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La Jolla Art & Wine Festival and BraveCort Brew Fest

San Diego Charity News for October 6

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

The Sixth Annual La Jolla Art & Wine Festival is scheduled for Oct. 11-12 with new additions, including a nightlife brew fest element and larger festival grounds. Located along Girard Ave, this juried art show and fundraiser has raised $340,000 to date for local area public schools to support underfunded programs at elementary and middle schools. New this year is Saturday night’s BraveCort Brew Fest benefiting local pediatric cancer research. The Festival is presented by Wells Fargo, U-T San Diego, Commission for Arts and Culture City of San Diego and La Jolla Village.

The New Children’s Museum was awarded a $145,000 grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services to be used for a groundbreaking two-year project that will engage the community in the creation of a permanent art installation entitled LAByrinth. The Museum will partner with artists and community organizations for a multi-phased collaborative effort, ending with a public unveiling of LABrinth in June of 2016.“This unique collaboration with artists and the community will enable us to discover new practices and approaches that we intend to document, institutionalize, and share,” said Julianne Markow, CEO and Executive Director of The New Children’s Museum.

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, MUFG Union Bank has partnered with KPBS to honor two exceptional Latinos as local heroes. The 2014 Hispanic Heritage Month honorees are: Myra Curiel, foster youth advocate, and Carmen Kcomt, legal advocacy program manager at La Maestra Foundation. They were recognized in September at a private dinner celebration with their families and executives from KPBS and Union Bank. Union Bank Managing Director Pierre P. Habis, head Consumer and Business Banking said,  “We’re honored to partner with KPBS as we celebrate all of the local heroes for their positive impact on our communities and world.”

Sulpizio Boys and Girls

Kids at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego kicked off the new school year with a meal delivery from Olive Garden. Baker in Escondido, Roberts Family in Linda Vista and Sulpizio Family in Poway branches were those receiving the lunch from Olive Garden. The BGCGSD joined 700 Clubs nationwide who were partnered with local Olive Garden restaurants to receive the afterschool pasta meal delivery on Sept. 22. The special delivery is part of a national partnership between Olive Garden and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), to kick off Olive Garden’s annual Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion. In addition to the special meal, Olive Garden is inviting guests to round up their checks to the nearest dollar and make a donation to support Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the seven-week Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion.

Bubble Up! Gala

The annual Bubble Up! Gala was held on Sept. 6 at Omni La Costa Resort and Spa. The $319,000 raised will support Ocean Discovery’s tuition-free science education and conservation programs which is being expanded to reach students in the underserved community of City Heights. Sponsors included aTyr Pharma; Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves, & Savitch; Cox Communications; Hughes Marino; San Diego Gas & Electric; Bumble Bee Foods; Recon, Boeing; Union Bank; NRG Energy; Bank of America; La Jolla Laser Clinic; Fou Films; Frequentz; and Waitt Foundation.


Tom Ham


The San Diego Rotary Club honored Tom Ham as the 2014 Mr. San Diego at its luncheon on Sept. 25.
Hom was the minority elected to the City Council in 1963. He has been the catalyst for the development of decent and affordable workforce housing, creating the Gaslamp District and the incorporation of the Western Metal Building as part of Petco Park. The Mr./Mrs. San Diego award has been in existence since 1952. The San Diego Rotary Club has selected an individual that has contributed outstanding community betterment to the region in various ways.






Rolf Benirschke


Rolf Benirschke, former San Diego Chargers placekicker, is being honored with the 2014 Guthrie Award at the San Diego Chapter of Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s 14th annual Celebration of Hope Gala.  Rolf is being honored for his consistent and generous support of the HD community.  The event is being held on Oct. 17 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. Presented by Qualcomm and the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, the goal is raise awareness about the devastating nature of HD while honoring those living with HD as well as those making a difference in the mission to find a cure.

NOTE: I will be away for a week and will not be posting Good News again until October 20, 2014.

Joyce GlazerJoyce Glazer

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

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