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2015 SPARK Gala raises $2.1 million for Cancer Center

San Diego Charity News for May 18


The 2015 SPARK Gala raised $2.1 million for UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. Proceeds will support the Cancer Center’s strategic initiatives: excellence in patient care, accelerating breakthroughs for the best possible treatments and cures, and patient-centered programs and services. CEO Paul Viviano matched fifty cents to each dollar raised during the raise-the-paddle. Those funds will help launch a new Cancer Immunotherapy Program at Moores Cancer Center. The 34th Annual Cancer Center Gala was held on Apr. 25 at the Grand Del Mar.

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support its Chollas Creek Gateways project. The grant will allow the Jacobs Center to work with artists and design teams to design concepts for artist gateways as a complement to the Chollas Creek Restoration project. The project supports City of San Diego and community planning efforts to revitalize the creek, which runs through southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods to the San Diego Bay.


AT&T volunteers worked with the American Heart Association on May 4 to help build an AHA Teaching Garden at Camarena Elementary in Chula Vista. The gardens are aimed at fighting childhood obesity so that students can get hands-on experience on what it means to be healthy. Children learn to plant seeds, nurture plants, harvest produce and discover the importance of healthy eating habits.


Holes for Heroes Military Appreciation via the San Diego Breakfast Rotary Foundation, has announced the 9th Annual golf outing and Military Tribute Dinner. The date is Sept. 18 at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club and will benefit wounded heroes, children and families of military, KIA and vets. The event has netted $700,000 to support military charities and humanitarian projects over the past nine years.

In the Company of Women benefiting YWCA of San Diego County is being held on May 21 at the Hilton Bayfront featuring Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning actress Camryn Manheim. Proceeds support women, children and families overcoming domestic violence and homelessness.  Sponsors include Sharp HealthCare, SDG&E, Solar Turbines, Qualcomm and UTC Aerospace Systems.

The Cygnet by the Sea Gala raised $175,000 to support Cygnet Theatre’s work presenting theatre and educational programs. The event was held at the Marine Room on Apr. 19. The event sponsor was Leonard Hirsh and was chaired by Lynne Thrope.

Food Bank

The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank 2015 Gala Foodtasia: Hail to the Chefs Gala was held on May 2. The event was held at the Food Bank’s warehouse in Miramar. The total net amount raised was $227,000.Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians was the title sponsor.

The San Diego Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals is now accepting nominations to receive recognition on National Philanthropy Day. This year’s event is set for Nov. 9 at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront. The AFP San Diego Chapter annually recognizes individuals and organizations whose philanthropic achievements have made an impact in the San Diego region, Imperial County and Tijuana.  There are seven nomination categories including Outstanding Philanthropist and Outstanding Youth/Student Volunteer. Deadline for nominations is June 5.

 gap intelligence

The 3rd annual “Drives for Rides” golf tournament hosted by gap intelligence was held on May 1 at the Riverwalk Golf Club. A total of $40,000 was raised to help fund over three months of Emilio Nares Foundation’s flagship program that ensures no child misses a cancer treatment due to lack of transportation. “Families using ENF’s services inspire us to always want to do more, raise more money, volunteer more hours, anything it takes to accelerate these vital resources,” said Gary Peterson, founder and president of gap intelligence.


Bill Griffiths, retired KGTV Channel 10 newscaster, is the Celebration of Life Honoree to be recognized at American Cancer Society’s 7th Annual Discovery Celebration Gala. Griffiths, a male breast cancer and melanoma survivor, retired after a 45-year career in broadcasting. The Gala is being held on May 31 at the US Grant Hotel and Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation is the Major Sponsor of the event.

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