October 11, 2012


SD Foundation awards more than half a million to environmental nonprofits

The San Diego Foundation has approved a total of $650,888 in grants to 20 environmental nonprofit organizations in the San Diego region, according to a release.

The individual grants that encompass climate, land and water use, and clean environment initiatives, range in size from $9,600 to $45,000. A few of the grantees include Anza-Borrego Foundation, Groundwork San Diego ó Chollas Creek, Outdoor Outreach, The Escondido Creek Conservancy, The San Diego River Park Foundation and WalkSanDiego.

The grants will support projects such as: creation of access to parks for low-income children, cleanup and restoration of creeks and rivers that make their way toward area beaches, creation of community gardens, natural area conservation, development of school/community parks, trips to enjoy the outdoors for underserved youth, air pollutant data gathering, and development of street committees to advocate for walkability and bike paths throughout the region.

Golf classic to raise funds for McAlister Institute

A golf classic hosted by The McAlister Institute will help raise funds for the local nonprofit to continue to provide for the care and treatment of individuals and families suffering from addiction and homelessness.

The event will take place Tuesday at The Crosby Club in Rancho Santa Fe, according to a release. Check-in is at 10 a.m., with a shotgun start beginning at noon, followed by cocktails at 5 and dinner at 5:30.

Individual player cost is $250, and the price for the evening banquet alone is $50. Entrée fee includes golf event, tee prizes, gift bag, golf shirt, lunch and cocktail mixer.

All of Butterfly Ball's proceeds to benefit Fresh Start Surgical Gifts

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, a San Diego nonprofit that provides no-cost reconstructive procedures to children born with physical deformities, will be hosting its 2012 Butterfly Ball benefit on Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine. Attendees can enjoy Neil Diamond cover band Super Diamond, live and silent auctions, and presentations by Fresh Start patients and staff, according to a release.

All of the Butterfly Ball's proceeds, which will help transform the lives of children both in the United States and internationally, will go directly to Fresh Startís medical programs. Individual tickets are $275 and can be bought at

Six to seven times per year, Fresh Start organizes a Surgery Weekend, in which 80-100 individuals provide reconstructive plastic surgery, reconstructive dental surgery, laser treatments and speech therapy to disadvantaged young people. Surgery Weekends are held at the Fresh Start Clinic at Rady Childrenís Hospital in San Diego.

Feeding America SD fundraiser to feature Larry King, Sheryl Crow

Feeding America San Diego will host community leaders, philanthropists and humanitarians at its inaugural fundraising gala on Saturday in La Jolla, along with Master of Ceremonies Larry King and a performance by nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow.

All of the funds raised by the “Sunset Soirée” will go directly to programs at Feeding America San Diego, according to a release. Through key partnerships with corporate partners, food donors, grocery stores and the national member network, Feeding America San Diego provides six meals for every dollar donated.

Contact Diane Woerner at 858-452-3663, ext.127, for tickets, tables and sponsorship information. Individual tickets cost $500.

Foundation raises $15,000 for Del Sur Elementary School

On Sept. 21, 103 golfers participated in the Del Sur Educational Foundationís third annual “Fore the Kids Golf Scramble,” raising $15,000 for Del Sur Elementary School, according to a release.

The event, which took place at Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort & Spa located in San Diego, generates additional funding for school science programs, such as the Engineering is Elementary program, as well as Impact Teachers, who improve the teacher-student ratio and provide students with a greater learning environment.

In order to contribute additional funding to key programs at Del Sur Elementary School, parents and community volunteers launched the Del Sur Educational Foundation in 2009. Later this year, the foundation will launch its “Make an Impact” campaign. For more information about the foundation and its upcoming events, visit


October 11, 2012