Event Photos

Event Photos

Sapphire Soirée - 2015 Gala

On Saturday, May 16, 2015, 450 guests gathered at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton for El Camino Hospital Foundation’s fifth annual Sapphire Soirée. Proceeds will be used to establish a Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Program at El Camino Hospital to promote cancer wellness and early diagnosis through education, research, and testing. Read more about this year’s Sapphire Soirée.

Fulfilling the Promise: The Scrivner Challenge

At a press conference on April 20, Los Altos Hills residents Mary and Doug Scrivner announced a $1 million gift to start an endowment for ASPIRE, El Camino Hospital’s adolescent mental health program. They are challenging the community to help fully fund it. “We are making an investment in the future of our community,” said Doug, as he invited community members to participate and noted the challenge would double the impact of their gifts.

"El Camino Hospital has a spirit, an energy, a magic that creates a culture where people can be bigger than themselves," said Mary, as she explained their decision to become involved. "That is what ASPIRE means for us today. We recognize that mental wellness and suicide issues for adolescents in our community are clear and alarming. We can make a difference through education, which is what ASPIRE is all about. "

Dr. Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos School District, which broke ground by giving academic credit to students who complete ASPIRE, told the assembled audience that mental health services are the number one need in his school district. He spoke of students who are in danger of harming themselves or others, at risk for drug abuse, school refusal, and serious anxiety and depression, at a time that county mental health services have been cut more than fifty percent. "We love the ASPIRE program. It is great for our kids" he said. "We thank the donors and the hospital for this partnership. It makes a big difference."

The ASPIRE endowment will provide funding to expand the program and alleviate waiting lists, develop tailored curriculums for middle school and college students, and meet emerging needs that cannot be anticipated today.

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Fulfilling the Promise

At a press conference on November 7, 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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Norma's Literary Luncheon

Author and screenwriter Delia Ephron was the featured speaker at the 3rd annual Norma’s Literary Luncheon on February 5, 2015. One hundred eighty guests attended the memorial tribute to longtime El Camino Hospital benefactor Norma Melchor and contributed more than $75,000 to support women’s mental health services. Ephron’s touching and humorous account of growing up in a chaotic household underscored the importance of expanding programs to provide psychological healing for more women and a better future for their children. The event was underwritten by a gift from Norma’s husband Jack Melchor and organized by chairs Judie Wolken and Betsy Dawes. Planning is already underway for the 4th annual literary luncheon, which will be held on February 4, 2016 at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club. MIreille Guiliano, author of French Women Don’t Get Facelifts, will be the featured speaker.

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Left to right, Laura Melchor, Liz Melchor, Judie Wolken, Pamela Taft, Jack Melchor, Delia Ephron, Kay Melchor, Betsy Dawes, and Alice Melchor