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Make-a-Wish San Diego Announces President's Circle

San Diego Charity News for February 22

Helene and George Gould

Helene and George Gould are inaugural founders of the President’s Circle of Make-A-Wish San Diego. The Goulds have pledged a $250,000 matching gift that will allow all gifts from new donors to have twice the impact on wishes for kids with life-threatening medical conditions. Donors who contribute $50,000 or more will join the Goulds in the President’s Circle. “When Make-A-Wish San Diego told us about their goal to be able to reach each and every child in our great city, we were compelled to make a difference in the lives of these children,” said Hélène Gould.

 Conrad Prebys and Debbie Turner were honored at the Boys & Girls Clubs of East County’s 50th annual Children’s Ball which was held on Feb. 20 at the Omni San Diego Hotel. The theme for the evening was “Conrad’s Supper Club.” Prebys and Turner were sponsors for the event. They were recognized for the commitment to the youth of East County.

San Diego Museum of Art, a collaborative project of the Museum, the City of San Diego and the local community, unveiled Art of the Open Air on Feb. 11-13 on Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama. The exhibition which includes works of art by Auguste Rodin, Joan Miro, and Tony Rosenthal, have been in storage due to limited exhibition space. The Museum has raised $250,000 to be used for funding conservation, installation, security and lighting for the sculptures.

Ed Luce check presentation

Ed Luce, a volunteer with the Farmers Insurance Open, raised $10,000 for Voices for Children through the tournament’s Volunteer Challenge competition. Tournament volunteers recruited votes for their charity of choice and Luce won by 8 votes. On behalf of The Century Club of San Diego and Astellas Pharma, he presented the check to VFC which allows VFC to recruit, train, and supervise more CASA volunteers to advocate for the rights and wellbeing of foster children in San Diego County.

Jewish Family Service of San Diego opened its new campus on Jan. 31 with a dedication to Joan and Irwin Jacobs for their 20 years of championing the agency, and celebration for all of the capital campaign donors who made the Campus possible.  The ceremony marked the completion of a four-year-long, $11 million project to bring together employees, programs, and services into two neighboring buildings of Balboa Ave. “The Joan & Irwin Jacobs campus is intentionally designed as a reflection of our principles of being client-centered, promoting collaboration, and improving our ability to deliver life-changing services,” said JFS CEO Michael Hopkins.

Joe Austin, Principal, Hoover High School and Ed Hidalgo, Senior Director, Government Affairs, Qualcomm, are the guest speakers at the United Way Women’s Leadership Council Impact Meeting. The date is Feb. 25 at Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab on Oberlin Dr. The topic will be how WLC’s $142,000 investment in Early Grade Literacy and Science, Technology, Education & Math programs are critical to children’s educational success.

Mitchell Thorp Foundation

The Mitchell Thorp Foundation 5K raised $150,000 for families with children with life-threatening illnesses and diseases. Sponsors included Caruso Affiliated, Independent Financial Group, Avista Technologies, Datron and nrg. The activities included  the Kid Ventures Obstacle Course, presented by the San Diego Gulls, music by the Dr. Dr. Band and a jump from the sky by Three ex-Navy Seals.

Joyce Glazer

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

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