Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s Volunteer Auxiliary presented
a check for $188,000 to the Torrance Memorial Health Care Foundation at
its 2015 Auxiliary Board Installation Lunch. The donation will be allocated
toward the naming of new Lundquist Tower Auxiliary Healing Garden as part
of a $1 million, multi-year pledge. To date, $800,275 has been raised.
The more than 900-member Auxiliary collected the money through various
fundraisers and proceeds from the Torrance Memorial Gift Shop.
The Auxiliary Healing Garden features a flourishing, water-efficient landscape
and a peaceful fountain, providing tranquility for patients, families
and other members of the Torrance Memorial community to enjoy. It serves
as a restorative space for patients, where they can relax and enjoy the
trees, flowers and other integral parts of the landscape.
“We are extremely grateful to all of our wonderful volunteers for
the daily efforts and contribution to building this wonderful feature
of the new Lundquist Tower,” said Mary Matson, director of Torrance
Memorial Volunteer and Guest Services. “It is fitting that their
efforts have provided our patients and visitors with this peaceful, healing
In addition to the check presentation, the Auxiliary announced the installation
of its 2015 board: Beth Zager, president; David Sato, president elect;
Irene Goldman, 1
st vice president, Hospital Services; Patrice Cullen, 2
nd vice president, membership; Carla Zanino, secretary; Krissie Douglas,
treasurer; Spirit White and Tina Trudnowski, Gift Shop chairpersons; Lindsay
Imwalle, special events chairperson; Allen Scarpetti, public relations
chairperson; Valerie Punzal, program chairperson; Bea Mantico, parliamentarian;
Donna Cohen, legislative issues chairperson; and Shirley Cook, historian.