Allison and Rick Mayer, Ambassador Program

As the parents of two busy boys, Allison and Rick Mayer take comfort in having Torrance Memorial Medical Center serving their community.

In fact, the Mayer family has relied on the hospital for four generations. The family's community roots run deep; they've called Palos Verdes 'home' for 47 years and some of you may be familiar with the Mayer Bakery that was in their family for six generations.

Together, Allison and Rick share an extensive history of helping shape their community for the better through philanthropy, volunteering, and activism.

Despite their hectic schedules, four years ago Allison and Rick seized the opportunity to support another worthy cause when they heard about Torrance Memorial's Ambassador Program through its Director of Development, Judy Gassner. Allison emphasizes, "We wanted to help the hospital that has always been there for our family and neighbors to be even better." That's especially important now that the hospital serves even more people since five other area hospitals have closed.

Always one to look out for family, Allison confides, "Both of my own parents didn't have the kind of high-quality care that's available at Torrance, so I want to know, without a doubt, that the best possible level of care is available for my in-laws because I love them."

The Mayers are among a diverse group of Ambassadors, from college students to parents to local businesspersons and physicians, as well as corporations. The program makes it easy to volunteer in many capacities or make monetary donations, large and small to help fund and spread the word about this non-profit hospital's state-of-the-art facilities that rival larger, more famous hospitals. Their vital work partially funds the Burn Center, Cancer Resource Center, Health Education, and Pediatric Rehabilitation.

The Ambassadors also host various benefits and fundraisers throughout the year such as the Summer Golf Tournament and the year-end Holiday Festival. Currently, Allison and Rick are helping with the Silent Auction for their fourth consecutive year.

After a fundraising event Allison hosted at her home for the hospital she recalls, "One of my sons fell off a trampoline, split his eyebrow open, and we were at hospital that very evening. If it wasn't for Torrance Memorial being so close-by, there would have been a lot more stress and a greater distance to travel late at night."

Allison recently had surgery at Torrance Memorial Hospital herself and recounts her stay that reinforced her impassioned support for The Ambassador Program. She says, "I was impressed with the outstanding level of care from the doctors to the support staff. I got to experience the great care they extend to all their patients and I can say from experience that Torrance Memorial is second-to-none."

Allison welcomes and encourages others in the community to get involved with The Ambassadors Program, saying, "The program makes it easy to get involved at a level you're comfortable with. You'll meet amazing people, and work with other Ambassadors while picking up valuable skills from event planning to public relations and much more. In fact, Allison is applying her skills and know-how to her own event planning business start-up called "WOW, It's a Party!" She concludes, "Giving back to the community is very fulfilling."