A great night…but do I have to drive?

A HUGE thanks to the Silicon Valley Business Travel Association for throwing a super party Friday night: Vino & Vistas, held at the Silver Creek Valley Country Club was a thing to behold! First, the wine was fabulous. Second, the auction items were amazing. Third, and more amazing: David Garibaldi!
That’s him painting John Lennon – while the crowd cheered and The Beatles music played…six minutes later, and he’s done. Astounding.

After auctioning David’s paintings (thanks to all who bid), the Grand Finale of the evening: Pulling the winning raffle ticket for the Model A Shay. Trouble was, the winner was NOT in the room, which of course meant someone had to drive the 1929-replica car back to its covered garage.

You guessed it. Me!

Fun? Sure, but challenging: No insturment panel lights in an antique car, and with the windsreen coming up to my neck, hearing the engine was tough. I shifted gears using guesswork and vibration…all the time glad that Valley Medical Center was nearby, with it’s top trauma team at the ready.

I’m kidding – sort of. Seriously, THANKS to all the volunteers, our staff, and all who made VINO & VISTAS 2008 a huge success!

Hooray for FISH!

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday was our big “Festival of Books” – part of the VMC Foundation’s Reach Out and Read Program. Did you know our pediatricians give away free books to every young child during their checkups at all SCVMC’s clinics? We’re talking thousands of books every month, helping send the message that literacy is PART of good health! First 5 Santa Clara County is our big champion on this program, and we sure appreciate them.

Anyway, yesterday in front of VMC, we held a great festival with scores of kids making books, eating healthy snacks, listening to stories read by our top MD’s and VMC Foundation Board Chair Leah, and ME…yes, I got to read my new favorite book “Hooray for Fish!”

Stripy fish, ele-fish, happyfish…one young mom brought her identical quadruplet boys to hear the story (she’s some kind of superhero). Three of the boys were busy running around VMC’s lawn, but one was transfixed by my crazy reading skills. Then, at the end of the book, I was paid the highest compliment you can get from a 3-year-old:


What a great day – thanks to Loralie, Al, Steve, Leah, and all the great volunteers who made it such a success. We’ll do this event “again!”

The season’s best party, at a time when help is most needed

At the VMC Foundation, we work to ensure you know why your donation makes such a difference: The Santa Clara Valley Heatlh & Hospital System, your community’s safety net, is struggling to serve literally thousands of people every day that seek medical care across Silicon Valley…at a time when resources are scarce.

But we also work to make it FUN to support us – so, please join us for Vino & Vistas!

This amazing party happens May 9 at the stunning Silver Creek Valley Country Club in San Jose. We’ll be pouring the finest wines in the Santa Cruz Mountains, serve you a sumptuous dinner, and provide entertainment that will leave you breathless.

The cost is just $125 – a bargain for what the Mercury News called one of the best events of 2007. For your tickets, and more information, click here: www.vmcfoundation.org/vinoandvistas

Don’t miss this spectacular event – and feel free to call us with any questions: 408-885-5299. Thanks!