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Jewish Family Services Heart and Soul Gala Presents 2014 Mitzvah Awards

San Diego philanthropy February 24

Jewish Family Services
Jewish Family Services

The Annual Heart & Soul Gala of Jewish Family Service of San Diego is being held on Mar. 9 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla.  This year’s theme, Believe in Love, celebrates the  2014 Mitzvah Award Honorees Carol and Rick Kornfeld for their commitment to providing opportunities to children through mentoring and caring support; and Karen Foster Silberman for her passion for women and teens living in a safe environment free of unhealthy relationships and abuse . A Special Tribute to remember Alice Cohn who was a supporter of the community and helped those facing hunger will also be a part of the program. The Gala is a major fundraise supporting the programs of JFS.

The Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla is one of four grantees to receive $800,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The funds will be used to conduct research on developmental neurotoxicity. The studies are focused on improving EPA’s ability to predict the potential health effects of chemical exposures. These awards are advancing the science and technological capability to model and predict how chemicals behave when they come into contact with biological systems.

The 2014 Victory Fund San Diego Champagne Brunch was held on Feb. 9 at the Catamaran Resort. Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona was the featured speaker. Sinema is a member of the federal LGBT caucus of eight. Other participants were interim Mayor Todd Gloria, Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins, Congressman Mark Takano and CFO/COO of the Victory Fund, Torey Carter along with local board member Mattheus Stephens. Funds raised will support the work of the Victory Fund.

Ronald McDonald House Raffle
Ronald McDonald House Raffle

The 10th Annual San Diego Dream House Raffle benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego is offering the most valuable grand prize to date with a 1-in-50 chance of winning a prize. The grand prize is a $4 million home in Rancho Santa Fe. The winner also has the option to take up to $2.1 million cash. Proceeds go to support the 47-bedroom facility for families in medical crisis at RMDHCSD.

LaDainian Tomlinson and Nick Novak of the San Diego Chargers along with Nick Noonan of the San Francisco Giants, have all committed to helping change the game on hunger by supporting TangoTab. “When you eat, they eat” is the motto of TangoTab, a social and philanthropic company that provides a free app to help feed appetites. Launching in San Diego on Feb. 26, TangoTab app provides consumers with free restaurant deals, and every time someone redeems an offer, TangoTab works with its non-profit partners to provide a meal to a person in need. Several San Diego restaurants have signed on to the TangoTab mission and will kick off on Feb. 26 at Bub’s @ The Ballpark.

James Avery
James Avery

The University of California, San Diego is hosting a tribute to James Avery, on Mar. 1 at theMandell Weiss Forum. Avery was an actor, poet and UC San Diego graduate in 1976. The event includes an afternoon of theater, live music, personal reflections and poetry readings in Avery’s honor.  Avery and his wife, Barbara established the James Avery Scholarship to support African American students studying performing arts at UC San Diego.

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center and the autism Research Institute is joining forces to further artistic ability in disabled adults. Kensington Gallery is hosting a celebratory Valentine’s Day party through Feb. 28 with a “Mazel Tov” and “Kitchen Kitsch” exhibition. The exhibitions feature pieces produced by Sophie’s artists with all works for sale and proceeds will benefit adults with developmental disabilities.

Joyce Glazer
Joyce Glazer

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

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