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Irving Symons Award To Be Presented at Benefit Gala


Long-time Tuolumne County residents Bill and Suzy McEntire will be honored at Sonora Regional Medical Center’s 15th annual Joie de Vie Gala when they are presented with the Irving Symons Award for long-term, outstanding community service. The Gala, to be held this year on October 18 at Ironstone Vineyards, will raise funds for the construction of the new Sonora Regional Cancer Center. 

The McEntires have been residents of Tuolumne County for more than 25 years. They have been serving the citizens of the Mother Lode in both the public and private sectors, and have provided volunteer leadership to the business community and the not-for-profit sector alike. 

They developed their semiconductor equipment business from a garage startup to a multi-million- dollar operation and moved it to Tuolumne County in 1986, and created jobs for hundreds of local citizens. They served on the Steering Committees for Sonora Regional Medical Center’s Capital Campaigns for Cancer and Cardiac Care and for a Therapy Pool, and both served as committee members of both the SRMC Golf Classic and the Joie de Vie Gala. They serve in a leadership capacity at St. Patrick’s Church.

Bill was a founding board member of the Tuolumne County Economic Development Corporation; served on the Tuolumne County Revolving Loan Fund Committee for 18 years; was a 10-year member of SCORE; continues to serve as a mentor for small business owners; and has been awarded five U.S. patents. He was also was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 1992, “Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year” in 1994; and received the U.S. “Small Business of the Year, Central Valley” award in 1995.

Suzy was vice chairperson of the board of Central California Bank for eight years and served two terms (six years) as a member on Sonora Regional Medical Center’s Civic Advisory Board.

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 Harvey Rhodes, Ty Wivell and Dick Pland.

Andee Houser, Human Resource Manager at Black Oak Casino Resort is again chairing this year’s Joie de Vie Gala Committee. Assisting her are volunteer committee members Kathren Alexander, Amy Banks, Jan Costa, Kimberly Darr, Katie Dunn, Sally Dunn, Kim Habecost, Sally Kerns, Shari Lyons, Roya Mahmoudi, Lisa Mayo, Angel Royce, Shirley Sarno, Julie von Savoye and Lyn Wilson and Leanne Wolf.

Call 536-5029 for additional information about becoming a sponsor, advertiser or guest at the Gala.