Major Donor Profiles
Just as Phebe Rideout honored her husband and son by naming the hospital
after them more than a century ago, you have donated in remembrance of
a loved one – or made a legacy donation through our naming opportunities
for the new Rideout Regional Medical Center hospital expansion. Beyond
architecture and aesthetics, brick and mortar, your donation also supports
medical expertise, state-of-the- art technology and a healing environment
for our community, our families, our children and grandchildren.
Please enjoy these profiles of our Major Donors:
Ron & Norma Giovannetti
The Giovannetti RRMC Lobby Waiting Area
Ron and Norma Giovannetti are longtime residents of the Yuba-Sutter area.
The couple owns B.E. Giovannetti and Sons, Half Moon Fruit and Produce
Co., and N&R Trailer Leasing and have enjoyed much success along the
way. Ron and Norma have always had a philanthropic spirit and give generously
to many different organizations.
In 2008, the Rideout Health Foundation recognized Norma with the "Outstanding
Community Service" award and in 2013 Ron and Norma were awarded "Philanthropists
of the Year."
Norma was diagnosed with cancer years ago and realized a great need for
state-of-the-art imaging equipment here in our community. The Giovannettis
graciously contributed to the Rideout Health Foundation for the purchase
of a 3D breast imaging system, the first of its kind in the area, a PET
CT Scanner in the Rideout Cancer Center and the MRI at the Rideout Regional
Medical Center. Thanks to the financial generosity of Ron and Norma and
their time and support of the annual Fairway to Health fundraiser, many
people in our community will be diagnosed early and receive life-saving
Gurdev & Satinder Thiara
The G.S. Thiara RRMC Emergency Department
Gurdev immigrated to the United States in 1960 at the young age of 20 to
join his father and brother. He began working in the local farmlands in
Sutter and Yuba counties. Energetic and driven by an entrepreneurial spirit,
Gurdev and his brother dared to own their piece of America. At the age
of 24, Gurdev was an agricultural businessman, a farmer with his own land
in Sutter County. Satinder, the daughter of a prominent Indian military
family, aspired to come to America and follow her passion for a career
in medicine. The two were married in 1967 in Punjab, India.
Gurdev and Satinder's optimism and vision have brought them forward
50 years where they are now the owners of an agricultural enterprise that
spans thousands of acres of orchards in Northern and Central California.
Ask them and both Gurdev and Satinder will tell you that they derive satisfaction
and a sense of accomplishment from the success of their sons, Gary and
Shindi, and their daughters-in-law, Navneet and Virpal. Their greatest
joy is the daily commotion of their grandchildren, Ethan, Jack, Annika,
Emma and Ryshum.
Sarbjit & Prabhjot Johl
In Honor of Gurbax Singh Johl & Jaswant Kaur Johl
The Johl Emergency Department Waiting Area & The Johl RRMC Lobby Waiting Area
Sarbjit and Prabhjot are long-time residents of Yuba-Sutter. They've
been devoted to enhancing the community they call home and where they've
raised their three daughters: Kiran, Anu and Sureena.
As a businessman, Sarb cultivates his orchards of peaches and walnuts;
while Prabhjot cultivates young minds as a teacher. Over the years, they've
dedicated themselves to volunteer work and the local Gurdwara (Sikh Temple),
by teaching at a Sunday School to share their culture with Punjabi children,
and participating in various organizations to support local agriculture.
They are pleased to support the Rideout Regional Medical Center and see
it as an important resource for quality healthcare for local residents.
David & Gina Tarke
In Memory of Elaine Tarke
Third Floor Outdoor Garden Area
In the early 1970s, Elaine Tarke was in Fremont Hospital as a patient periodically
for almost two years with abdominal issues. She appreciated the care she
received in our community hospital and when she got better, she decided
to serve as a volunteer to the hospital. Elaine served for 37 years (1975-2012)
compiling 11,249 hours of service. Over her volunteer career she made
dozens of "tray favors." These were little figurines that the
staff would put on the meal trays – usually tied to the season.
Elaine served as President of the Fremont Auxiliary two times, in 1986
and 1995, and she helped start the Fremont-Rideout Foundation. For all
of this, she was honored with the Phebe Rideout Award in 2001. Before
Elaine's death in October, 2014, David spoke to his mother about making
a donation to a worthy organization in her memory. The Hospital Foundation
was first on her list. Elaine loved to garden, so David felt the Rideout
Outdoor Garden was the ideal setting to honor his mother.
Dr. Rupinder Brar & the Kalkat Family
In Memory of Bhupinder "Sonny" Kalkat
RRMC Second Floor Waiting Area
Family Friends and Farming are the values that Bhupinder "Sonny"
Kalkat held dearest to his heart. Born in India, Sonny migrated with his
family to Live Oak, California as a small child. The first in his family
to attend college, he graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Agricultural
and Managerial Economics in 1991, followed by a Masters in Business Administration
in 1993. Sonny found his passion early in life while helping run the family
farming business. His passion and knowledge soon translated into helping
expand his family farming business while simultaneously growing his own
farming operation. Along with his great successes, he always had a drive
to give back to society. His philanthropic efforts included setting up
a fund to help local patients who could not pay for expensive brand-named
medication and supporting numerous local community service organizations.
He also made substantial donations to a cause dedicated to helping those
who needed eye surgeries in the poorest parts of India through the Sankara
Sonny & Bobby Samara
RRMC Imaging Wait/Reception Area
Baveljit and Bobby Samara have a personal belief that the value of one's
life and good health is irreplaceable, both being fundamental elements
to prosperity. The Samaras raised two beautiful daughters and through
much hard work founded New Legend, Inc. and Samara Farms, LLC in Yuba
City. Now they desire to give back to the community in which they were
able to establish their roots and build their dreams from the bottom up.
The Samaras chose to support the Rideout Health Foundation based upon the
belief that their contribution will reach the most people in need and
impact the community in a positive way. The Samaras want to ensure that
illness never gets in the way of one's ability to meet their goals
and live their dreams.
The Hunji Café
The Hunji family history is one of courage, vision and home. Gurdas Singh
Hunji, Hardial's father, first came to the United States in 1910 from
the Village of Moggowal, District Hoshiarpur, Punjab India, returning
permanently in 1918. Hardial followed in 1948 representing the first generation
of Indian immigrants to the Yuba-Sutter area. He was joined by his mother
Dhanti, wife Kushlia and daughters Ablasha and Amer in 1952. A third daughter
Prem was born in Yuba City's Fremont Hospital, prior to its merger
with Rideout. Kushlia went to college in her later years and became a
well-respected real estate broker. With long hours of hard work, sacrifice
and support of the family, Hardial eventually purchased property and became
a successful farmer. He became a leader in the East Indian community,
contributing selflessly to many charitable organizations, here and abroad.
A Sikh Indian, among his most poignant contributions was donating the
land and funds to build the Sri Narayan Temple in honor of his late wife
whose dream was to build a Hindu temple where all are welcome. Hardial,
at age 100 years young, represents the American dream. His donation pays
tribute to his parents and his late wife and to Rideout
Alex & Stephanie Bumpus & Family
The Bumpus Family Fourth Floor Waiting Area
Alex and Stephanie Bumpus have five children – all girls! They own
and operate Bi-County Ambulance Service, a trusted name in the community
since 1976. The company offers emergency ground ambulance service for
Yuba and Sutter counties. Alex is a member of the Rideout Health Foundation
Board of Directors. He has chaired the Rideout Health Foundation Fairway
to Health fundraising event for the past two years. Together, the Bumpuses
are creating a legacy, a way of saying thanks to an institution that has
been here for everyone for more than 100 years.
The Hilbers Family
The Hilbers Inc. RRMC Fifth Floor Waiting Area
Hilbers Inc.'s, promise is to "build community value into every
one of their projects by delivering professional expertise, exceptional
customer service and quality construction." Their belief in their
hometown and the people who live here is much the same. "People are
our number one priority – and strong, respectful, long-lasting relationships
is always our intent," noted Kurt Hilbers, co-owner of Hilbers Inc.
By donating to the Rideout Health Foundation, the Hilbers family's
generosity directly touches thousands of lives each year.
Venu M. Kondle, MD & Mrs. Sabita Kondle & Family
The Kondle Family RRMC Information Desk
Dr. Venu Kondle and Mrs. Sabita Kondle feel a strong connection to Rideout
Health and to the Yuba Sutter community. Dr. Kondle is an Internal Medicine
and Nephrology physician who serves patients in Yuba and Sutter counties.
He is a member of the Rideout Health Foundation Board. Sabita Kondle is
a seasoned educator and education franchisee owner. The Kondles understand
the importance of education and of health care and they believe in living
by example, so they have included the Rideout Health Foundation in their
giving. They know their donations will make a difference in the lives
The Miller Family
In Memory of Henry S. and Betty S. Miller of Marysville, California
RRMC Admissions Registration Area
Henry and Betty Miller were both dedicated and tireless leaders in the
Yuba Sutter community. Henry founded the Valley Truck and Tractor Company,
now one of the largest John Deere dealerships in the Western United States.
Henry was a long-time director and past president of the Rideout and Fremont
Hospitals and a longtime Rotarian and past president of the Rotary Club
of Marysville. Betty was a homemaker and was active in Rideout Hospital
charities. The couple raised three sons and one daughter – Henry
Jr., John, Libby, and Sam Miller.
Both Henry and Betty held a firm belief that it was important to give back
to the community that supported their family and business.
The Davit Family
The Davit RRMC Waiting Area
Satinder and Saroj Davit are both long-time supporters of Rideout Health.
Saroj spends some of her time as a Rideout Health Auxiliary volunteer.
Through her volunteer work with the hospital she heard about the Rideout
Health Capital Campaign. The Davits' generosity – and the generosity
of all Foundation donors – directly touches patients and families
in our community.