California State University, Stanislaus’ One Purpose fund-raising drive for student scholarships topped the $400,000 mark in pledges after volunteers raised $185,000 during the sixth and final week of the campaign.
John and June Rogers contributed a $50,000. Stanislaus State alumnus John Jacinto and wife Edith led a team of volunteers that generated $28,000 in the final week, while volunteer Chris Murphy reported $13,298 in pledges and Arleen Wallen $11,948. It is the second year of the campaign.
Memorial names chief medical executive
Dr. Bruce Laverty is Memorial Medical Center’s new chief medical executive. He recently retired from the Navy, where he rose from staff anesthesiologist to command a naval hospital in Spain, and later became commander, force surgeon (chief medical officer), of the surface forces of the U.S. Pacific Fleet based in San Diego.
Laverty earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and added master’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts.
Stephanie Gallo to speak at women’s symposium
Stephanie Gallo, vice president of marketing at Modesto’s E.&J. Gallo Winery, will be among the keynote speakers during the Women of the Vine Alliance’s global symposium in April. The organization helps women advance their careers in the alcoholic beverage industry. The event will be at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa. Other speakers include Maggie Henriquez, president and CEO of Krug; Maki Mandela, founder of South Africa’s House of Mandela Wines; Eric Asimov, The New York Times’ wine critic; Susan Kostrzewa, executive editor of Wine Enthusiast Magazine; and Josh Wand of Force Brands.
First Veterans’ Walk scheduled at Downey High
Downey High School will host its inaugural Veterans’ Walk to raise money for the local Veterans of Foreign Wars organization. The event will begin shortly after the Veterans Day parade downtown Nov. 11, with the walk beginning around noon. Proceeds will benefit the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, the Modesto Vet Center RC Flying Club (a therapeutic model airplane flying club) and Rivers of Recovery, which sends veterans on fly-fishing trips.
Dry Creek trails get a cleaning
More than two dozen volunteers a week ago cleaned up the Dry Creek trails between Moose/Kewin parks and the foot bridge crossing Dry Creek to Pamela Monterosso Park near the intersection of Coffee Road and Scenic Drive. They pulled roughly 6,000 pounds of garbage from the creek bed and along the trails.
Contributing to the effort were Girl Scout Troop 3475; Capt. Phil McKay of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife city staff members from parks, water quality control and the police department; and La Loma resident Doug Highiet.
Small-business lenders honored
Success Capital recognized three local businesses for their roles in creating and developing small businesses in Stanislaus County in 2015. Central Valley Community Bank was the most active lending partner, while Eric Tobias of F&M Bank was the most active Small Business Administration 504 Loan Program officer and Brandon Murphy of Modesto Commerce Bank made the largest 504 loan. Stanislaus County Supervisor Dick Monteith and Mike Rodrigues were recognized for their contributions to Success Capital’s board.
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