Las Patronas Awards Grant To Help Furnish New Classrooms

La Jolla Philanthropic Organization Las Patronas has awarded a $16,657 grant to the San Diego Center for Children’s Academy-expansion project. The money will go toward interior furnishings and teaching aids and equipment, including projectors, whiteboards and desks, for the two new classrooms at the Academy campus in Kearny Mesa. The fully-accredited special-education K-12 school, primarily for low- to moderate-income families, provides comprehensive grade-level-appropriate curricula in conjunction with therapeutic treatment and support. The school is aimed at students with behavioral and academic challenges beyond what public schools can provide even in special education classes. CenterForChildren.org

37th Annual Moonlight Masquerade Benefits Bird Rock Elementary

Bird Rock Elementary students need your support! The Bird Rock Foundation, which raises financial support for educational programs that put the school on the path to excellence in 21st century education standards, is hosting the 37th Annual Moonlight Masquerade on March 3 at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa. Community members and local businesses have donated items for online and live auctions, with this year’s online auction open to the general public to allow broader participation. Help Bird Rock Elementary reach its fundraising goals by generously donating for the auction, buying tickets to the gala or helping sponsor the event. BirdRockFoundation.com

Cusp Dining & Drinks Elevates Menu Offerings

The beautiful restaurant high atop Hotel La Jolla has the ocean views, but unlike many other scenic eateries, they also have fantastic food to pair. And with Chef Ingrid Funes helming the kitchen, her dishes are as easy on the eyes (and palate) as the views. To start, try Funes’ Baby Beet Salad with oranges, shaved baby beets, roasted beets, honey vinaigrette, salted candied almonds and goat cheese brulee, or Cauliflower with Lemon Jam, crispy garbanzo beans and olive tapenade. For entrees, Funes added a Lamb Shoulder Papardelle Pasta with braised lamb shoulder, white mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes, as well as Roasted New York Steak with pee wee potatoes, turnips, Brussels sprouts, potato chips, salsa verde and demi sauce. CuspRestaurant.com 

Marine Room Hosts ‘Romance, Bubbles, Sweets’

The Marine Room held its first cooking class of the year on February 7. Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver performed a lively demonstration on how to cook like a professional. The class was followed by a three-course dinner with wine pairings featuring a menu of Baked North Pacific Oyster, Angus Filet Mignon and Wild Prawns and Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake. Save the date for their Forage, Garden and Berries Cooking Class & Dinner on May 9! MarineRoom.com

Jewish Family Service Announces $37 million Centennial Countdown Campaign

To kick off its centennial year, Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) announced its $37 million Centennial Countdown Campaign, which includes a $20 million commitment from the Rady Family Foundation, including up to $17 million available in one-to-one matching funds. The Rady Family Foundation’s gift is the largest known commitment to a Jewish community organization in San Diego and one of the most significant nationally. JFS’s Centennial Countdown Campaign has already received gifts from 31 donors for over $8.6 million in contributions, for a total of more than $20.3 million raised to date. All cash gifts made to the campaign will be matched dollar for dollar, as will all bequests confirmed by those age 70 or older. JFFSD.org

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza Raises Money for American Heart Association

All through February, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza offered a creative and tasty way for locals to easily give back through a charitable campaign called Pizza from the Heart. Special heart-shaped, make-at-home pizza kits starting at $7 each were sold, with $1 from each sale going directly to benefit the American Heart Association. Kits included housemade pizza dough, fresh mozzarella and basil, a jar of housemade tomato sauce, with the option of pepperoni. Guests were encouraged to post a picture on social media of their heart-shaped creation using #iheartsammys to win $100. Last year alone more than a thousand heart-shaped pizza kits were sold, and thanks to the generosity of local diners, Sammy’s has been able to support and give back to the American Heart Association for the last 15 years. Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill lis located on Pearl St. SammysPizza.com