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The FR Foundation’s Annual Evening of Appreciation Celebrated Our Donors and 10 Years of Cancer Care at DENIM & DIAMONDS.

Sept. 20, 2010

The Rideout Foundation hosted its annual Evening of Appreciation Dinner on Sept. 16, to thank our donors and volunteers and to honor the Fremont-Rideout Cancer Center 10 Year Anniversary.

The event featured a Denim & Diamonds theme, and took place under a grand tent at the Cancer Center grounds.

“Our Evening of Appreciation/Denim & Diamonds event, allowed us to honor our donors, and gave our donors an opportunity to learn more about the Rideout Cancer Center — and future Cancer Center expansion plans,” said Carol Ramirez, VP Foundation, Community Relations and Marketing.

“Foundation guests mixed their jeans with their jewels and enjoyed an elegant, action-packed evening of celebration,” said Ramirez. “The event was a blast -- entertainment for the evening was provided by 2 Grand Entertainment, who performed a Dueling Pianos show. This outrageous, all request, high energy performance was one our attendees will never, ever, forget!”

The Evening of Appreciation/Denim & Diamonds Gala featured the following recognitions, introductions and awards:

            Recognition was made to recently retired FRHG Board members Mal Huntley and Bill Gilbert for their many years of service to FRHG.

            Introduction of the new F-R Foundation Board Chairman, Darin Gale, City of Yuba City Economic Development Manager.

            A plaque of appreciation was awarded to outgoing Foundation Board Chairman, Maureen Bumgarner. During Maureen’s two-year tenure on the Foundation board, she led the Foundation to:

            Create a Cancer Center and Hospice Discretionary Fund to enable social workers and employees to help patients in need immediately.

            Support a new Teen Leadership Council (TLC) – this program is for area high school sophomores and juniors. The Foundation supports students in their efforts to pursue a career in health care.

            Support and host four health Symposiums, to provide physicians and c              linical staff the latest in education in diabetes, cardiac, neurosurgery and vascular care.

            Make a $1 million + gift in support of the new Neurosurgery Center at Rideout. The donation was used to purchase the needed equipment that will assist surgeons in complex neurosurgical procedures.

The Foundations 2010/2011 Board of Directors was introduced. Members include: Darin Gale, Chairman; Dr. Venu Kondle, Vice Chairman; Karm Bains, Treasurer; Dick Sanchez, Secretary; Carole Spiller; Zach Zall; Alex Bravos; Paulla Hyatt-McIntire; Donna Bertolini; Dr. Susan Lott; Jim Buchan; Dave Schmall; Kathleen Hansen; Dave Vaughn and Jim Kennedy, FRHG Liaison.

Introduction and sincere thanks to these Foundation committee members: Claudia Hollis; Amarjit Bhattal; Doug Marr; Dr. Joe Cassady; David Tarke; Tresha Moreland; Donna McFarlane; Mike Pierce; Jeanne Martin; Harry Cheim; Linda Plummer; John Morrison; Jackie Sillman; Valerie Sutton; Norma Giovannetti and Darrell Naruto

Announcements of the Foundations FY 2009/2010 gifts to FRHG. Foundation gifts to FRHG included:

            At Rideout Memorial Hospital: Medical recliner for 4-main; Same Day Surgery, Refurbish Project; Bladder Scanner; Valet Service.

            At Rideout Emergency Department: Sponsored EMS Day & Disaster Drill

            At Fremont Medical Center: Gift cards for maternity classes; Lobby Refurbish Project; Bladder Scanner

            The Gardens Alzheimer’s & Special Care: Special locked cabinets for resident rooms; Prize Wheel for activities; Table and chairs for family gatherings.

            The Courtyard Assisted Living: Bench in Memorial of Foundation friend Renzo Del Pero

            Rideout Hospice: Discretionary financial assistance for Hospice patients; Lights of Remembrance Memorial for Hospice families

            The Fountains: Quality of Life Attendant; Activities Cart and supplies; Water fountain (Onstott Family Donation); Life Trail equipment for Outside Mobility area.

            Rideout Home Health: Laptop computers for Nurses.

            Fremont Rideout Cancer Center: Refurbish furniture; Discretionary financial assistance for Cancer Patients; Nurse education; Cancer Survivor celebration; Digital Thermometers for patients.

            Financial Aid & Scholarship Program: Awarded six $1,000 scholarships; Employee loans equaling $24,566.

            Teen Leadership Council: Program support for 30 High School students from 6 area schools.

            Vial of Life Program support

            Education: Hosted and funded Diabetes, Neurosurgery, Cardiac and Vascular Symposiums for physicians and clinical staff; Funded California State Nursing work-study program.

Dr. Scott Christensen, Medical Director, Rideout Cancer Center, Medical Director UC Davis Cancer Care Network, Professor, Hemotology/Oncology – UC Davis, made a presentation on behalf of the Cancer Center 10 Year Anniversary and explained upcoming expansion plans.

Special Recognition was made to Susan Vague, Administrator, F-R Cancer Center who provided 10 years of service to the Cancer Center and the FRHG organization.

Recognition to Auxiliary members was made in honor of their generous donations including:

            $20,000 from Rideout Hospital Auxiliary to various departments of Rideout Memorial Hospital; The Courtyard; Hospice and $5,000 to the Sherry Hall Scholarship.

            Recognition of the Jr. Auxiliary’s 50 Year Anniversary and the two women who have lead the program over the past decade: Donna McFarlane and Lorraine Zensius.

            $27,000 from Fremont Auxiliary was donated to benefit various departments at Fremont Medical Center; Hospice and $3,000 to the F-R Foundation Scholarship fund.

Both Auxiliaries are dedicated to rendering service to the hospitals, patients and families. Since 1959 members of the FMC Auxiliary have logged in 577,291 volunteer hours and RMH Auxiliary members have logged in 732,863 volunteer hours since 1958.

The Foundation’s Volunteer of the Year designation was awarded to FRHG employees Jewel Malecha and Lizzie Northrup.  Jewel and Lizzie have, since 2007, chaired Bowling for Breasts a fundraiser, to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness. Bowling for Breasts has raised $10,930 to help support the efforts of Pink October.

The Foundation’s Community Service of the Year Award went to Recology Yuba-Sutter. Recology has supported the Foundation in many ways, including through 20 year’s of sponsorship to Fairway to Health.   During the presentation, GM, Dave Vaughn presented a check for $25,000 to the Foundation.

Past board member, 1996-2010, Mark Boyer was honored for his many years of service. Mark served as the Foundation Board Chair in 2000/2001.

The Foundation also celebrated people who made outstanding donations in creative ways.

            Honorees included: Jon Bechtel and family donated a Sea-Doo boat in memory of Joan Bechtel; Valley Muffler was recognized for10 years of Car Show’s and BBQ benefiting the Cancer Center; Anonymous couple, thanked for the beautiful diamond ring (valued at $6,000) gifted to the Foundation; Jeanne Martin, Valerie Sutton and Mary Thompson, members of the Tower Power Employee Committee, who raised thousands of dollars for FRHG through creative fundraisers and community events, presented a $31,000 check to Chris Parker, VP of Senior Care Services, to benefit The Fountains, The Gardens and The Courtyard; Jerry and Pat Whitten made a donation of $50,000 in memory of John & Lola Cary – to refurbish the Chapel at Rideout Memorial Hospital; Coby & Jeri Haskell and Tom & Terri Hamilton established the Janice Frank Nursing Scholarship. The Dorothy C. Wisner Memorial Loan Fund will help seed the new scholarship program.  Dorothy C. Wisner Fund was created in the mid 1950’s as a nurse recruitment loan fund by the Yuba-Sutter-Colusa Medical Society Auxiliary.  In 2004, the fund was placed under the umbrella of the Rideout foundation, to be used for individual scholarships

The program ended with an important and exciting announcement that will benefit the community.  The Foundation met their goal to provide money for Wireless EKG Machines in 21 Bi-County Ambulances.

The aggressive fundraising campaign for the EKG Wireless Monitors included: The Foundation’s Annual Fairway to Health Golf Tournament, the yearly Annual Appeal, and with the help of hundreds of sponsors, the Foundation reached its goal in raising funds to help place Wireless EKG Machines in 21 Bi-County Ambulances.

This important technology is a major benefit to our community, as it enables Rideout Emergency staff and physicians to determine the best course of care and gives the hospital time to put appropriate staff in place in route – before a patient arrives at the ER.

Special thanks to Bi-County Ambulance who split the cost with the Foundation to provide this very important medical technology for the community we serve.

To learn more about the Rideout Foundation, please call our foundation office at 530 751-4070. Or, visit us online at .