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Brett Johnson
President, NorthBay Healthcare Foundation (707) 646-3130

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Executive Assistant (707) 646-3131

Tim Johnson
Financial Analyst (707) 646-3132

Jane Schilling
Director of Volunteer Services (707) 646-4211

Golf & Tennis Classic Set for July 14

NorthBay Guild's 31st Annual Golf & Tennis Classic will take place on Monday, July 14 at the Green Valley Country Club.

Funds raised during this popular event will help support NorthBay's trauma program. This is the fourth year of support in a five-year commitment by the NorthBay Guild, says Jane Hilliard, NorthBay's director of Volunteer Services.

At the day-long event, golfers will find food and beverages donated by local merchants, as well as games of chance, at many of the tees. Tennis buffs can sign up to play in singles or doubles matches, and will be offered treats and lunch.  

The day will include a buffet dinner and awards presentation. 

The event is popular among golfers and tennis buffs, and slots fill up quickly. To reserve your spot, go to or call (707) 646-4210 or (707) 646-4211.


An Investment Challenge to Build Better Communities

By Brett Johnson
President, NorthBay Healthcare Foundation

A tremendous gift was delivered to two hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland in early April. The gift of $100 million was made to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital in Oakland. The funds, from Marc and Lynne Benioff, will be split between these two facilities that had formed an alliance this year to jointly conduct medical research and offer comprehensive medical care.

This is the second donation to UCSF made by the Benioffs, who had granted $100 million to the hospital in 2010, as well as millions more to support programs that focus on children's health, homeless families and public education, primarily in San Francisco.


Memorializing Loved Ones

bricks The brick walkway leading to the entrance of new Green Valley Health Plaza building will literally be paved with memories and loving tributes.

Those memories and tributes can be affixed to nearly 1,300 specially designed memorial bricks that will be set in the "Legacy and Reflection Garden" just outside the new building's entrance. These special bricks can be fitted with an engraved brass plaque that can serve as lasting and loving tribute to friends, family members and co-workers.  


Alzheimer Walk

Alzheimer Walk

Would you take part in a fundraising activity if you knew that half--or more--of the funds raised were coming right back to NorthBay?

That's the unprecedented incentive being offered by the national Alzheimer's Association to nonprofits that participate in their Walk to End Alzheimer's fundraising event.

The caveat is that the nonprofit organization must offer a service that serves individuals and families affected byAlzheimer's Disease. The organization must put together a team and raise at least $4,999; if the team raises more than that, the return to the nonprofit is 60 percent of all funds raised, according to Sandy Perez, manager of the NorthBay Adult Day Center.


Auto Group Keeps Giving Back

Momentum Auto Group of Fairfield has already donated a car valued up to $25,000 to the 2013 Solano Wine & Food Jubilee, and the lucky winner cashed in her prize within days of receiving it.

The multi-dealer group is looking to support NorthBay even more.

Momentum Auto Group will donate $500 to the NorthBay Healthcare Foundation for every vehicle a NorthBay employee purchases from the dealer group, in support of NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement programs, up to $20,000.


Riders Lining Up for R2D2

Early October offers beautiful weather for a bike ride, and especially one that will benefit NorthBay's Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology.

The Second Annual Ride to Defeat Diabetes is set for Sunday, October 6, and riders are already signing up to take part, reports Ken McCollum, vice president, Human Resources. In addition to serving as a fundraiser for diabetes education projects, the event should also raise awareness of the benefits of diet and exercise to fight the effects of the disease.  

There are three separate rides, a 10-mile ride to the unincorporated area of Elmira, with the former Sierra Vista elementary school as a rest stop and beyond, which should be just perfect for families and children. There are also 25-mile and 60-mile rides for more serious cyclists. All rides will start at NorthBayVacaValley Hospital, 1000 Nut Tree Road in Vacaville.

The 60-mile ride departs at 7:30 a.m., the 25-mile ride at 8 a.m., and the 10-mile ride will depart at 10 a.m.

The10-mile ride is free for children age 16 and under, 17 and up will register for $30. There is a $50 registration fee for the 25-mile ride, and the 60-mile ride registration fee is $75. T-shirts, a raffle ticket, lunch and refreshments will be provided for registered riders. You can register online through the NorthBay website at

Calling all Divas: Girls' Night Out to Feature Hypnotist

The NorthBay Center for Women's Health and Spirit of Women's Annual Girls Night Out is Friday, Oct. 4, at the NorthBay Healthcare Administration Building in Green Valley.

Headlining this year's event is Hypno Diva Marsha Starr. Trained in Las Vegas by the distinguished comedy hypnosis headliner at Planet Hollywood, Starr brings her expertise to the stage in a show that's defined as a fast-paced, action-packed roller coaster ride of hilarity.

Starr has been delighting, enthralling and mesmerizing audiences of all ages from California to New York, where she was featured on Broadway.

The evening's theme is "You've Come a Long Way, Baby" and 1920s Speakeasy attire is encouraged. Boutique shopping is from noon to 7:30 p.m. The show begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $35 for general admission; $125 for Diva tickets. Proceeds benefit the NorthBay Women's Health Service Line. For further information, visit

Glorious Day at Green Valley for Golf, Tennis

On the same day that NorthBay Healthcare successfully submitted paperwork in its application to become a Level II Trauma Center, the NorthBay Guild rallied local tennis players and golfers to step up, raising more than $50,000 for the program.

"We're all in," said an exuberant Kathy Richerson, vice president and chief nursing officer, from her post at the golf registration station. She proudly displayed a copy of the receipt from the county, confirming all the paperwork was submitted.

"It was official as of 9:15 a.m. today (July 15)," confirmed Heather Venezio, trauma program director, who spent the day on Hole No. 15 of the Green Valley golf course with Sandy Bauman, clinical manager of the Emergency Departments, pouring drinks for participants and taking "fantasy photos" of them with an "Operation"-style, trauma-themed cut-out board.


Memorial service set for Jim Lawrenz

jim lawrence NorthBay Healthcare's Green Valley Administration Center will host a special memorial service at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 31 for Jim Lawrenz, community philanthropist and longtime NorthBay supporter.

A retired airline pilot, the 67-year-old Vacaville resident was currently serving as chairman of the Board of Directors of NorthBay Healthcare Foundation, the fundraising arm of the organization.

He died at home on Tuesday morning, July 9, after a long battle with cancer.

"Jim and his wife, Heidi Campini, have been wonderful ambassadors for us for many, many years," remarked Gary Passama, President and CEO of NorthBay Healthcare. "His leadership and his even-handed, classy approach to the work of the Foundation were great assets for us. He will be missed, but remembered, for a very long, long time."


Jubilee Fans, Time is Running Out

Procrastinators, your time has come.
Tickets to the 2013 Solano Wine & Food Jubilee are selling fast, and if you don't act faster, your opportunity to attend Solano County's "parties of all parties" may have passed.