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Las Patronas Gives Big at its Annual Beneficiary Luncheon

Plus the Community Law Project and San Diego Center for Children benefit from additional grants

Cathy Maywood (Jewel Ball 2019 Co-Chair), Nicole Velazquez (Jewel Ball 2019 Chair) and Michelle Wiseman (Las Patronas President) | Photos courtesy of Las Patronas

Las Patronas granted 11 local organizations more than $20,000 each during its annual Beneficiary Luncheon at The Marine Room. The grants were funded by the whopping $847,545 raised at their 72nd Jewel Ball, Viva la Vida last August. The first $300,000 went to Major Beneficiaries and the remaining funds went to the Minor Beneficiaries, who received grants of $20,000 or less.

“We are proud to provide funding for these very deserving San Diego nonprofit organizations,” says Michelle Wiseman, President of Las Patronas. “Each Las Patronas member is inspired by the difference these incredible organizations make in the lives of so many San Diegans. Many of our members say participating in grant applicant site visits is a highlight of being in Las Patronas​ because it offers an opportunity to learn more about the needs in our community.”


The Midway Foundation gave $10,000 to the San Diego Center for Children for its Empowered Families program. The program teaches families how to support a child dealing with a mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder and/or special needs. The San Diego Center for Children reaches more than 1,000 children and their families daily at eight sites as well as in San Diego County homes and schools.

The Midway Foundation awards a $10,000 check to the San Diego Center for Children


California Western's Community Law Project (CLP) has received a $7,500 grant from the San Diego County Bar Foundation. The grant will fund legal consultations and education for low-income San Diegans. It will also help to train attorneys at the five San Diego-area clinics.

“The Community Law Project is honored to once again be a recipient of funding from the San Diego County Bar Foundation,” says Dana Sisitsky, CLP’s Executive Director. ”We are excited to use this funding to continue the work we do on behalf of low-income clients across San Diego County. We are also pleased to be able to offer many San Diego County Bar members an opportunity to give back to the San Diego community and welcome new volunteers who are interested in giving their time to clients in need.”


Coming up

Friday, March 15:

The public is invited to the campus of The Academy of Our Lady of Peace (OLP) for its Fifth Annual Women’s Symposium, Piloting Your Life, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan will be the keynote speaker, and panelists will include 20 women leaders such as Consul General of USA in Tijuana, Sue Saarnio, winner of Project Runway 14 Ashley Nell Tipton, and Athena CEO Holly Smithson. These women will share their secrets for getting to the top.


Saturday, March 23:

Meals on Wheels San Diego County will host its annual March for Meals 5K Charity Walk, with the goal of feeding nearly 1,500 homebound and isolated seniors. The new location this year is Liberty Station NTC Park. $35 per person; kids 12 and under free; (costumed) dogs welcome.

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