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Gala Raises Over $128,000 for New Cancer Center


More than $128,000 was raised at Sonora Regional Medical Center’s 15th annual Joie de Vie Gala at Ironstone Vineyards, a benefit for the new Cancer Center. A capacity, sold-out crowd enjoyed a festive evening that included dinner, silent auction, presentation of the Irving Symons Award, and an update on the Cancer Center project. Musical entertainment was provided by the Nouveaux Arts String Quartet. 

“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 $28,455 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 Bill and Suzy McEntire by hospital president Andrew Jahn. The McEntires have been living in Tuolumne County for more than 25 years and have served the citizens of the Mother Lode in both the public and private sectors. They moved their semiconductor processing furnace business to Tuolumne County in 1988 and created jobs for hundreds of local citizens. They have provided volunteer leadership to the business community and the not-for-profit sector, including Sonora Community Hospital and then Sonora Regional Medical Center. 

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, Ty Wivell and Dick Pland.

Black Oak Casino Resort was the Diamond Sponsor for the Joie de Vie Gala. Gold Sponsors included Andrew and Marlena Jahn, Caldwell Insurance Agency, California Gold Development Corporation, Chicken Ranch Casino, Mihoko Fujita, MD, Artin Mahmoudi, MD, Medical Corporation, Sierra Emergency Medical Group, Timothy Trujillo and Jennifer Neufeld-Trujillo, MD and Yosemite Pathology Group. Silver Sponsors were Adventist Health, Adventist Health-Central Valley Network, Blue Mountain Minerals, Mary Jo Brereton, Century 21 Wildwood Properties, Inc., Clarke Broadcasting, Debbie and Ed Clinite, DO, Cutler-Segerstrom Insurance Agency, Roy and Sheri Disney, Grant Mercantile Agency, JS West Propane Gas, Micro-Tronics Northern California Spine Institute, Susan and Fred Shield, MD and Wheeler & Egger, CPAs. Bronze Sponsors were Affiliates in Imaging, Anchor Pest Control, Michelle Dean, Dodge Ridge, Kim and Charles Habekost, DDS, Oak Valley Community Bank, Olberg Construction and Kate Powell Segerstrom.

All funds raised will be part of the $3 million Capital Campaign for the new Cancer Center.