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Team Effort Takes on Ovarian Cancer and Supports Patients

Team Effort Takes on Ovarian Cancer and Supports Patients

The Clearity Foundation’s fitness fundraiser, “All Out for Her,” raised awareness of ovarian cancer and exceeded the nonprofit’s $10,000 goal to raise more than $15,000 for the cause. The fundraiser took place across multiple San Diego Orangetheory Fitness studios. The event was led by professional coaches and included hour-long dynamic training sessions featuring running, indoor rowing, and resistance training.

The Clearity Foundation is dedicated to providing ovarian cancer patients with more specialized treatment options. They teamed up with multiple Orangetheory Fitness studios to hold “All Out for Her” events to support Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. The event highlighted the strength and courage of any person affected by ovarian cancer, now the deadliest gynecologic malignancy.

Employees of the San Diego office of San Jose-based Netgear assembled backpacks with school supplies for donation to local nonprofits to help homeless and foster school-age children. This year they chose the School-Tools Backpacks by World Vision Inc. for their outreach. The exchanges were arranged by local nonprofit Sustainable Surplus, whose mission is to repurpose supplies to those in need at local schools and nonprofits.

SSE director Sue Prelozni said they helped Netgear select the recipients of the backpacks and as a result “at least 50 children at Petra House, Stand Up for Kids, New Haven Youth and Family Services are prepared to go back to school with a new backpack full of the necessary supplies.”

West Health announced the opening of the Gary & Mary West Senior Dental Center in downtown San Diego, providing a holistic, nonprofit approach to combat the epidemic of poor oral healthcare among seniors who live at or below poverty level. West Health aims to create a model to be replicated throughout California and across the U.S.

A hidden epidemic, low-income seniors often have to choose between rent and food, dropping oral healthcare to the bottom of their priorities. Visit

San Diego-based nonprofit, Women’s Empowerment International, announced Paige Bradley as its first executive director. Bradley brings two decades of experience in the nonprofit, political and communications arenas to the role, where she will oversee efforts to double the organization’s funding of poverty alleviation programs by 2020. Bradley most recently worked in Paris, France as a fundraising director for Sport dans la Ville, France’s leading nonprofit serving at-risk youth and families.

Bradley will oversee WE’s microloan and other poverty-alleviation projects for impoverished women in Uganda, Honduras, Haiti and Mexico. WE also supports the STAR Center, a City Heights business incubator through which poor San Diego women have launched 282 local businesses.

Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County 54th Annual Gourmet Dinner themed “Building Futures,” hosted a sold out event of 700 of San Diego’s top business and community leaders in celebration of the chapter’s mentoring success. Held at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, the event honored Person of the Year, John Frager. Emceed by Bob Scanlan, former Major League Baseball pitcher, this year’s dinner raised more than $650,000 net for its one-to-one mentoring programs. The cocktail party was sponsored by Prevost Construction. Title Sponsors were Alexandria Real Estate Equities and PIRCH. The event was organized by Chairman Tom van Betten and committee members Greg Anton, Brent Rivard, Kelly Souza and Rick Valencia. 2016 Person of the Year, Frager, gave an inspiring speech about the return on investment of one-to-one mentoring.

“For the cost of one incarcerated child, BBBS could match 82 of these same at-risk kids with a mentor, at just $1,550 per child per year.” Frager said. “Mentoring has a projected public benefit ROI of $1.87 for every dollar invested.”

For the fourth year in a row, San Diego based Plaza Home Mortgage Inc. donated funds based on October loan volume to Susan G. Komen San Diego in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Plaza’s most recent donation was $74,000. Since the beginning of their partnership, Plaza Home Mortgage has donated nearly $325,000 to Komen San Diego.

“Breast cancer has impacted the lives of many Plaza associates and their family members,” said Kevin Parra, president of Plaza Home Mortgage. “We are honored to partner with Susan G. Komen San Diego every year and our annual donation is a testament to our commitment to making a difference in the lives of women facing breast cancer.”

The company will also sponsor a free mammogram event for underserved women. Individuals who are underinsured or uninsured are encouraged to obtain breast cancer screenings at this event. Visit

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