Casa Colina's Tribute to Courage Gala
Actress, Producer, Writer, Director
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:
Tovey Shultz Construction
Gold Plus Sponsor
Barney & Barney
Michael Bien, M.D.
Couts Heating & Cooling, Inc.
Golden Construction Development Company, Inc.
Jensen Family Trust
Mr. & Mrs. Gary and Erin Lastinger
Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP
San Antonio Community Hospital
Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP
UCLA Department of Neurosurgery
Williams, Beck & Forbes
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
Rizio & Nelson
Scorpion Healthcare, LLC.
Surgical West, Inc.
The Pat & Mark Warren Family Foundation
Kenneth Wogensen, M.D.