On October 10, Nordstrom hosted and underwrote a gala benefitting foster children served by Promises2Kids and Voices for Children. David and Patsy Marino, co-chairs of the event, along with members of the Nordstrom family, greeted 1,400 guests as they arrived to enjoy cocktails, savory bites, and shopping while touring the newly relocated store. The event raised $140,000 for the nonprofits.
Winward Academy donated $15,000 to the La Jolla Art and Wine Foundation. The funds will benefit underfunded programs including art, music, science, physical education, technology, and on-site medical care at four San Diego Unified elementary and middle schools. The academy is an online tutoring platform providing personalized ACT, SAT, math, and college preparation courses to students and life-long learners.
The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy held its 8th Annual River Valley Fest, "Coast to Crest and Beyond," on October 8 at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. Proceeds will go toward the conservancy’s conservation, education, and recreation programs. Roland and Loreen Welhelm were recognized for their gift in 1998 of 200 acres of property in the San Felipe Valley, which was recently sold to the Bureau of Land Management for $190,000.
The Women’s Museum of California held its annual benefit dinner on October 14 at Liberty Station. The event raised $25,000 to fund exhibits and educational programs for the museum. The 2018 exhibiting includes the history of women marches, women in military, California women’s clubs, and the LGBT movement.
The Grossmont Healthcare District awarded a $202,500 grant to the Grossmont Union High School District in support of the GHD Health Career Pathways Initiative. The grant will provide curriculum materials, support, and instruction for high school students interested in pursuing healthcare careers during the 2017-2018 school year. The GHD board also approved a $50,000 grant to support the Challenge Center, La Mesa, to help its physically challenged clients receive services regardless of their ability to pay. The grant will provide direct patient services for clients as well as pay for the purchase and maintenance of specialized equipment.
Angels Foster Family Network received a $5,000 grant from the Sundt Foundation. The funds will be used to recruit, train, and approve additional families to foster young children ages newborn to 5. The grant was part of $12,000 in contributions made to Southern California charities. Other San Diego organizations receiving grants were $3,000 to Challenged Athletes Foundation and $1,000 to San Diego Humane Society for its PAWS program.
San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, Inc. held its annual Justice for All Celebration on September 14 at the San Diego Natural History Museum. The event raised over $240,000 in support of civil legal assistance for low-income and disadvantaged San Diegans. Event sponsors included Judicate West, The Morrison & Foerster Foundation, Procopio, Sempra Energy, and Sheppard Mullin. This year’s award recipients were Kevin D. Bush, Esq. of Cozen O’Connor; Dilkhwaz Ahmed, Executive Director of License to Freedom; and Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton for Outstanding Law Firm.
Volunteers of America Southwest held its 18th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic on September 18 at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo. The $94,000 raised will benefit homeless and disabled veterans, adults with addiction and mental health challenges. Sponsors included Sysco, MediExcel, RezCare Pharmacy, and California Bank & Trust.
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