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Monday Morning Good News: January 28

San Diego Wine Affair
San Diego Wine Affair

The 2013 San Diego Opera season is being presented by Conrad Prebys and Debbie Turner in appreciation of their $500,000 donation. This contribution succeeds another gift that Conrad and Debbie made last year; a $1 million gift to underwrite Renee Fleming in concert. “San Diego Opera is grateful to Conrad and Debbie for this magnificent contribution which comes at a critical time for the Company as we approach our 50th anniversary. Their leadership and support at the highest level is a true testament to their commitment to San Diego Opera and to the survival of arts and culture for all San Diegans,” said Ian Campbell, San Diego Opera’s Artistic and General Director. The season opened on January 26 with the 2013 Gala – A Grand Soiree Celebrating The Daughter of the Regiment.

The Manchester Grand Hyatt announced a $15,000 grant to Mama’s Kitchen. The grant will benefit Mama’s Kitchen’s Senior Cancer Project and will ensure continuation of the Manchester Grand Hyatt’s two-year partnership with Mama’s Kitchen. The organization delivers three meals a day, for every day of the year, free of charge to more than 570 men, women and children affected by AIDS or cancer in San Diego County. “The Manchester Grand Hyatt is thrilled to give back to the city of San Diego through Hyatt Thrive and our continued partnership with Mama's Kitchen," said John Schafer, Vice President Managing Director of the Manchester Grand Hyatt, “We are delighted to help make a difference in our community through such an important and meaningful organization."

Peggy Elliott was the winner of the Heart of Gold Award presented by Grossmont Hospital Foundation. Peggy’s late husband, Dr. Gladden Elliott, was a Founding Member and the first chair of Grossmont Hospital Foundation Board in 1985. She was chosen for this award for her exceptional dedication to Sharp Grossmont Hospital and her continuous support of the Grossmont Hospital Foundation with several donations since 1983. “Peggy’s loyal support over the years has had a cumulative impact on our ability to provide excellent care to the community,” said Beth Morgante, Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Grossmont Hospital Foundation.

Rides & Smiles
Rides & Smiles

Five San Diego County families will receive free solar panels for their homes as a result of a successful 2012 Solar Holiday Drive, led by Sullivan Solar Power. Sullivan partnered with GRID Alternatives to provide low-income families that may not otherwise have access, with free solar panels for their homes. As part of the partnership, Sullivan Solar Power team members volunteer their time to assist the GRID Alternatives team with the donated projects.

Rides & Smiles, a program of Jewish Family Service’s On the Go: Transportation Solutions for Older Adults program, expanded into Carmel Valley due to grants from New Freedom Federal Funds and a TransNet Senior Mini Grant. The grants were awarded and are monitored by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). Since its expansion, 615 rides have been provided to senior residents for medical appointments, grocery shopping, and other life necessities in the North County Inland area. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer driver may call (858) 637-3051.

Joyce Glazer
Joyce Glazer

The 3rd annual San Diego Wine Affair benefiting Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 6pm at the picturesque Estancia La Jolla (9700 N. Torrey Pines Rd). The event is being hosted by the Cabrillo Advisors Foundation. Several of California’s finest wineries will be participating including August West Winery (Sonoma), Vineyard 29 (Napa Valley), and Keefer Ranch (Russian River Valley).

Please send items of interest to Joyce Glazer at JoyceG@sandiegomagazine.com.

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