Mary Alice and Ron Brady Pledge Support for Boys and Girls Clubs of East County
San Diego Philanthropy January 13, 2014
The Boys and Girls Clubs of East County Foundation received a $3 million pledge from Mary Alice and Ron Brady, founders of The Brady Companies, bringing them halfway toward a goal of raising $8.9 million to be used to construct a new clubhouse in La Mesa, renovating an existing teen center and funding an endowment to operate both facilities. Anew clubhouse, to be located on the La Mesa Middle School campus, will be called the Brady Family Clubhouse and will feature The Academy, a learning center, a full-service kitchen and nutrition center, a separate “Little Rascals” area for 5-to-7 year olds and a gymnasium named for La Mesa native, Helix High alum and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton. The Brady donation will also help renovate an existing teen center in La Mesa to be renames the Brady Family Teen Center.
San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus donated $2,128 to The Glenner Memory Care Centers. The funds were collected at the Balboa Theatre during two performances of The Nutcracker on Dec. 14 and 15. The group also donated music and art supplies during a special donations drive during the year. The Glenner Memory Care Centers provides programs for those living with dementia.
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St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center received a $7,162 grant from the Legacy Endowment Community Foundation to be used to fund innovative programs that provide disabled individuals with an education, practical life skills and employment. The funds come from the Legacy Endowment’s Elisabeth Wilson Endowment Fund, which distributes annual grants benefiting programs for senior citizens and people with disabilities.
The Princess Project is collecting prom/formal dresses all through the month of January. Drop off locations are located around San Diego County, listed at www.princessprojectSD.org. The Princess Project promotes self-esteem and inner beauty by providing free prom dresses and accessories to high school girls who otherwise can’t afford them.
Opening ceremonies and a gala dinner for the Kyoto Prize Symposium will be held on Mar. 12 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Three high school students from San Diego and Tijuana who were awarded $10,000 scholarships by the Kyoto Prize Symposium will be in attendance at the gala. The Kyoto Prize laureates who were announced earlier in Japan are Ivan Sutherland, Ph.D., Advanced Technology; Yoshinori Ohsumi, Ph.D., Basic Science Gavatri Chakravorty Spivak, Arts and Philosophy.
Ashford University, in partnership with Cox Communications has awarded Homefront Heroes Scholarships to five military spouses in San Diego County. The scholarships were presented during the Home for the Holidays concert at Jacobs Music Center at Copley Symphony Hall on Dec. 19. The scholarships recognize the strength and support military spouses provide service members. The scholarship covers tuition and books to help partners of military men and women complete their education at Ashford University.
The 2014 Victory Fund San Diego Champagne Brunch is scheduled for Feb. 9 at the Catamaran Resort Hotel on Mission Bay. The featured speaker is Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona. She is a member of the federal LGBT caucus. The Victory Fund helps support LGBT candidates who in turn when elected help advance the movement and achieve equality.
The YMCA of San Diego County will honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 17 at the Town & Country Hotel. The Human Dignity Award Breakfast kickoff to King Day festivities throughout San Diego County started in the gymnasium of the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA 29 years ago. Cindy Marten, Superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District is the keynote speaker.
The Sycuan Bank of the Kumeyaay Nation sponsored the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s free annual Sycuan Family Holiday Party for people with MS as well as their family members and caregivers. The holiday party was held on Dec. 14 at the San Diego Community Concourse’s Golden Hall in Downtown San Diego. The party featured a brunch, entertainment and gifts for children delivered by Santa’s helpers.
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