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Innovation Night at La Jolla Playhouse raises $200,000

San Diego Charity News for December 8

Innovation Night - La Jolla Playhouse

La Jolla Playhouse held its seventh annual Innovation Night on Nov. 12 raising a total of $200,000. The event was presented by Qualcomm and DonorNation. Lead Sponsors were BioMed Realty and Cooley LLP. Co-Host Sponsors included Barney & Barney, BioPensions, Cushman & Wakefield, Merck & Co, Pfizer, ResMed, Sanofi, Torrey Pines Bank  and Forward Ventures. Innovation Night brings together leaders from San Diego’s bio-tech, high-tech and associated industries. The event supports the Playhouse’s new play development and Education and Outreach programs.

Dawn Leeds and Ken Sanger - Casa de Amparo

Casa De Amparo’s 16th Annual Crystal Ball Gala was held on Nov. 1 at the Del Mar Country Club raising $300,000 to support the programs for Casa Kids. Former Casa client Yadira Menendez Yadira shared her story of overcoming the trauma of abuse and drug addiction. She grew up in an abusive home and started taking drugs as a teen. Five of her children were removed from her care and placed in foster care. Yadira completed a residential family treatment program and participated in Casa’s Family Visitation program and eventually became clean and sober and was able to get her youngest daughter back.

Over the Edge - Papa Doug Manchester & Stephanie Brown

On Nov. 1 Over the Edge for Brain Cancer was held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt to raise funds to end brain cancer. Participants rappelled 365 ft. over the Manchester Grand Hyatt, the city’s tallest waterfront hotel. Among the 82 participants for the two-day event were Papa Doug Manchester and Stephanie Brown. The Rick Oehme Foundation was the presenting sponsor. Others included the Manchester Grand Hyatt, U-T San Diego, Heritage Senior Care, Brian Bash, The Case Foundation, Genentech, The Tug McGraw Foundation and Mesa Rim Climbing and Fitness Center were sponsors. The $207,000 raised will go for Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure to be directed to San Diego-based brain cancer research.

Anna Quindlen, novelist and journalist, was the featured speaker at the 11th Annual  Words Alive Author’s Luncheon, The Next Chapter on Nov. 13. Quindlen discussed her latest novel Still Life With Bread Crumbs at the event which was held at San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina. Sponsors of the luncheon included Gurtin Fixed Incom, AT&T, US Bank, Tyson & Mendes, Fisch Spiegler & Ginsburg and Author Bridge. Proceeds benefit Words Alive’s mission of changing the lives of children and families in our community by fostering a love of reading.

Mama’s Kitchen, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Reality Changers, The Emilio Nares Foundation and the New Children’s Museum are among the charities receiving minor grants of up to $20,000 from Las Patronas in December 2014. Major grant beneficiaries who will receive more than $20,000 funded out of the proceeds of Jewel Ball 2015 Magnifique, include Alpha Project for the Homeless, Arc of San Diego, Living Coast Discovery Center and Old Globe Theatre. All of the major grant beneficiaries will receive their funding in January 2016.

Toys for Neighborhood Housing - Torrey Pines Bank

Torrey Pines Bank presented The Neighborhood House Association with a $50,000 check as part of their 100 years of service at an event held at the University Club. The Bank also collected toys, clothing and other items for seniors and children to be donated to The Neighborhood House Association. The NHA year-long celebration included a Gala commemorating a century of building healthy families and communities on Nov. 8 at the San Diego Convention Center.

La Jolla Community Foundation

La Jolla Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $35,000 on Nov. 20 at a ceremony at Madison Gallery. The inaugural grants from LJCF, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, will increase knowledge and application of the arts and science in La Jolla. The programs funded include: La Jolla Family Science Nights program by Reuben H. Fleet Science Center; 2015 Performance Outreach Program Tour by La Jolla Playhouse, and Beach Physics & BEWISE programs by UC San Diego-Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination.

Joyce GlazerJoyce Glazer

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