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Gala Raises Over $110,000 for New Cancer Center

Event More than $110,000 was raised at the 14th Joie de Vie Gala at Ironstone Vineyards, a benefit for the new Cancer Center. 290 guests learned of the plans for the project from Medical Center president Andrew Jahn. The evening’s musical entertainment was provided by Alan Weaver Copeland on piano and John Kikagawa on bass. Visual entertainment was provided by Corey West Watson and 6-year-old son Joel Watson who painted a large canvas to hang in the soon-to-be-built Cancer Center. 

“It is heartwarming to witness the outpouring of support from our community,” stated Gail Witzlsteiner, Director of the Foundation. “The Joie de Vie Gala Committee worked very hard this year to raise $25,990 at the silent auction. Guests seemed to enjoy themselves and we raised money for a very important cause. I am so appreciative of the generous support of our donors and the tremendous help of the Joie de Vie Gala committee members and volunteers.” 

The Irving Symons Award for outstanding, long-term community service was presented to Dick Pland by hospital president Jahn. Pland, a 57 year resident of Tuolumne County, has been serving the citizens of the Mother Lode for decades. Here are some of the organizations that he currently, or has previously worked with: Tuolumne County Board of Supervisor for 16 years, Retired Vice-President of Fibreboard Wood Products Co., Chair -Tuolumne County Planning Commission, 30-year member of the Tuolumne Co. Board of Education, Past Director of the California Forestry Association, Board Member of TuCARE and a 15-year member of local bank board. Dick was the recipient of the 1990 California Logger of the Year Award and was honored with the “Excellence in Government” awards from TuCare and the Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce. 

The Irving Symons Award, named after the late Irving Symons, recognizes long-term, outstanding community service. Former recipients include Irving Symons, Frank Salel, H. Randolph Holder, Robert Cutler, Pete Kerns, Pete and Sue Kleinert, Joe Martin, Chuck and Willy Evans, Mary Laveroni, Pat and Dusty Rhodes, and Ty Wivell. 

The Joie de Vie Gala was sponsored by Black Oak Casino Resort, Andrew and Marlena Jahn, Caldwell Insurance Agency, Chicken Ranch Casino, Roy and Sheri Disney, Mihoko Fujita, MD, Sierra Emergency Medical Group, Adventist Health, Blue Mountain Minerals, Mary Jo Brereton, California Gold Development Corp., Century 21 Wildwood Properties, Inc., Clarke Broadcasting, Debbie and Ed Clinite, DO, Drs. Brian Carlson and Rodney Eddi, Grant Mercantile Agency, Kate Powell Segerstrom, Northern California Spine Institute, Yosemite Pathology Medical Group, Affiliates in Imaging, Cutler-Segerstrom Insurance Agency, Delta Blood Bank, Dodge Ridge, Elekta, Inc., Brenda Forrest, MD, JS West Propane Gas, Gretchen and Airell Nygaard, MD, Oak Valley Community Bank, Olberg Construction and Sonora Grocery Outlet. 

Andee Houser, Human Resource Manager at Black Oak Casino Resort chaired the Joie de Vie Gala Committee. She was assisted by committee members Kathren Alexander, Amy Banks, Jan Costa, Kimberly Darr, Katie Dunn, Sally Dunn, Leanne Wolf, Kim Habekost, Sally Kerns, Shari Lyons, Lisa Mayo, Shirley Sarno, Julie von Savoye and Lyn Wilson.