Novas Commence with Foundation Gifts
Graduating seniors of Novas, a teen volunteer group, celebrated a successful fundraising effort at the annual Grand Finale Awards Dinner at the Double Tree Hotel. The group of teen volunteers and Luminaries, a volunteer support group comprised of the Nova's parents, presented a combined donation of $5,000 to the Health Care Foundation at the event. They also presented a number of donated items to the Burn Center and Pediatric Unit, including an iPod.
A Generous Spirit
Each year Torrance Memorial's HealthLinks conducts its annual food drive to benefit Harbor Interfaith Services of San Pedro to help families in need celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. This year Christopher Tripp, a Torrance Memorial Auxiliary volunteer, went above and beyond donating just a few spare cans from the pantry. Because he said it was the "season of giving," he left donation bags around his neighborhood with a note attached asking neighbors to leave non-perishable items outside their door for him to pick up. Tripp collected two over-flowing barrels of food.
"I was really touched by this. I thanked him profusely and assured him Harbor Interfaith would be thrilled to receive the generous donation," said Claire Coignard, HealthLinks director, Health Education.
Tripp said he was really surprised at the way people came through. He then added with a bright smile, "You never know."
Honda Dishes Up Support for Main Tower
Craig Leach, president and CEO, Torrance Memorial Medical Center (far left), and Laura Schenasi, executive vice president, Torrance Memorial Health Care Foundation (second from right), graciously accept a check for $100,000 from Karin Baker (second from left) and Stephan Morikawa (far right) of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., to benefit the new Patient Tower (under construction in the background) and pediatric services. The proceeds were generated at this past summer's "Evening Under the Stars" Gourmet Food and Wine Festival at Honda's Torrance headquarters.