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 $373,000
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 treatment.
Gurdev & Satinder Thiara
The G.S. Thiara RRMC Emergency Department $200,000
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
Sarbjit & Prabhjot Johl
In Honor of Gurbax Singh Johl & Jaswant Kaur Johl
The Johl Emergency Department Waiting Area & The Johl RRMC Lobby Waiting Area $150,000
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 $50,000
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 $50,000
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 Eye Foundation.
Sonny & Bobby Samara
RRMC Imaging Wait/Reception Area $50,000
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 $50,000
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 $25,000
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 $25,000
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 $25,000
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 of others.
The Miller Family
In Memory of Henry S. and Betty S. Miller of Marysville, California
RRMC Admissions Registration Area $25,000
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 $15,000
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.