th anniversary of the organization. The event was chaired by Rita Steel and Lauren Steel at the Hotel Del Coronado, which is the company’s season sponsor. The $200,000 raised will ensure that City Ballet of San Diego can continue to present ballet and education and outreach programs to children and patrons annually. Underwriters and sponsors include Barbie and Dan Spinazzola, Rick and Jennifer Faucett, Rita and Chuck Steel, Kendra Scott, US Bank, Kate Chan, and Delta Air Lines.

In celebration of 50 years of community building through philanthropy and innovative programs, the Jewish Community Foundation is holding an anniversary brunch on November 12 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. Carol Leifer, Emmy nominee, producer, and comedian, will share her story. As a nonprofit philanthropic service provider, the foundation helps match philanthropic passions of donors with grantee recipients from the community and around the world.

Jewish Community Foundation

The Living Coast Discovery Center held “Elegance on the Bay” in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the zoo/aquarium on San Diego Bay on October 21. The reception honored the leadership and contributions of San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox, Floyd Wergeland, Jr., M.D., Founding Director Emeritus Stephen Neudecker, and Board Chairperson Susan Fuller, all who helped the Living Coast reach the 30th anniversary. Integral Communities was the presenting sponsor. Others included SDG&E, Seven Mile Casino, Sun Communities, and Cox Communications.

The second annual Scripps Coastchella benefit concert raised $320,000 to help purchase surgical equipment at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. The event was held on October 19 at the Belly UP Tavern in Solana Beach, featuring G. Love & Special Sauce and country band Nancarrow. Drs. Gil and Jenny Galloway, GlenBrook Health Center, Clarice and Neil Hokanson, and Michael and Kym Tedesco – Morgan Stanley, were among the sponsors.

YWCA of San Diego County received a $50,000 grant from Verizon through its HopeLine program. Funds will support Becky’s House violence programs, which include a 24-hour crisis hotline, helping to provide life-saving services, and resources to women, men and children affected by domestic violence.

The 14th annual National Alliance on Mental Illness Color Ball & Inspiration Awards was held on October 17 at the El Cortez. Jeanne McAlister, CEO of the McAlister Institute, was named Lifetime Champion for her work championing programs that address co-occurring disorders. Through her vision and McAlister Institute’s wide variety of programs, tens of thousands of individuals have successfully regained their lives.

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute held its annual gala, “Sights Set on Discovery,” on October 14 at Coasterra on Harbor Island. The event raised $500,000 to support pioneering research at SBP and the unrestricted donations allow the institute to allocate resources where they are needed the most. SBP depends on private support to bridge the gap between basic research, drug development and therapeutics. The Platinum Sponsor was Jim & Susan Blair. Gold Sponsors were Jeanne Herberger and Debbie Turner.

The San Diego Foundation held its annual meeting, “Gathering Community for Opportunity,” on October 19. Kathlyn Mead, President & CEO of the foundation, announced that hundreds of donors gave $50.93 million in Fiscal Year 2017. The foundation promotes positive change through grantmaking, strategic partnerships, and civic engagement that improves the lives of those in the San Diego region.

The San Diego Foundation

Mission Federal Credit Union was recognized by San Diego-Imperial Girl Scout Council with the Community Partner Award 2017. Girl Scout Troops across San Diego County partner with Mission Fed to help scouts of all ages learn money management skills. Throughout the year, Mission Fed invites Girl Scout Troops to set up a troop tour and workshop at any of their 30 Mission Fed branches.

Girls, Inc. of San Diego County was named the grand prize winner of the ESET Nonprofit Pitch Fest and received the top cash award of $20,000. The funds will support outreach programs in San Diego that inspire girls to pursue professions in science, technology, engineering, and math, and give them opportunities to learn technical skills like coding that can lead to a job in cybersecurity and related fields. The contest was part of IT security firm ESET’s 30-year anniversary celebration, which awarded $30,000 to nonprofits seeking funds to improve their community through technology and education.

University of San Diego Founders Gala and Saluting our Veterans is being held on November 11 at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on campus. Funds raised will support the Founders Endowed Scholarship Fund and establish a new, endowed scholarship fund dedicated to USD student veterans. Presenting sponsor is US Bank. Legacy Sponsors are Bartell Hotels and Coca-Cola. Maj. Gen. William M. Matz Jr. (Ret.) is Honorary Chair.


Joyce Glazer

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

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