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ECS 90th Anniversary Gala 'Come Fly with Us'

San Diego Charity News for March 9, 2017

Episcopal Community Services 'Come Fly with Us' Gala

On Feb. 18 Episcopal Community Services held its 8th Water to Wine Gala at Allen Airways Flying Museum. The event, sponsored by Barney & Barney, The Society of St. Paul, The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, Bank of the West and Winfield Development, raised $110,000. The proceeds will benefit ECS Friend to Friend, a program for homeless adults with mental health disorders and ECS Para Las Familias, a mental health services program for young children. “This event was a great kick-off to our 90th birthday year,” said Lesslie Keller, CEO and Executive Director of ECS.

Guild Mortgage has established the Guild Giving Foundation to administer the company’s philanthropic and charitable giving initiatives in the communities it serves. Its first major commitment, Guild donated $116,000 to the Infinite Hero Foundation, which helps provide access to innovative rehabilitation programs that change the lives of disabled military veterans and their families. The funds will be used to purchase a wearable robotic exoskeleton from ReWalk Robotics, designed for individuals with spinal cord injury.

St. Baldrick's Shave-A-Thon

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation San Diego Chapter teamed up with The Commons for the annual Shave-A-Thon. San Diegans gathered at The Commons on Mar. 4 to shave their heads in the name of generating awareness, funding research for childhood cancer, and continuing to help survivors live long and healthy lives.

The San Diego Foundation granted $225,854 to nonprofits that will help enhance the quality of life for older adults and create communities where older adults can age in place, live affordably, and be full included and engaged in all aspects of daily life. Those receiving grants were Jewish Family Service ($70,000); Serving Seniors ($65,000); Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center ($60,854); and Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform ($30,000).

The Notables of San Diego Symphony Wine & Wears Chairs

The Notables of San Diego Symphony Co-chairs Linda Karimi and Ida Sandico-Whitaker, announced its annual Wine & Wears event being chaired by Julie Blosser and Paola Casale Middleton, is being held on Mar. 30 at Westgate Hotel who is also the primary sponsor. Other sponsors include Margarets the Couture Cleaner, The San Diego Foundation, Mission Federal Credit Union and Baja Wine Food. The event features live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, VIP lounge and silent auction. All proceeds support the San Diego Symphony’s music education programs.

La Jolla Music Society is holding its WinterFest Gala on Mar. 18 beginning with dinner at the Versaille Ballroom at The Westgate Hotel. A performance of Malandain Ballet Biarritz’s Beauty and the Beast will follow at San Diego Civic Theatre. The celebration will continue with an after-party back at The Westgate Hotel.

Aces for Health Golf & Tennis Tournament is being held on Mar. 27 at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club benefiting Champions for Health. The event includes a presentation of Health Heroes Awards. Sponsors are The Doctors Company, CKTFM&P, SHARP, Aldrich, Pettigrew, Genesis Healthcare and NeilDymott.

The 7th annual Finish Chelsea’s Run in honor of Chelsea King was held on Mar. 4 in Balboa Park. The run/walk is the primary fundraiser for the Chelsea’s Light Foundation Sunflower Scholarship Fund, providing scholarships for college-bound teens.

The fifth Bike4Mike charity cycling event is being held on Mar. 19 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Team Godfather Charitable Foundation is the beneficiary of the proceeds. The vision of the Foundation is to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). “Thanks a Million Party” will be held after the ride in celebration of Team Godfather surpassing its fundraising goal of $1 million.

Joyce Glazer

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

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