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By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Mark and Miriam Raftery at SDG&E community partners event

August 10, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – East County Magazine, a publication of the nonprofit Heartland Coalition, and Grossmont Hospital will each receive a $500 Energy Solutions Partner Award from San Diego Gas & Electric Company.

The awards were announced Saturday night during an evening at the San Diego Symphony’s summer Pops concert hosted by SDG&E for nonprofit organizations that are community partners.

East County Magazine’s past community partnership funds have included event sponsorships where energy-saving tips and information on special rates for low-income utility consumers have been provided, along with items such as energy-saving flashlights and shower timers to promote water savings.

“We are delighted to receive the “Energy Solutions Partner Award for fall solutions,” East County Magazine Editor Miriam Raftery stated, “and on behalf of the Heartland Coalition, our nonprofit publisher, we thank SDG&E for its generosity.”

As nonprofit media , East County Magazine’s policy is that grantors, donors and sponsors do not influence editorial  content of news, but  can support costs of providing information in the public interest, helping fulfill East County Magazine’s mission to keep readers safe and informed.

East County Magazine’s  will use its grant funds to monitor scanners during red flag conditions during fire season for its East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts, as well as to educate the public on wildfire preparedness and safety tips.

Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa plans to use its $500 grant to provide assistance bags to indigent discharged patients, said Eleanor Tamayo with Sempra Energy, SDG&E’s parent company.

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, which serves developmentally disabled adults, also won Padres tickets during the event hosted by SDG&E.



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