September 27, 2012


Mama's Kitchen gets baking with eighth annual pie fundraiser

Mamaís Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that delivers healthy meals at no cost to San Diego men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS or cancer, will present its eighth annual Mama’s Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving Bake Sale beginning Monday.

The fundraiser, which lasts through Nov. 21, offers fresh pumpkin, pecan, apple and no-sugar-added apple pies for $20 each, and all proceeds from pie sales go directly into funding thousands of free, nutritious Mamaís Kitchen meals. The nonprofit hopes to sell more than 6,000 pies during the six-week sales period, which will raise $125,000 and fund more than 41,000 meals, according to a release. 

Pies can be purchased online via or by calling 619-233-6262. Mamaís Pie in the Sky volunteers will deliver the pies to more than 20 sites throughout San Diego County for pickup Nov. 21.

Teenage burn victims to share stories at fundraising dinner

Three adolescent girls who suffered severe burns will share their stories during a fundraising dinner at a private residence in the San Diego area on Oct. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m., according to a release.

Katie, Adriana and Larisa were involved in separate tragedies and recently participated in the Angel Faces program, a weeklong retreat that allows teenage girls to work closely with experts, meet other girls facing similar struggles and learn to use new tools that will help them become more confident.

Angel Faces is a national nonprofit organization, headquartered in Encinitas, whose mission is to provide healing retreats and ongoing support for adolescent girls with burn/trauma injuries to achieve their optimum potential and develop meaningful relationships for themselves, their families and their communities. In addition to art therapy and private, corrective-cosmetic sessions, the program provides licensed therapists to help the girls with strategies to handle staring and teasing.

SD nonprofit wins grant to help San Bernardino confront crime

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded San Diego-based nonprofit The Institute for Public Strategies a $1 million grant to help communities confront neighborhood-level crime in the city of San Bernardino, according to a release.

The instituteís effort will focus on reducing criminal activity around selected hot spots of alcohol outlets and residential properties, according to institute founder and CEO James Baker.

The city of San Bernardino is struggling with a variety of issues, including a high crime rate, high gang and parolee populations, and a high murder rate.

The grant is part of more than $11 million in funding distributed to 15 target communities across the nation. With funding administered through the DOJís new Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program, the work will target locations or neighborhoods with significant levels of crime, compared to the overall municipality.

Women's Foundation to host informational event

The San Diego Womenís Foundation's “Get to Know SDWF” event on Oct. 4 will give other women the chance to join its more than 200 members, each committed to creating an even better San Diego for future generations.

The event will provide all San Diego women the opportunity to mingle with members, learn about the foundation and its model of pooled philanthropy, and hear the story of one community partner making a difference thanks to foundation funding, according to a release. The featured partner, Playwrights Project, advances literacy, creativity and communication by empowering individuals to voice their stories through playwriting programs and theater productions.

“Get to Know SDWF” will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The San Diego Foundation, 2508 Historic Decatur Road in Point Lomaís Liberty Station. Participants are asked to RSVP to Tracy Johnson at or 619-235-2300.


September 27, 2012