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Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute Celebrates 40 Years

San Diego Charity News for November 28, 2016

Denny Sanford & Sue Prelonzni

Studio 40 – Where Disco Meets Discovery” was the theme for the 40th year of science on Nov. 5 at the Estancia Hotel. The $700,000 raised will go to local medical research in cancer, neurodegeneration and immunology at the Institute, and will help drug discoveries further along the pipeline to address unmet needs of patients.

American Cancer Society Soiree

The American Cancer Society Soiree was held on Nov. 3 at the US Grant Hotel. The event raised $157,000 and included a challenge paddle raise for $47,850 restricted to cancer research. The 2016 Celebration of Life Honoree Peter Seidler of San Diego Padres, spoke of his journey with cancer treatment. Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Indians was the Associate Sponsor and Celgene and San Diego Padres were mission sponsors.

Miracle Babies

The seventh annual Miracle Babies gala was held on Oct. 22 at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. The event raised $300,000 to support families with critically ill newborns in the NICU. Event sponsors included Tri-City Medical Center, Dr. Liza & Roger Norman, Manchester Financial Group, Knight Angels, Mirandon Family Foundation of Hope, AMN Healthcare, Union Bank and Mission Federal Credit Union.

AT&T contributed $30,000 to Veteran’s Association of North County in honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11. The contribution supports VANC’s Career Transition Assistance Program, which provides free workshops, training and coaching for military personnel re-entering the civilian job market and veterans who are currently unemployed or underemployed.

In celebration of American Indian Heritage Month, Union Bank and KPBS honored two local heroes. Joely Proudfit, associate professor/director at California Indian Culture & Sovereignty Center, Cal State University San Marcos and Randy Edmonds, founder and director, Indian Human Resource Center, will be recognized at a private dinner with their families and executives from KPBS and Union Bank. The program pays tribute to exemplary leaders who are making a difference and enriching the lives of others by improving their community.


ROMP Gala and Hoehn Motors Porsche raffle raised $556,698 to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. The event was held on Oct. 29 at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. James Frybarger, Jr. was the winner of Hoehn Motors Carlsbad donation of a 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster or $50,000 cash. Brian Cahill, chair of RMHCSD board, offered a $75,000 challenge grant which was matched by 15 people making $5,000 contributions each.

Deborah Szekely and Ken Weixel  were honored by United Way of San Diego County at a reception held on Nov. 2.  The James F. Mulvaney Community Leadership Award was presented to Szekely for her outstanding community leadership and volunteerism. The Volunteer of the Year Naish Award was presented to Ken Weixel for his contribution to United Way as a volunteer.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. donated $75,000 to Workshops for Warriors in honor of Veterans Day. The funding will allow WFW to provide Veterans with quality training and accredited STEM educational programs. “Veterans face significant challenges as they transition back to civilian life and focus on career development. We’re grateful to JPMorgan Chase for supporting our training program as we work to improve post-service lives,” said Hernàn Luis y Prado, founder of Workshop for Warriors.

Mission Federal Credit Union presented San Diego Food Bank with a $22,000 check on Nov. 1 which was raised in collaboration with Mission Fed branches/staff, members, and online donations, for the Hunger Awareness Month campaign. The campaign was in support of their Food 4 Kids Backpack Program. The funds raised will allow 110 kids to be covered for an entire school year and help end the cycle of poverty.

Students at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center donated 50 turkeys to the Salvation Army to help less fortunate individuals this holiday season. The students will also be purchasing 25 bicycles for the Toys for Tots program and sponsor a family for Salvation Army’s Adopt-a-Family Program. Funds used for the purchases come from profits earned at SDSC dance fundraisers.

Bank of America named Accion as its 2016 Neighborhood Builder winner for San Diego. They are recognized for creating economic opportunity for assisting low-to-moderate income business owners who lack access to traditional sources of credit. Neighborhood Builders is a strategic investment in communities that combines $200,000 in flexible funding with leadership training for high-performing nonprofits and their executives.

Joyce Glazer

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

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