Priyanka Rana and Simran Thadani were El Camino Hospital Foundation’s distinguished volunteer fundraiser honorees at the 29th annual Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley Philanthropy Day luncheon on November 16, 2017. They were acknowledged for chairing Scarlet Masquerade, the South Asian Heart Center’s gala benefit, which was held on March 18. The sold out “Affair of the Heart” at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga was attended by 304 guests and raised more than $304,450.
“Priyanka and Simran have brought a high level of enthusiasm and creativity in reshaping our annual gala into an event that has successfully broken through fundraising barriers, raising more money than we ever have,” says South Asian Heart Center Executive Director Ashish Mathur. “Despite their busy schedules, they have passionately pursued the cause of the South Asian Heart Center with their hearts, minds, and deeds.”
Also honored that day were longtime Foundation supporters Wim and Maria Roelandts, who were nominated by San Jose State University and named this year’s Outstanding Philanthropists. Wim serves on the Foundation’s board of directors, and Maria was a long time gala committee member. The couple made a leadership donation to name the Mountain View emergency department in memory of Wim’s mother and have been generous supporters of the Cancer Center. “El Camino Hospital and the Foundation are extremely fortunate for the Roelandts’ exceptional commitment, involvement, and generosity,” says Foundation President Jodi Barnard. “We applaud their nomination and are truly grateful for all that they do in our community.”