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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

Mireille Guiliano, former longtime spokesperson for champagne Veuve Clicquot and author of the bestsellers French Women Don’t Get Fat and French Women Don’t Get Facelifts, was the featured speaker at the 4th annual Norma’s Literary Luncheon at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club on February 4, 2016. The memorial tribute to Norma Melchor, generous benefactor of El Camino Hospital, raised funds to establish a dedicated women’s heart program at the Norma Melchor Heart & Vascular Institute that bears her name. Norma’s children, grandchildren, and great granddaughter attended, continuing her husband Jack’s tradition of underwriting the benefit for women’s health services and spreading the family’s generosity throughout the El Camino Hospital community.

Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death for women across the globe and women’s symptoms often differ from those of men. El Camino Hospital’s new women’s heart program, under the medical direction of Dr. Catherine Collings, will educate, diagnose, and treat women in a way that addresses their distinct heart health needs. Guiliano described an approach to eating with pleasure and aging with style that is healthful and also rooted in French culture and history. She advised the rapt audience of 220 women to sit and savor three, well-portioned meals a day, stay active, and focus on how they think and what they can contribute rather than on their age and how they look as they get older.

Event Chair Judie Wolken and Co-chair Betsy Dawes closed the luncheon with the announcement that Anna Quindlen will be the featured speaker at the 5th annual Norma’s Literary Luncheon on February 2, 2017. “Save the date,” Judie concluded, “and remember, reading is good for the heart!”

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Left to right, Liz Melchor, Lindsey Melchor, Kay Melchor, Mireille Guiliano, Judie Wolken, Betsy Dawes, Alice Melchor, Laura Melchor, and Sophia Rose