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Sharp Mary Birch Celebrates 25 Years

San Diego Charity News for June 5, 2017

Sharp Mary Birch 25th Anniversary

On May 25, Sharp Mary Birch held a 25th anniversary celebration luncheon at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine. Former First Lady of California was Honorary Chair. Lead sponsor Stemcyte presented a $170,000 check in support of the Sharp Mary Birch Neonatal Research Institute. An additional $110,000 was raised to support programs and services for women and newborns at Sharp Mary Birch. It was also announced that the Papa Doug and Geniya Manchester family donated $1 million to name the hospital’s Labor and Delivery Unit.

Reality Changers Malin Burnham Award

The San Diego Foundation received the Reality Changers Malin Burnham Award for Most Admired Foundation at an event on May 23. President & CEO Kathlyn Mead accepted the award on behalf of The San Diego Foundation. SDF was recognized for having the biggest impact on San Diego’s nonprofit community. The Foundation and its donors have granted $1 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region.

Pomela Flanigan of San Diego won the grand prize in the 13th annual Dream House Raffle. She receives her choice between $1.3 million paid as an annuity over 20 years or $900,000 as a one-time cash payment. The Raffle raised $3 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego to provide lodging, meals and emotional support for families who have children in a local hospital. Carol Nielsen of Oceanside, the second grand prizewinner, won her choice of a 2017 Mercedes-Benz S55 Cabriolet, a trip around the world or $125,000.

American Heart Association Heart and Stroke Ball

The American Heart Association held the 2017 Heart and Stroke Ball on May 13 at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina. The Heart Ignite Award was presented to Dr. Francisco Escobedo, Superintendent Chula Vista Elementary School District for his outstanding commitment to children’s health and education. The event, chaired by Gary and Stacy Cady, raised $300,000 to support research. Sponsors were Torrey Pines Bank and Bill Howe Plumbing.

New Children’s Museum

The New Children’s Museum was awarded a $50,000 grant from Target Corporation to fund discounted museum admission one Sunday per month. This is the 8th year Target has provided funds to the museum. Another $50,000 grant was awarded by ScholarShare, a long time partner who has funded programs and efforts at the museum. The sponsorship funds the museum’s Toddler Time Program providing facilitated toddler programming every Friday.

The 9th annual Miracle Babies 5K was held on May 7 at NtC Park at Liberty Station. The event raised a total of $100,000. Proceeds go towards the financial assistance program in San Diego. Miracle Babies unites families with their sick newborns through financial assistance and supportive services and to reduce pregnancy complications through prevention, education and research.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals has announced plans for the 2017 National Philanthropy Day brunch/luncheon to be held on November 14, 2017 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The event begins with registration at 10:30 a.m. followed by the brunch/luncheon at 11:30 and the program at 12:30 p.m. The call for nominations is open until June 16. Go to www.AFPSD.org to nominate a person in any one of the categories.

San Diego Invitational

The 14th annual San Diego Invitational for American Cancer Society was held on May 23 at La Jolla Country Club in La Jolla. The day was filled with golf, a cocktail reception, live auction and buffet dinner. Sponsored by Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, the event raised $170,000 for cancer research.

Joyce Glazer

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

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