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Spring Forward

Friends and supporters of El Camino Health gathered at Los Altos Golf & Country Club for Spring Forward on Saturday, May 18, 2019. The gala benefit celebrated the Scrivner Center for Mental Health & Addiction Services and soon-to-open Taube Pavilion. Honorary Chairs Tad and Dianne Taube and Mary and Doug Scrivner were recognized for their transformational gifts. The event raised nearly $160,000 for the addiction services program. Guests dined at gourmet food stations and heard a riveting presentation by addiction medicine expert Dr. Omar Manejwala. The evening concluded with dessert and dancing to the upbeat music of Tony Lindsay and the Soul Soldiers. Read more.

A Night on the Scarlet Express

Nearly 200 philanthropists, physicians, community leaders and supporters attended A Night on the Scarlet Express at the Computer History Museum on March 23, 2019. The gala benefit raised $236,000 for the South Asian Heart Center and shined a spotlight on the Center’s unique health coaching program. Read more.

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Scarlet Express Committee L-R: Chitra Jayaraman, Vijeyta Aggarwal, Rita Sharma, Prerana Vaidya, Bhavna Agarwal, Shweta Jain, Nivisha Mehta, Sarita Dixit, Namrita Goyal, Simran Thadani
Scarlet Express 2019
Namrita and Sunny Goyal
Keynote Speaker - Gopi Kallayil
Gala Fundraising Chairs Prerana Vaidya and Bhavna Agarwal with Assemblymember Ash Kalra
Sheetal Singhal and Navin Sahni
Rita and Vineet Sharma, Murali and Priya Dharan

Norma's Literary Luncheon

Marta McDowell, who writes about horticulture and garden history, was the featured speaker at the 7th annual Norma’s Literary Luncheon, which took place at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club on February 7, 2019. The memorial tribute to El Camino Health benefactor Norma Melchor raised more than $160,000 for the Free Mammogram Program. Read more.

Norma's Literary Luncheon
Norma's Literary Luncheon
Norma's Literary Luncheon
Norma's Literary Luncheon
Judie Wolken,  Jennifer Everett,  C.B. Watts,  Patty Stone,  Lynn Kern, Fran Codispoti,  Anne-Claire Osman,  Lynn Carmichael, Lynne Farrell,  Sharron Carleton
Donna Shoemaker, Dr. Silaja Yitta, Elizabeth Furst, Laurie Panfil, Ann Horstmann, Mary Scrivner, Zaza Wu, Karen Cottle, Mary Merkert, Barbara Slaton
Barbara Greensweig,  Anne Marie Kelly,  Linda Brummer,  Susan Smith,  Lois Boyd,  Kathy Brinckerhoff, Joan Rosselle,  Susan Finocchio,  Betsy Dawes,  Lindsay Ehrman
L to R:  Alice Melchor, Marta McDowell, Mary Scrivner, Judie Wolken, Betsy Dawes, Lindsey Melchor with Olivia and Lucy, Alice Melchor, Lane Melchor
Images provided by Mike Ichikawa.

23rd Annual El Camino Heritage Golf Tournament

The 23rd annual El Camino Heritage Golf Tournament was a spooktacular affair. The Halloween-themed benefit was held at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club on October 29, 2018. One hundred twenty eight golfers enjoyed a beautiful day on the course and more than 200 guests attended the reception, costume contest, celebration dinner and live auction. The tournament raised more than $200,000 for the Norma Melchor Heart & Vascular Institute. Read more.

Doug Scrivner, Chuck Horstmann, Tom Stroud, Marty Putnam
Bryan Hooppaw, Lane Melchor, Kathy Palmer, Lindsey Melchor
Amy Maher, Paul Lang, Barbara Lang, Jodi Barnard, John van Blitter,  Michele Kirsch
Drs. Chad Rammohan and Daniel Kaiser teed up the fund-in-need appeal
Uwe Kladde, Donna Whitney, Steve Rossi, John Conover
Rich Martoglio, Curt Mason, Mark Thorpe, Russ Satake
Jim Joye, DO, Rick Sanchez, Allan Walsworth, Fred St. Goar, MD
The Spice Girls, Shizuko Unrue, Jill Bergman, Leah Bauer and Sicy Simoes won the costume contest for best duo or group
Gail King and Golf Tournament Chair Ken King won the costume contest for most creative costume
Images provided by Doorstep Photography.

Fulfilling the Promise

At a press conference on November 7, 2014, the Foundation kicked off Fulfilling the Promise, the fundraising initiative for mental health services at El Camino Hospital. It was an opportunity to introduce the hospital's plans for expanding its mental health program to meet a serious and growing demand for care, even as other health providers are reducing services. This includes developing plans for a new, flexibly configured inpatient facility that can be adapted to meet changing needs and the expansion of outpatient programs, particularly for women, youth and seniors.

Donna and John Shoemaker, who are steering this effort as chairs of the Foundation's Philanthropy Council for Mental Health and who recently made their own $1 million gift, explained their reasons for taking the lead and encouraged others to join them. The press conference also provided an opportunity to highlight El Camino Hospital's patient and family-centered approach to mental health care, including its commitment to ensure appropriate discharge and follow-up planning, as well as its efforts to partner with other community providers as we work on a coordinated approach to addressing our region's mental health care needs. Click on an image to see a larger version.

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Donna Shoemaker at the podium during the press conference event for Fulfilling the Promise, the fundraising initiative for mental health services at El Camino Hospital


Russ Satake is chair of the El Camino Hospital Foundation Board of Directors.  Bob Adams is a past chair.


Carol Proffitt, Stan Fischman, MD, and Jodi Barnard, president of El Camino Hospital Foundation


John Shoemaker at the podium during the press conference event for Fulfilling the Promise, the fundraising initiative for mental health services at El Camino Hospital


Members of the Behavioral Health Services medical team, Katherine Taylor, MD, Thomas Havel, MD, Nirmaljit Dhami, MD, and Tomi Ryba President and CEO


Lindsay Ehrman, Senior Philanthropy Officer, Jack Melchor and Tomi Ryba, President and CEO


Jim and Marla de Broekert


Michael Fitzgerald is executive director of Behavioral Health Services, Uwe and Donna Kladde

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