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St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley Harmony Gala Honors Valerie Boyd and Jeff Gargiulo

Awards & Recognition

For Immediate Release

November 12, 2012

Contact: Joshua Cowan


St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley Harmony Gala Honors Valerie Boyd and Jeff Gargiulo

 On Saturday, November 3, St. Helena Hospital held their 18th annual Foundation gala at Silver Oak Cellars in Oakville. A preliminary total shows that this year’s gala broke all past records, raising more than $1.5M. The event, named Harmony in honor of Valerie Boyd and Jeff Gargiulo, was a testament to the couple’s commitment in support of cardiovascular services at St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley and the Adventist Heart Institute’s comprehensive cardiovascular care in Northern California.

This year’s gala, chaired by David Duncan and co-chaired by Elaine Sczuka, featured entertainment by three of Nashville’s Grammy Award winning country artists: Billy Dean, Monty Powell and Anna Wilson. Close friends of the Gargiulos, the performers added a surprise for the guests when they performed a song composed by David Duncan. Impassioned bidding during the live auction led to netting an all-time high of $260,000 for two truffle dinners with the Araujos. The evening concluded with the Fund-a-Need, raising funds for state-of-the-art cardiac care equipment. Both Valerie and Jeff affirmed that "It was truly a magical night of irrational generosity." 

The Foundation Board and team were thrilled about the financial success of the gala adding to a banner year for St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley, which was recently named by NRC Picker as of a 2012 "Top performing hospital, by patients." President and CEO Terry Newmyer was pleased to see that many of the attendees of the gala have been patients at the hospital and their positive survey responses are, in part, responsible for the achievement of this important award.

"We are so grateful to all the gala attendees for opening up their hearts," says Valerie Gargiulo. "They bid high and often, and with such enthusiasm. This generous support will enable the Heart and Vascular Center at St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley to keep expanding and improving its services to benefit all the residents of Napa, Lake and Mendocino counties."

"This achievement represents a unique, dynamic partnership between the community and St. Helena Hospital," says Steve Herber, MD, FACS, Executive Vice President of St. Helena Hospital. "We have strong hospital advocates in our Foundation Board members, who listen to the community about its concerns and needs for health care. And we have community members who give with amazing generosity of their time and means to fund improvements and leading-edge equipment and technology to ensure that everyone in the community has access to top-quality health care." 


St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 28,700 includes more than 21,000 employees; 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 3,000 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 150 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, six hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit for more information.