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Carlsbad Education Foundation – Enriching the education of Carlsbad Unified School District students

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Hanaa Zahran at Carlsbad Education Foundation’s golf tournament

Congratulations to Carlsbad Educational Foundation for a successful 17th annual Carlsbad Golf Classic, a benefit for the Foundation and for students of the Carlsbad Unified School District. Funds raised are directed to music and STEM programs at the 14 District schools.

Regents Bank was proud to sponsor this great event, which included not just a golf tournament, but also a buffet-style dinner, silent auction, raffle prizes and live music by the Naked Saturdays Band. Raffle participants tried their luck at winning the grand prize of a week-long vacation to Poipu Beach, Kauai or the first prize of a one-week vacation to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Other raffle prizes included hotel stays, meals, dinners, entertainment and a chance to be in the audience at Wheel of Fortune.

Carlsbad Education Foundation has been a Regents Bank client for years. In addition to its annual golf tournament, we also support its annual Pedal for a Purpose event, a stationary bike-a-thon that raises tens of thousands of dollars for the school district.

Carlsbad Education Foundation is a unique 501(C)3 organization. Every donation is put directly into the Carlsbad Unified School District schools because of the Foundation’s earned income, revenue generating programs.

These programs include:

  • Kids’ Care – a Foundation-managed before-and-after-school licensed childcare program at every District elementary school.
  • SOAR – a Foundation-managed after-school licensed childcare and enrichment program for middle school students.
  • Summer Enrichment – half-day student enrichment programs offered by the Foundation throughout summer
  • High School Summer Academy – a Foundation-operated, accelerated summer school program for high school students to earn advancement credits

Parents and business leaders started Carlsbad Education Foundation 30 years ago. Its earliest fundraising effort supported a high school library. Today, the nearly 11,000 students of Carlsbad Unified School District benefit from weekly music instruction with new musical instruments, hands-on science programs and extra enrichment programs like Junior Achievement’s BizTown, the Lux Art Institute’s “Valise Project,” an iPad Pilot Project and more.

We look forward to our continued partnership with this dynamic organization. To learn more about how you can help Carlsbad Education Foundation support Carlsbad Unified School District students, visit carlsbaded.org.screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-11-07-51-am

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Grandpoint Bank donates $10,000 to U.S. Vets

U.S. Vets intranetMembers of our Grandpoint Bank family, which includes Regents Bank, recently toured the Long Beach campus of U.S. Vets, an organization dedicated to helping veterans and their families make a successful transition to civilian life by providing housing, counseling, career development and comprehensive support. Our visit included the presentation of a $10,000 donation to the organization.

According to U.S. Vets, about 50,000 vets in our nation are homeless – men and women who have served valiantly for our country and now find themselves sleeping on the streets.

“Beyond the essentials, what I saw during our visit is that U.S. Vets is giving veterans back their self-respect,” says Darlene Esquerra, Senior Vice President & Community Development Office of Grandpoint Bank. “Everyone is treated with kindness by staff members and volunteers, who, in many cases, have had the same experiences as the veterans.”

U.S. Vets is the largest organization of its kind addressing the needs of homeless and at-risk veterans and their families in the U.S. Their Long Beach facility is located on 25 acres of former Naval housing and offers a variety of permanent and transitional housing – including a building for women veterans with up to two children and housing for homeless vets — dining facilities, community center, clinic, classrooms, recreational facilities and even an urban forest where residents can pick fruits and vegetables.

“Grandpoint Bank’s support of our programs across Southern California makes it possible for us to fill the gaps and really meet the unique needs of each one of the veterans we serve,” said Laney Kapgan, Vice President of Development and Communications for U.S. Vets. “With more service men and women coming home than ever before, this investment will help us continue to expand not only housing but also key employment and mental health programs for our veterans.”

Grandpoint was introduced to U.S. Vets through our Executive Vice President and CCO Mark Phillips, who struck up a conversation with U.S. Vets National Director of Programs, Larry Williams, on an airplane. Mark was so impressed with the program, he referred the information for consideration as a Grandpoint Bank Community Reinvestment Act-qualified donation. The rest, as they say, is history.

You can find more information about U.S. Vets on their website usvetsinc.org.

We’re proud to salute U.S. Vets for helping so many vets and their families, and we thank all the members of our armed services, past and present, for their dedication and selflessness.

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Helping build careers in construction

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We are proud to support many terrific, non-profit organizations in the communities we serve. Recently, we had an opportunity to present a scholarship check from Women’s Construction Coalition (WCC) San Diego to a Patrick Henry High School student, Adrianna, who hopes to pursue a career in construction. We were given this honor because of a grant we made to WCC to support the work they do affirming and sustaining the professionalism and success of women throughout the San Diego construction industry.

Specifically, we asked that our donation be used to help fund educational events for female students in low- to moderate-income schools to gain knowledge about the construction industry and also to support WCC’s Julia Morgan Society clubs. The purpose of the clubs is to mentor high school girls and boys and expose them to careers in construction, architecture and engineering.

Our executive vice president and regional manager Darla Clark presented the scholarship check during an installment of WCC’s Leadership Seminar, which featured a talk from Nancy Novak, who served as national vice president of operations for Balfour Beatty before recently joining Compass Datacenters. Nancy, who flew out from Texas for the event, has a national reputation for her work advancing opportunities and support for women in construction and technology.

Nancy shared some valuable insight at the event about closing the gender leadership gap, saying, “If we can figure out how to close the gap between potential versus credential, we will have made good progress in advancing women into leadership positions.”

She advised attendees about personal advancement as well, saying, “You need to figure out how to get to know your leadership and your peers on a personal and professional level in order to build advocates at the decision-making levels.”

Nancy’s comments and the entire event program created a lot of positive buzz among attendees.

“We were really honored to play an instrumental role at this exclusive and exciting event,” said Darla. “Supporting the non-profit organizations that are working hard in our communities to better the lives of others is a top priority for our bank. We’ve even developed services and products specifically geared to the unique needs of our non-profit clients.”

In addition to awarding scholarships, WCC provides assistance to high school and college students through its Mentoring Page, a resource to “help students, educators, counselors and parents understand and navigate through their career paths.” The mentoring resource includes descriptions of jobs and related salaries; education options with local colleges and universities; direct links to high schools with construction-related programs; and information about apprenticeship training programs.

Additionally, WCC holds a monthly lunch meeting at Santana High School, Patrick Henry High School, San Diego High School and Hoover High School for interested students (female and male) to learn more about careers in the construction industry. The lunches feature guest speakers who talk about how they got their start, what they do and some of the challenges they’ve overcome. The students also get information about scholarships, building their resumes, jobsite visits and opportunities for internships and summer jobs.

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Regents Rovers Step Up to Save Animals

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Regents Rovers 2017 (l to r): Donna Provencher with Brodie; Claudia Sanchez with daughter Natalie, chihuahua Charlie, sister Bernice, Luka the husky; Kim Flores with kids Jaely and AJ; Erin Brosch with Zoe; and Taryn Diehl with kids Brandon, Layla and Trinity

The Regents Rovers were at it again this year, raising money for the San Diego Humane Society’s Walk For Animals event. We’re happy to report that, under the leadership of our own Erin Brosch, our team of 10 raised more than $1000! Overall, the event, a two-mile walk at Liberty Station in Point Loma, helped raise tens of thousands of dollars to support the vital work of the San Diego Humane Society.

Our team included Erin, Matt Fishman, Donna Provencher, Claudia Sanchez, Taryn Diehl, and Kim Flores from Regents Bank, as well as a few family members. While billed as “San Diego’s largest dog walk,” we also spotted a miniature horse, a pig, a couple of cats, some parrots and a goat.

Additional members of our Regents Bank team stepped up to the plate to support Regents Rovers with cash donations to the Humane Society, including Ben Lundeen, Mike Churchwell, Cindy Thomas, Bill Scheffel, Tom Schmidt, Mark Anderson, David Ekings, Linda Thomas, Jean Porter, Amber Santos, Nick Nattkemper and Victoria Vossler. We also had some customer support, for which we are very grateful.

The money raised through Walk For Animals provides food, medical care and a safe haven for thousands of animals in need. Each year, the San Diego Humane Society rescues tens of thousands of animals. It’s one of just a small handful of Humane Society organizations in the U.S. with a no-kill policy.

Erin, who has coordinated a team for this event several years running, is motivated by her love for animals. “I want to keep San Diego County a kill free county,” she said. “An animal’s love is unconditional, and you’re never alone when you have a pet.”

San Diego Humane Society’s next big fundraiser, The Fur Ball, is coming up on September 9, but you can support the Society’s mission with a contribution any time of the year. More information can be found at sdhumane.org.

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Regents Rovers 2017 (l to r): Donna Provencher with Brodie; Erin Brosch with Zoe; Kim Flores’ son AJ; Claudia Sanchez with sister Bernice, Luka the Husky and daughter Natalie with Charlie; and Matt Fishman with Vail

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Working with Junior Achievement to Provide Financial Education for Local Youth

Junior Achievement (JA), an organization committed to teaching students from kindergarten through high school about financial topics, has come to hold a special place in our hearts. Recently, Amber Santos and Tom Schmidt from our La Jolla office, as well as Darla Clark from our downtown San Diego office, visited JA’s BizTown (the only BizTown facility in California!) to help San Diego elementary school students operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks and vote for mayor.

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The goal of the program is to help kids connect the concept of dealing with the financial responsibilities of adulthood to the reality. Rene Wisch and Lisa Johns from our Vancouver, Washington office also volunteered with BizTown through Junior Achievement of Washington. Khellie Van and Devin Jackson have volunteered through Junior Achievement’s classroom programs in Washington.

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Junior Achievement offers dozens of different kinds of programs and many ways to volunteer. Kim Poole and Bill Scheffel from our Escondido office presented about the finances of cities to third grade students at Joli Ann Leichtag Elementary School in Vista, for example. They covered topics like taxes, revenue, banking, small businesses, municipalities and how all of these parts work together. Their coworkers, Cindy Thomas, Erin Brosch and Taryn Diehl (as well as Bill Scheffel) also volunteered in a classroom at Willow Grove Elementary in Poway.

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The JA programs focus primarily on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Most schools don’t dedicate much or any curriculum time to these topics. Since students at low-income schools may have even less opportunity for financial education, Junior Achievement focuses primarily on these schools, though not exclusively.

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Amber, who worked with fifth graders at BizTown said, “They worked hard, and their excitement was contagious.” She hopes to volunteer again.

For BizTown, the fifth graders have had in-class sessions with volunteers before they attend so that they’re prepared. “Prior to the day, they get some education from Junior Achievement presentations from kindergarten on,” says Tom. “BizTown is the reward for all that instruction.” The students and the volunteers also receive instruction booklets when they arrive at BizTown.

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Tom, who has volunteered with Junior Achievement for many years and in several capacities, including instructing the personal finance curriculum to high schoolers through Junior Achievement’s in-class program, says he continues to enjoy giving back to the kids. “It’s a win-win. I like working with kids, and it amazes me what some kids know and do. Some get so involved during BizTown that they don’t even want to go on break.”

Amber concurred, adding, “They were really responsible and took the experience very seriously.”

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Darla helped run the San Diego Union Tribune shop at BizTown with students from San Diego’s Jamacha neighborhood. Four of the kids published a newspaper, which included photos, an editorial article, an interview with the Mayor and articles about two of the businesses in Biz Town.

“It was a very busy and fun experience,” said Darla, who was impressed by the kids in her shop, saying they “were smart and did the work.”

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It’s easy to be a Junior Achievement volunteer. “Junior Achievement gives you all the materials in a packet, as well as all the lessons and video tutorials for classroom sessions,” said, Kim. “They walk you through it completely.”

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Kim was hooked after her first classroom experience volunteering for Junior Achievement. “I realized I have all the tools available to help teach these kids. They need to go out in the world with the financial strength to make the decisions they need to make and to understand them.” In addition to that, she says, “And it’s so much fun!”

“I was nervous!” Lisa readily admits feeling before her classroom teaching assignment through Junior Achievement. But, she says, “JA really prepares you for the classes. They have great training materials and it only takes about 20 minutes to read through them.”  Lisa taught a third grade class about city planning. The class met for 45 minutes once a week for five weeks.

One night, after the program had ended, Lisa experienced something that confirmed the impact volunteering can have. She was at a restaurant with her family when she passed by a table where two young girls were having dinner with their mother. One of the girls looked up at Lisa, smiled and said, “Hi!” Lisa immediately recognized her as one of her students from her JA class.

Lisa stopped to talk to her. Her mother asked who she was, and the young girl eagerly answered, “She is the Junior Achievement teacher!” Lisa felt so good that the student remembered her. “This made me realize how important volunteering is, and how much of an impact you can have in a child’s life.”

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Finishing the Year with Charity Drives

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Salvation Army Angel Tree drive at our San Diego County offices and the Clark County Food Bank drive at our Vancouver, Washington office. The food drive collected 170 pounds of food, and the photos below of our Salvation Army Angel Tree drive speak for themselves. Remarkably, one of our clients contributed $2,000 through our Escondido office to the Angel Tree drive. We are truly grateful to every person who opened their hearts and their wallets to assist those in our community who needed a helping hand this holiday season.

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Regents Bank Escondido office (l to r): Taryn Diehl, Mark Fisher, Loretta Warner, Bill Scheffel, Mark Anderson, Alice Tiongco, Melissa Scanlon, David Ekings

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Regents Bank Vista office

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Regents Bank San Diego office

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Regents Bank La Jolla office

Our staff also spent time ringing the bell for Salvation Army Red Kettle drives throughout San Diego County and Vancouver, WA

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Regents Bank President Steve Sefton was bell ringing at the Ralph’s in La Jolla

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Jesse Murphy-Hill ringing the red kettle bell in Vancouver

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From left to right, Melissa and Kelsey Scanlon, Brenya Tiongco, Taryn and her daughters Layla and Trinity working the red kettle in Escondido

Finally, we’re always proud to support Friends of Downtown, and our Senior Vice President Ben Price recently attended their annual Scholarship Luncheon to help present scholarship money the organization raised for San Diego City College students.

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2016 San Diego City College Scholarship Recipients and Friends of Downtown Presenters. Ben Price (far right corner)

For more photos of the Friends of Downtown Luncheon at City College: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sandiegocitycollege/albums/72157675230311941

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Two ways to help those in need this holiday season

christmas-cove-display-la-jollaFor many, the holidays evoke magical memories of childhood they’ve cherished throughout their lives. As we celebrate the time of year when we have so many opportunities to provide for those less fortunate, we hope you’ll consider brightening a child’s Christmas morning by helping with our Salvation Armyscreen-shot-2016-09-13-at-11-07-51-am Angel Giving Tree gift drives.

In the spirit of the holidays, Regents Bank’s San Diego offices are welcoming our staff, clients and friends to contribute now through Friday, December 16 at our offices in downtown, La Jolla, Vista and Escondido.

At our Escondido and Vista offices, you’ll find Angel Trees with gift tags for specific requested gifts. The requests come from hundreds of San Diego children, ages infant to 12 years old, who would otherwise have no gifts to open this holiday season. Families in need that sign up for the program must meet Federal minimum poverty guidelines to qualify.

Each angel on our trees has the name, age, gender and gift request of a child in need. You can “adopt” a child and purchase their (unwrapped) Christmas gift wish to deposit in the barrel we have displayed onsite.

Our La Jolla and Downtown offices are hosting similar gift drives based on a list of suggested items from the Salvation Army.  The general drives help the Salvation Army complete family packages for the holidays. Gifts for “tweens” are most needed since they are the ones who are chosen the least from the Angel Trees.  Again, please do not wrap the gift.

According to the Salvation Army, gifts that interest boys in the tween age group are: Legos, remote controlled toys, athletic balls (soccer balls, footballs, baseballs, basketballs), skateboards, building sets, clothes, watches and electronic items.  Tween girls appreciate: hair tools, hair accessories, nail supplies, make-up, jewelry, art sets, journals, CDs, DVDs, toiletry sets (body wash, lotions, body mists, etc.), scooters, Polaroid cameras (instant cameras) and stationery sets.  Of course, any items for all ages will be gratefully accepted and appreciated.

Please feel free to contact your Regents banker or the main telephone line at any of our San Diego-area  offices if you have any questions about our Salvation Army gift drive.

If your philanthropic heart leans toward higher education, we invite you to help us invest in educating tomorrow’s leaders. Throughout the year, we support Friends of Downtown,screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-11-07-51-am a non-profit 501 (c)(3) with a membership comprised of individuals who work or live in downtown San Diego. Its goal is sharing information and ideas to enhance the community.

In 2000, Friends of Downtown began awarding scholarships to students at San Diego City College, one of the hidden jewels of downtown, which serves more than 16,000 students on its 60-acre campus. Since then, Friends of Downtown has awarded over $425,000 in scholarships, becoming the largest SDCC scholarship provider. Students who apply are evaluated on their academic performance and interview with the group’s scholarship panel.

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2016 San Diego City College Scholarship Recipients and Friends of Downtown Presenters

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Thank you in advance to those who plan to contribute to the Salvation Army, Friends of Downtown or any other organization working to lift up our neighbors and our communities.

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Regents Rovers Raises More than $4000 for San Diego Humane Society

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Thanks to the leadership of our team captain, Erin Brosch, and our team members, Stephen Friedman, Cecilia Wittmann, Darla Clark, Claudia Sanchez, Kim Poole, Norma Soto, Taryn Diehl, Alice Tiongco and Amber Santos…as well as their friends and family, Regents Rovers raised more than $4,000 for the San Diego Humane Society.↗ Along with their pets, our team made the two-mile Walk For Animals at NTC Park at Liberty Station on May 7 to support the Humane Society and its transition within the last year to a no-kill policy.

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Erin Brosch with mom Cheri and pup Zoe

In total, Regents Rovers had 26 team members, a remarkable increase from our team of three in 2015. We also raised more than eight times the money as last year.

Despite the drizzly day, pets and pet lovers showed up in force, and it wasn’t just dogs strutting their stuff. Cats, a goat, a pony and an iguana joined their canine compatriots, which included a dog riding a mini moped.

“I love this walk, because pets are a commonality between people – everyone loves their pet in the same way, no matter who they are or what they do,” said Erin. “Also, like pets, this entire event is very therapeutic; it’s easy to celebrate this cause.”

In total, the event raised well over $40,000 and counting. If you want to support the Humane Society, you can still donate through a Walk for Animals participant or directly to the Humane Society.screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-11-07-51-am The money raised provides food, medical care and a safe haven for thousands of animals in need. This year, the San Diego Humane Society expects to save the lives of more than 30,000 animals. It is one of just a small handful of Humane Society organizations in the U.S. with a no-kill policy.

“Not only are the animals protected at the San Diego Humane Society, they also have nice accommodations, with glass enclosures instead of cages, and amenities like beds and toys,” Erin added.

Thank you to everyone who walked and who contributed to our team’s efforts to raise money and help San Diego’s animals. Want to join our team next year? Erin says we’re “absolutely” doing it again! Aye aye, captain.

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Let’s Go To The Dogs – With Regents Rovers

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The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.– Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

San Diego Humane Society’s Walk for Animals San Diego is nearly here, and our Regents Bank team is gearing up! On Saturday, May 7, our team of more than 20 Regents Bank employees and friends, along with our four legged friends (on a leash), will make the two-mile walk at Liberty Station.

San Diego Humane Society raised so much money last year that San Diego County became a no-kill county for the first time ever, and we’re motivated to keep it that way.

Our team has raised nearly 75 percent of our $5,000 goal. We’re still growing our team, so we’re inviting you to join us. You and your furry friend(s) will enjoy free giveaways and a great morning stroll…not to mention the wonderful feeling that comes from saving animals.

If you can’t walk, a small donation would help so many animals in such a big way. Donations provide food, medical care and a safe haven for thousands of animals in need. Your donation and/or participation will literally made the difference between life and death for San Diego animals.

This year, San Diego Humane Society will save the lives of more than 30,000 animals. 

  • More than 10,000 homeless animals will find new homes
  • The foster program will provide a second chance to 2,000 sick, injured, or underage animals
  • 16,000 animals will be examined in veterinary medical centers
  • Humane law enforcement officers will respond to nearly 10,000 calls of animals in need
  • Project Wildlife will care for nearly 12,000 injured or orphaned wildlife
  • San Diego Humane Society surgeons will perform more than 5,500 reduced cost spay/neuter operations on community-owned animals
  • The Humane Society’s 24-hour-kitten nursery will serve as a safe haven to nearly 1,800 newborn, orphaned kittens

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Location
NTC Park at Liberty Station
2455 Cushing Road
San Diego, CA 92106

Schedule of Events

  • 7:00 a.m. — Registration, Pancake Breakfast, Doggie Activities, Vendor Village
  • 8:30 a.m. — Blessing of the Animals
  • 8:45 a.m. — Warm-up
  • 9:00 a.m. — Walk begins
  • 9:30 a.m. — Doggie activities and Vendor Village continue until noon

Fees

  • $40 – Adults (ages 18+)
  • $20 – Children (ages 17 and under)
  • $10 – Cat Nappers (Individuals who are raising funds but not attending the Walk)

All registered participants will receive a commemorative Walk for Animals T-shirt! T-shirts for Cat Nappers will be mailed after the event.

Thank you in advance for all who participate and/or donate.

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It’s Good to Have Friends… of Downtown

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 12.10.04 PMOur loyal blog readers may remember that we profiled our senior vice president, Ben Price, last year on our blog, and in that article mentioned a great organization called Friends of Downtown. Next month, Friends of Downtownscreen-shot-2016-09-13-at-11-07-51-am will host  its annual fundraiser to provide scholarships for San Diego City Collegescreen-shot-2016-09-13-at-11-07-51-am students. We want to take this opportunity to revisit their great work, including the contributions Ben makes to the organization, and help you learn more about how you, too, can help local college students.

Friends of Downtown was started in 1990 by a group of downtown professionals and was designated as a nonprofit in 2000. The group is now the largest provider of scholarships for San Diego City College students.

With approximately 16,000 students enrolled, San Diego City College is an important thread in the fabric of downtown, especially east downtown. Students come from all walks of life, but the affluence level of the student body trails other San Diego community colleges. San Diego City College administrators estimate that approximately 350 of their students are homeless, with maybe three times that number who are close to being homeless. Over 80 percent of the student body receive some sort of financial aid.

To date, Friends of Downtown has awarded over $400,000 in scholarships to City College students. “If they can get in to San Diego City College, I want to keep them there,” says Ben, commenting on why he’s so committed to Friends of Downtown’s scholarship program. “I believe in people continuing their education to get a job and prop themselves up.”

Friends of Downtown, currently led by Christine Baker, awarded 43 scholarships of $500 each this year. The students must apply and interview to compete for the scholarships.

“When we ask them how they will use the money, some students say they need it for bus fare or books…or even for food,” says Ben, who participates in the majority of the grant interviews. “We don’t restrict how they use the grant, as long as it helps them stay in school.”

Friends of Downtown has forged a strong relationship with San Diego City College, helping out with the school’s efforts to provide affordable interview attire to its students through the college-run boutique, Fantastique,screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-11-07-51-am where students can also intern. Friends of Downtown members have held clothing and accessory drives for the boutique. They have also contributed to the school-run food bank, The Pantry.

“San Diego City College is a jewel of east village, not just for the significant renovations recently completed on the campus, but also for the creative and responsive programs they have created to help their students succeed,” says Ben. “It’s easy for our group to want to get behind the college and its students, who we hope will go on to become active members of San Diego’s business and civic community.”

One hundred percent of funds raised at Friends of Downtown’s May 19 breakfastscreen-shot-2016-09-13-at-11-07-51-am will go to the scholarship program. Both San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman and San Diego City College President Dr. Anthony Beebe are expected to speak at the event. More information about the breakfast and the Friends of Downtown scholarship program can be found at http://www.fodsd.org.

FOD Scholarship Luncheon Group Photo

Ben Price (far left, back row) from our San Diego Office serves on the selection committee which reviews all applicants from deserving students wishing to further their education

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