Casa Colina's Tribute to Courage Gala

    Bonnie Hunt
    Actress, Producer, Writer, Director

    Aron Ralston

To help celebrate its storied history of hope and healing, Casa Colina and its 840 attendees welcomed Bonnie Hunt, writer, producer, director and actress as the special guest host of its Tribute to Courage Gala on Saturday, February 28 at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center in Pomona.

The Tribute to Courage Gala honors Casa Colina's past and present courageous patients.

This year's guest speaker was Aron Ralston, best-selling author of Between a Rock and a Hard Place and the inspiration behind the Oscar-nominated film 127 Hours. In April 2003, Ralston survived a canyoneering accident in southeastern Utah, during which he amputated his own right forearm to extricate himself from a dislodged boulder under which he had been trapped for 127 hours. "We would like to thank Bonnie Hunt, Aron Ralston and our generous donors who helped make this event such an incredible success," said Dr. Felice L. Loverso, President and Chief Executive Officer of Casa Colina. "What made this night so memorable was being able to honor our remarkable and courageous patients. We are humbled by their indomitable spirits and amazing recoveries."

The Tribute to Courage Gala is Casa Colina's primary fundraising event and this year's event rose over $600,000. All proceeds benefit Casa Colina's free and uncompensated care fund, which helps provide care for under-resourced patients and, in some cases, temporary housing for patients' families so they may be near their loved ones during the often-lengthy rehabilitation process. This fund allows Casa Colina to continue its unwavering dedication to its mission statement of "providing individuals the opportunity to maximize their medical recovery and rehabilitation potential efficiently in an environment that recognizes their uniqueness, dignity and self-esteem."

Special thanks to our Tribute to Courage sponsors listed below:

Platinum Sponsors



Tovey Shultz Construction

Gold Plus Sponsor

Barney & Barney

Gold Sponsors

Michael Bien, M.D.

Couts Heating & Cooling, Inc.

Golden Construction Development Company, Inc.

Jensen Family Trust

Karl Storz

Mr. & Mrs. Gary and Erin Lastinger

Methodist Hospital

David Mitchell

Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP

San Antonio Community Hospital

Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP

UCLA Department of Neurosurgery

Williams, Beck & Forbes

Silver Sponsors

Denise & Felice Loverso, Ph.D.



Claremont Imaging Associates

Gary and Catherine Cripe


Kerry Gott, M.D.

Inland Daily Bulletin

Inland Internists/United Hospitalists

Inland Neurosurgery Institute

Inland Valley Infections Disease Medical Group, Inc.

LA Times Newspaper

Mark Christopher Chevrolet

Odjaghian Law Group

David Patterson, M.D.

Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center

Precision Rehab

Rizio & Nelson

Scorpion Healthcare, LLC.

Select Medical

Surgical West, Inc.

Tri-Xecutex Corporation

US Bank

The Pat & Mark Warren Family Foundation

Kenneth Wogensen, M.D.