Diana White Cancer Institute

The Health Pavilion and Diana White Cancer Institute at Adventist Health Sonora. 

Adventist Health Sonora will be raising money for cancer patients at its 18th Annual Joie de Vie Gala on Sep. 30. The event will take place at the hospital’s new Health Pavilion and cancer institute, which opened in late April.

All proceeds collected during the gala will benefit the Cancer Patient Support Fund, which assists patients with financial needs like transportation, groceries, medication co-payments, rent, and more.

“We always want to make this a fun and memorable event for the people who support us in improving cancer care in our community.” Kara Turpen, director of philanthropy at Adventist Health Sonora stated in a press release. “This year, we moved the event to our campus, and will be celebrating the expanded health care services the Diana J. White Cancer Institute brings to our community.”

This year’s theme will be “Old Hollywood,” encompassing a dinner, entertainment, and both silent and live auctions featuring artwork and gift baskets as well as dining and vacation opportunities. Three-time cancer survivor Mark Nouillan will be the keynote speaker of the evening.

The program also includes the presentation of the annual Irving Symons Award, which recognizes long-term, outstanding community service. Dr. Fred and Darlene Mathews of Sonora will be this year’s honorees.

The event has already signed on a substantial list of sponsors, including “Diamond”-level sponsors Black Oak Casino Resort and Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians.

“We are blessed to have such a supportive family of businesses and individuals in this community. Our Cancer Patient Support Fund continues to help cancer patients during trying times because of the generosity of these supporters,” Turpen said.

For more information on this year’s gala, or become a sponsor or donor, visit www.adventisthealthsonora.org/gala or call 209-536-5022.


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