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Monday Morning Good News: August 19

"Good News" about San Diego non-profits and businesses doing good for your community

ArtReach workshop
ArtReach workshop

Party ARTy for ArtReach will celebrate its 5th anniversary on Sept. 15 at the Carlson residence in Del Mar. ArtReach takes professional artists into K-6 classrooms throughout San Diego County to provide unique stardards-based, sequential visual art education workshops with an emphasis on providing free workshops to schools with no or scant art resources. “In 2008 we began ArtReach with one pilot workshop. We worked with one school and about 400 kids. Since then, we have worked with thousands of students teaching art skills while helping youngsters gain confidence and practice creative thinking,” said Executive Director Judy Berman Silbert.

The Moyer Foundation has partnered with San Diego Youth Services to launch Camp Mariposa San Diego. The camp is an overnight camp for children affected by a family member’s addiction. The goal is to give children the tools they need to break the cycle of addiction in their families. Sempra Energy and Union Bank have each pledged $10,000 in support of Camp Mariposa San Diego, and six school districts throughout the area are joining the Sherriff’s Department in its efforts to raise community awareness of addiction issues and the need for preventative initiatives. San Diego will be the fifth Camp Mariposa location nationwide.

AT&T presented a check for $15,000 to the Veteran’s Association of North County. The donation will help fund the Career Transition Assistance Program. The program is a month-long class which focuses on preparing local active military and unemployed veterans for today’s civilian job market. "Veterans are often the most talented, mature, and experienced people showing up to job interviews. However, it is often challenging for them to find employment in the civilian workforce,” said Chuck Atkinson, President VANC.

Guardians of San Diego’s 22nd Annual Golf & Tennis Tournament presented by the William Gumpert Foundation raised $167,000 to benefit the Resident Assistance Fund at Seacrest Village Retirement Communities. The event was held on July 29 at The Del Mar Country Club.

The Theresa & Edward O’Toole Foundation gave a $100,000 grant to St. Madeleine’s Sofie Center to be used for core programming. According to Debra Emerson, St. Madeleine's Chief Executive Officer, "we were absolutely delighted to receive this incredibly generous gift from the O'Toole Foundation. This is the second time that they have provided significant funds. We were thrilled that they chose to once again support our work."

Fore the Kids Casa Golf Tournament held on July 19 at the Twin Oaks Golf Course in San Marcos raised $50,000 for Casa de Amparo's programs and services helping children, youth and families affected by or at risk of child abuse or neglect.  Tournament sponsors included FDR Construction, Grant General Contractors, Wells Fargo, Bassett, be.group, Sony Computer Entertainment American, and McCarthy Construction.

Volunteers of America
Volunteers of America

Representatives from Best Best & Krieger donated and delivered 350 backpacks on Aug. 7 to help families in need. This effort is a part of Operation Backpack, a volunteer  collection drive held nationwide that helps provide school supplies to children of low-income families. BB&K staff and attorneys gathered the backpacks and school supplies over the last two months in support of strengthening families served through the Volunteers of America. 

Duane Roth, CEO of Connect will be honored posthumously at La Jolla Playhouse’s Sixth Annual Innovation Night to be held on Nov. 20. Duane was the go-to man on any issue related to the continued development of San Diego’s preeminence in the high-tech and bio-tech industries and established a lasting legacy that celebrates our region’s flourishing culture of innovation on both the sciences and the arts. The event is being presented by Qualcomm. Partners include BioMed Realty, Cooley and DonorNation, with the support of Co-Host Sponsors Domain Associates, Merck & Co, Mission Partners, Pfizer, ResMed and Sanofi.

Joyce Glazer
Joyce Glazer

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

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