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NTC Receives a $1 Million Naming Gift

San Diego Charity News for February 29

Dorothea Laub NTC

Dorothea Laub has made a $1 million gift to Dance Place San Diego, which will now be called Dorothea Laub Dance Place in her honor.
"We are extremely grateful to Dottie Laub and the Laub family for their continued and generous support of this community project," said NTC Foundation Executive Director Alan Ziter. !

 "I'm happy to continue to contribute to the growth of this local treasure and help set an example of the kind of support that can be provided and is needed to sustain a vibrant Arts District of this caliber for San Diego," said Dottie Laub. Dottie and her late husband Dick Laub have been supporters of the project since its inception in 2000. Most recently, the historic NTC Command Center, the iconic building at the center of the former Naval Training Center, was renamed the Dick Laub NTC Command Center thanks to a one-time $1.5 million donation from the Laub Family.


Jerome’s Furniture Stores in San Diego has donated furnishings to the USO San Diego valued at $2,800. Jim Navarra, Senior Vice President,  Jerome’s Furniture, stated, “Jerome’s is very happy to support USO San Diego and add some additional comfort to those whom it serves.” Arne Nelson, CEO of USO San Diego said “The USO San Diego Downtown Center, open 365 days a year, supported over 27,000 military personnel in 2015. Due to the large amount of programs hosted at the Downtown Center, like weekly Tuesday Night Dinners supporting up to 215 people, our furniture gets a lot of use.”

The San Diego Financial Literacy Center received a $28,000 contribution from the Foundation for Financial Planning to assist with the creation of the Financial Education Alliance of San Diego. The alliance will bring together 9 local organizations who will provide financial empowerment and resources to hundreds of at-risk and low-income residents, through six free events around San Diego County where they can meet with volunteer certified financial planners in a one-on-one setting. 

Girl Scouts San Diego has announced this year’s Cool Women who will be celebrated at a luncheon on Mar. 1. Betty Beyster and Mary Ann Beyster will be recognized along with Darcy Bingham, Debra Reed, Erica Ollmann Saphire and Ashley Nell Tiption. They are all being recognized as exemplary women whose personal and professional lives make them consummate role models for girls. Cool Girl Elizabeth Hosie will also be recognized.  The event is being co-chaired by Joye Bunt and Julia Brown.

In celebration of Black History Month, Union Bank has partnered with KPBS to honor two local heroes. The honorees are Makeda Marianne Cheatom, founder, director and CEO of WorldBeat Cultural Center; and Marc Chery, librarian at the San Diego Public Library. They will be recognized at a private dinner celebration with their families and executives from KPBS and Union Bank.  "Union Bank is proud to partner with KPBS to recognize the vision, devotion and determination of these local heroes," said Pierre P. Habis, Head of Union Bank’s Consumer and Business Bank. “We celebrate their commitment to improving and positively impacting our community.”

La Jolla Playhouse

La Jolla Playhouse is holding its annual Gala on on Mar. 19 beginning with cocktails in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre Lobby. Proceeds will support the Playhouse’ Education and Outreach initiatives, as well as its New Play Development programs, such as Page To Stage, DNA New Work Series, the Without Walls program and artist commissions. The event is being chaired by Debby and Hal Jacobs and will feature a concert by David Bryan. Lead sponsors include Qualcomm, Van Cleef & Arpels and Merrill Lynch.

Joyce Glazer

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

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