Our Largest Gala Yet!

Silicon Valley came dressed to the nines and full of spirit to celebrate the 2017 VMC Foundation Annual Gala, “Puttin’ on the Ritz”. It was an amazing evening and we are truly grateful to everyone who participated. This year was the largest year we have seen yet with a whopping 480 attendees. We also raised more than ever, with over $370,000 for Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, ensuring that everyone in our community receives high-quality healthcare regardless of their ability to pay. Truly, this was a magical evening. To view all the pictures from this year’s event, head to our Facebook page and check out our photo album!

The VMC Foundation has so many people to thank for making this year’s gala a success. A special thanks to our event partners, Parsley, Sage Rosemary, & Thyme, Photography By Busa, Modern Collective Dance Co., Nothing Bundt Cakes, Spotlight Entertainment, Black Olive Jazz, Vintage Wine Merchants, Citti’s Florist, Almaden Press, Method42, Burrell School Vineyards & Wine, Corinthian Ground Transportation Services and Hensley Event Rentals. We are also hugely grateful to our event committee for their tireless work compiling an amazing live and silent auction, which raised a record-breaking amount for VMC. And, of course, our deepest thanks to the many event and table sponsors, without whom our gala would not be possible!

If you weren’t able to join us this year for the VMC Foundation Annual Gala, “Puttin’ on the Ritz”, we hope to see you next year. And as always, thank you to our champions and supporters!





SCVMC Medical Executive Committee



Hugh Stuart Charitable Trust

Karen von Holtz


AbbVie Logitech/Jonathan Johnson
Asterias Biotherapeutics Dennis Low
Bristol-Myers Squibb Maricich Health
CareMeridian, LLC Joe Parisi
Centre for Neuro Skills Rehab Without Walls
Karen Dang Registered Nurses Professional Association
Charles Davidson Foundation Robert Lee & Associates
Marcelle Dougan Rutan & Tucker, LLP
Christina Egan – SCVMC Volunteer Services Santa Clara Family Health Plan
Elaine Elkin SCVMC OBGYN
FIRST 5 Santa Clara County SCVMC Newborn Medicine
Gardner Health Services SCVMC Physical Medicine & Rehab
Dolly Goel & Friends SCVMC Senior Leadership
The Health Trust John A. & Susan Sobrato
Heritage Bank Sorci Family Foundation
Hitachi Data Systems Toeniskoetter Family Foundation
HomeStreet Bank Turner Construction
Earl Johnson Union Bank
Learning Services Corporation

We also want to thank our event sponsors & gala committee!

Judy Cosgrove, Karen Dang, Elaine Elkin, Joseph J. Albanese, Inc., George Kahwaty, Caryn Laird, Anita Lorenz, Karen Roberts, City of San Jose Councilmember Don Rocha, San Jose Water Company, Silva Watson Moonwalk Fund, Michelle Tipton-Burton, Kristine von Holtz, Chris Worrall

The VMC Foundation Annual Gala, “Puttin’ on the Ritz”

Join us for the party of the year!

The VMC Foundation Annual Gala, “Puttin’ on the Ritz” is happening on September 23, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Villa Ragusa in downtown Campbell.

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Experience a 1920’s Jazz Club inspired evening with music by Black Olive Jazz

Dazzle in 1920’s or black-tie attire

Savor the delectable cuisine of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme.

Taste great local artisan wines.

Bid on unique auctions items.

Dance the night away with DJ Haun Solo

Feel the love knowing that all proceeds go to the VMC Foundation, and benefit Santa Clara Valley Medical Center – the public health & hospital system of Silicon Valley

Our First Ever Scavenger Hunt!

Events & Adventures presents;
The VMC Foundation Scavenger Hunt

A creative and fun way to help raise funds for Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC).

SCVMC is the largest and busiest hospital in the Silicon Valley region, and the only one that provides care to all, regardless of ability to pay. The VMC Foundation is the nonprofit organization that helps make it happen by raising donations from the community.

Come out and help us raise much needed dollars in a unique and creative way. All the while hanging out with friends and having a good time doing it.

Here’s the plan:
Prior to the event, you will create your team of 5. On Sunday, July 23rd we will meet at Rookies Sports Lodge Downtown, 99 S First St. San Jose at 1PM. With your team, we will go over the rules of the game, grab a pre-event cocktail and head out on a fun scavenger hunt! The hunt will last about 2 hours, and after we will reconvene for food, drinks, and prizes!

Now, what makes this scavenger hunt a unique volunteer opportunity is that all the participants will be fundraising while playing! The scavenger hunt has been created to earn points for items obtained. Every item secured in the scavenger hunt should be able to be used in the VMC Foundation’s silent auction. We will provide all the tools needed to procure items from local vendors such as gift cards, hotel stays, and priceless opportunities! Of course, we will also have fun challenges and questions along the way to score some extra points!

The team that finishes with the most points will get an awesome prize sponsored by Logitech! Drinks and snacks will be provided at the end of the hunt while the scores are being tallied.

A few things that will be helpful to bring:
– A car with a full tank (yes, you will have the option to travel during the hunt – it’s not necessary, but might just give you that extra edge. Just make sure you have room for your teammates!)
– A fully charged smart phone (trust me, you will want it – lots of points will be earned by using your phone!)
– A GPS unit
– A pen & notepad
– Running shoes (this is a competition!)

Start creating your teams now & don’t miss this fun event!

Grant from El Camino Healthcare District Brings Smiles to Sunnyvale


Thanks to a grant from El Camino Healthcare District, low-income patients in north county are able to receive top-notch dental care at the Valley Health Center Sunnyvale clinic. Over the past year, VHC Sunnyvale has served 874 dental patients, performing emergency, restorative, and maintenance dental procedures. 94% of the patients served are eligible for the Medi-Cal Dental Program.

A patient recently shared: “The services that I have received in the last year are absolutely above and beyond the ordinary. As a low-income senior I truly appreciate these exceptional services.”

El Camino Healthcare District has been a long-time supporter of dental services provided at VHC Sunnyvale, and we are very grateful! Click here to learn more about ECHD’s Community Benefit Plan for 2017.

Can’t get enough of 2016? Check out our Annual Report

We are pleased to share our 2016 Annual Report, highlighting the terrific people and projects that made last year a special one.  The report also includes our Includes Independent Auditors’ Report and Financial Statements.

To read the report, visit our “Publications” page under the “About” menu, or click here.

The party before the party!

We’re trying something new this year; a party to get ready for another party.

The VMC Foundation Annual Gala “Puttin’ on the Ritz” will be held on September 23rd, 2017 at Villa Ragusa in Campbell, CA.   This is the party you know and love (and will hopefully sponsor/attend).

But to ensure that our gala has the amazing silent and live auctions that it always does, we’ve organized a special “Gala Gift Gathering Party” prior to the actual event. Join us on June 9th, 2017 from 4:30PM-7:30PM for drinks, food, and a live performance from Scared of Spiders (Chris Wilder’s jazz trio), all while raising donations for the VMC Foundation! (Location will be emailed after RSVP)

It’s a casual event that’s free* to attend.  And you’re invited!

What is the Gala Gift Gathering Party?

The Gala Gift Gathering Party is a casual get-together designed specifically to “gather gift items” for our auction. The reception will be held in the home of our own generous Debbie Burdsall and offers a fun and convenient way to donate your auction gift. The required gift minimum is $50 in value, but of course the more the better!*

Size is limited and reservations are taken in the order received. Please bring your donation and completed forms with you. Download the Auction Donation form here.

Suggested items to consider as a donation:

* Dinners/Hosted Parties

* Community Items (Gas Gift Certificates, Oil Change Certificates, Manual Labor, Construction work)

* Restaurant Certificates

* Computers/iPads/etc.

* Vacation homes

* Experiences (Hot air ballooning, Kayaking, Ski & Snowboarding passes)

* Sports Memorabilia

* SF Giants/Golden State Warriors/SJ Sharks/SF 49ers/Stanford Tickets

* Fine Wine & Champagne

* Golf Packages

* Jewelry

* Cash Donation

* A unique item or package that no one else has or can get!


To RSVP, please email Julie Ott with how many guests will be attending and their names. Can’t wait to see you there!

Chris’s essay in the Mercury News…

In case you missed it (or want to read it again, like the way some of us watch The Breakfast Club over and over), this was published in the Mercury News on March 22:

As you may know, the President’s first budget draft eliminates funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, and for the Corporation for National Service. His first take on a health care bill – the one designed to replace the Affordable Care Act – slashes Medi-Cal expansion and would leave millions without coverage.

I feel strongly about this. See, not long ago I chaired the board at San Jose Jazz, and today I work closely with Silicon Valley Creates. I know well the good they do, and what will be lost if they go away.

Longer ago I ran City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley, the premiere AmeriCorps program in the South Bay. I know well the good it does. I also know what will be lost if it goes away.

And for thirteen years I’ve run the foundation at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. I’ve gotten my health care at SCVMC that whole time…just like thousands of individuals and families who need primary care or the unique, specialty care our public hospital provides. One in four residents of Santa Clara County have recently used or rely on SCVMC, just like me.

Yes, we very well know the good it does.

You of course remember the “ice bucket challenge” of 2014, a clever idea that went viral and raised tons of well-deserved money for ALS research. Dump ice on your head, film it, post it, and donate to ALS…fun! More than fun in fact: The ice bucket challenge introduced a whole new group of people to the idea that giving to a cause is helpful and even feels good and makes you happy. Again, fun!

Well I think it’s high time for a less-fun, but equally important idea to go viral: Donate now to the nonprofits you love who are under attack. Not everyone is comfortable writing to congress or marching in the streets (which is still vital), but donating to the charities that will be impacted by these proposed cuts is another great way to channel your anger toward something positive.

You ARE angry, aren’t you? This isn’t even political, really: You don’t need to be a liberal or democrat to appreciate jazz, or a museum or the ballet. I served on San Jose Jazz’s board with conservatives and progressives alike. Through City Year, I met Bill Clinton and John McCain and Carly Fiorina, all of whom appreciated the ideals of national service.

And I’ve met Republicans and Democrats whose lives were saved by our county’s trauma team.

I can’t guess about San Jose Jazz or City Year, but here’s something certain: SCVMC isn’t going anywhere. Your public hospital has been here since 1876 and has weathered all kinds of storms. Its leaders and doctors and nurses are a brilliant team, and our county leadership is determined and resolved. This new storm, however, will bring challenges. And simply put, it makes me angry.

Now is absolutely the time for a new wave of viral philanthropy. If you’re angry about any effort to stop federal funding for arts programs that make our communities vibrant and exciting, donate to your local arts council. If you’re steamed about destroying the Corporation for National Service and the democracy it builds in our nation’s young people, give to your local favorite AmeriCorps program.

And if you’re upset about low-income families losing coverage while the wealthy see a reduction in cost, or about the very idea that some deserve quality health care while others perhaps don’t…well, there’s a public hospital foundation that could really use your help.


You don’t even need to dump ice on your head.

Great Highway event raised 100k+ for Neonatal ICU

The Redwood City-based event center The Great Highway hosted their annual Lobster Feed on February 4th with one thing on their mind – babies! Founder Rozalyn Mendence toured VMC in early 2016 and was inspired by the life-saving work of VMC staff of the Neonatal ICU (NICU). As she learned, the VMC Foundation was actively fundraising to replace the Giraffe Bed isolettes that house the newborns during their first weeks of life in the NICU. The machines simulate the safety and conditions of a mother’s womb and help VMC staff save lives. Roz committed to raising $40,000 at her annual fundraiser, almost double what they raised last year, enough to buy a single Giraffe Bed unit.

With her partner Gary Pollack, Roz got to work and organized the most successful Lobster Feed in her company’s history. Over $100,000 was pledged! Which means we aren’t just buying ONE giraffe bed, we’re buying TWO! The event was attended by over 150 of their friends and colleagues and was truly memorable. From giant boats of lobsters to pristine classic cars, a signature drink (the “Oh Baby”) and giraffe themed decorations, this event was eye catching, fun and inspiring. Thank you The Great Highway for a night we will never forget.

Our new Information Kiosk (yes, it really is a big deal…)

Me, my hat (it was cold), Kim Lopez and two excellent volunteers showing the way.

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center just got a little easier to visit, and a little more welcoming!

We’re so proud of our new information kiosk, purchased through generous donations from VMC Foundation supporters. It’s sturdy, wired for electricity, and expertly constructed. It’s even kinda cute; you can’t see in the photo, but it has a tiny Spanish tiled roof.  I was so thrilled when it arrived last week, and was curious to learn how much of a difference it would make.

So, to find out, I spent time there today volunteering. Wow—what an education I got!

Most hospital campuses are huge and sprawling, and ours is bigger than most…and let’s face it: Most of our visitors and patients would rather be somewhere else. They arrived stressed, sick, confused, emotional—and then suddenly have to decide which building is their destination. Signage can be missed, but what cannot be is a friendly face eager to help. Our volunteers are amazing, speak many languages, and now have a station where they can provide a comforting word, a map, and the encouragement of “You’re in the right place; it’s just there, through those doors.”

In the time I spent with our volunteers today, I watched and helped them direct an elderly couple to the Sobrato Cancer Center. A frightened woman was shown our urology clinic. A man, obviously not feeling well, got to the Express Care center with no trouble. Absent our kiosk and the team inside, I’m convinced their experiences would have been less positive. I mean, it’s hard finding your way around any complex set of buildings (remember your first day of middle school)…and when you’re under the weather, it’s much harder.

That’s why, I’m convinced, that another frequent request is “Can you help me find my car?” When parking in a 5-story garage, and your mind is on a loved one who is hospitalized…well, you get the picture. We’ve all done it, and nothing takes the edge off like having someone there to help you.

This is just one more way that your public hospital is making the experience better for everyone…and we at the VMC Foundation are so pleased to have helped make this possible. If you are a donor, THANK YOU, because YOU helped make this tiny bit of new real estate a reality. And as small as it is, it’s already making a BIG difference every hour, every day.

My final interaction before I left the kiosk was a man who approached and said “This is where I get information?” I told him it was.

“Great. What’s the capital of South Dakota?”

Support the VMC Foundation on Giving Tuesday

November 29th is Giving Tuesday, a national day of selfless generosity around the annual shopping and spending season – and we’re asking for your support.

For today only – all donations we receive, up to $5,000, will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a very generous donor. Click here to donate.


The kindhearted donor who offered this match is Judy Cosgrove, the VMC Foundation’s former Major Gifts Officer. Most recently, Judy served as a rockstar member of our Board of Directors. Judy is a dedicated and tireless advocate for Valley Medical Center.

Please take a moment to show your support for the life-saving care provided by Valley Medical Center, home to San Jose’s only Level 1 Trauma Center. This is a service any of us could rely on in case of a serious accident, regardless of where you typically receive your healthcare.

Giving Tuesday is a great way to balance the consumerism marked by Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the rest of the holiday season. Please join us by making a gift to the VMC Foundation today, and have it doubled. Click here to make a secure donation.