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Mission Fed Community Relations Team Volunteers

San Diego Charity News for April 3, 2017

Mission Fed “Go Red for Women”

The Mission Fed Community Relations team raised $12,000 to benefit American Heart Association San Diego Division’s “Go Red for Women” campaign. Throughout January and February, Mission Fed collected donations through online donations and the 30 branches along with members and staff. The Go Red for Women was held on February 24 at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar and raised $370,000 for the fight against heart disease and stroke in women. UC San Diego Health was the cause sponsor. Other sponsors were Great Call, ImpediMed, and Toft Group Executive Search.

The S. Mark Taper Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego to provide lodging, meals and other services that help keep families close to one another and the care they need when their child is being treated for a serious, often life-threatening condition. “Private support is key to ensuring we can provide a place for families to take care of themselves, so they can care for their critically ill or injured children,” said Chuck Day, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego.

The Neonatal Research Institute at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns has been awarded a $2.9 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue research on umbilical cord milking and its benefits to premature babies. The grant, from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the NIH, will enable the NRI to lead a multicenter international trial analyzing outcomes of cord milking compared to delayed cord clamping in premature infants at nine sites, including three in other countries.

Sam's Birthday at the Botanic Gardens

Sam, the San Diego Botanic Garden’s Giant Galapagos Tortoise, celebrated his 53rd birthday in Sam’s yard. Garden friends from the San Diego Zoo’s reptile house and San Diego Scale Company helped bring in a scale to weigh Sam – 568 pounds. Julian Duval, president & CEO of San Diego Botanic Garden, brought Sam to San Diego from Chicago. Julian’s wife, Leslie Duval, wrote a Moonbeam Award winning book “Too Big To Lose” about Sam and his reunion with the Duval family after being apart for 40 years.

On March 16 Susan G. Komen San Diego hosted its 3rd annual dinner symposium, “Screens, Genes & The Choices We Make” moderated by Joan Lunden, breast cancer survivor. The event was held at the Del Mar Marriott Hotel and raised $210,000 to support Komen San Diego’s Mobile Mammography Coach. Every year Komen San Diego funds a mobile mammography coach to properly serve the women and men in communities throughout San Diego County.

Joan Lunden at Screens, Genes & The Choices We Make

The third ReStore located in National City, celebrated its grand opening on March 23. San Diego Habitat for Humanity ReStores are home improvement donation and resale centers that sell donated new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a reduced price. The funds raised are used to help build, rehabilitate and repair homes in partnership with low-income families in need of improved housing.

Women of Dedication co-chairs

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary held its 52 Women of Dedication luncheon on March 23. “Angels of Dedication” was chaired by Joye Blount, Jeri Rovsek and Delores McNeely and Betty and Mary Ann Beyster were the 2017 Honorary Chairs. The funds raised will support The Salvation Army programs including the Door of Hope, Homeless Outreach, Adult Rehabilitation Centers and Senior Nutrition sites. All programs provide for the neediest in San Diego County regardless of race, religion, sex or age.

Joyce Glazer

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

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