XTRA-FM 91X said it has raised more than $16,000 for the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) through its “Inspired By Music” concert series. SDCOE, 91X and Belly Up Entertainment launched a partnership last year that eventually led to a series of concerts held at the Music Box in downtown San Diego. For each event, 91X committed to donate $1 of every ticket sold to a grant program for public school teachers around the county. Since launching the fundraising effort, Green Flash Brewing Company joined and pledged to match the $1 commitment for shows in the concert series, plus events at their tasting room in Mira Mesa. Bands including Angels & Airwaves and Local Natives also pledged money to the grant fund. All told, 91X has raised $16,359, with three events still remaining in this year’s concert series. The funds will be split into grants for music technology, teacher professional development, innovation and field trips to musical events and museums. 91X said grants are expected to be dispersed early next year. The final three Inspired By Music concerts are scheduled for Oct. 14, Nov. 20 and Dec. 11. Tickets and information can be found at www.91x.com/inspired-by-music.
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The Health Care Communicators of San Diego (HCCSD) recently presented its 2019 Finest Awards. Awards also included members of the Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Association (HPRMA), based in Foothill Ranch, Calif. UC San Diego Health received 15 awards and Scripps Health took home 14 awards. Other multiple award winners included Palomar Health (11), Torrance-based Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center (8), Millennium Health (7), Children’s Hospital of Orange County (6), Rady Children’s Hospital (4), Reflexion Health (4), Loma Linda University Health (4), Sharp Grossmont Hospital (3), North County Health Services (2) and AMN Healthcare (2). Single award winners included BrandSavants, Ignyte, Pomona Valley Hospital and Reveille, Inc., Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and The Super Dentists. A complete list of winners can be found at www.hccsd.wildapricot.org/Finest. This year’s awards program marked the 42-year end of HCCSD. HCCSD, founded in 1977, said it will merge with HPRMA to form the Health Care Communicators of Southern California (HCCSC), a group for communications professionals who work in the health care, wellness, biotech, medical device, health information technology and pharmaceutical industries.
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Marcia Arcega-Dunn has been named a co-anchor for the 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. newscasts at KSWB-TV/Fox 5 San Diego. Arcega-Dunn is succeeding Jenn Karlman, who is no longer with the station. Arcega-Dunn, a broadcast journalist for nearly two decades, joined KSWB in 2014. Previously, she spent a year at KGTV-TV in San Diego after spending six years anchoring at the Fox affiliate in Seattle. She has worked internationally as a correspondent for CNN International, CTV Network in Canada, Global Canada, ABC, Fox News and other national and international news outlets.